Intelligent Machine Design Lab – Advanced System Design

Lecturer (assistant)
TypePractical course
Duration5 SWS
TermWintersemester 2022/23
Language of instructionEnglish
Position within curriculaSee TUMonline

Admission information


s After completing this module, students will have in-depth practical knowledge and skills in the development of complex mechatronic systems. Students are able to develop and commision an advanced mechatronic system - e.g. a robot-arm/manipulator - with defined task-spectrum. Furthermore, they have further developed their skills regarding problem solving and teamwork in the context of complex interdisciplinary problems.


The IMDL - Intelligent Machine Design Lab Module 2.2 is part of a three-semester module series, which aims to enable students to develop and build complex and powerful mechatronic systems with high social/economic relevance. Students learn to develop product ideas independently and to transfer them step by step into near-series product prototypes. After completing the module series, students are able to start mechatronic systems and projects of any complexity and to develop and successfully realize their own project ideas, which solve e.g. social, economic, or ecological problems. Particular focus is placed on the development of multi-disciplinary design and integration skills and their use in an interdisciplinary team. The modules within a semester as well as between the different semesters build on each other in terms of content. Therefore, successful completion of the previous modules is strongly recommended (the content of module 1.1 is required for module 1.2, module 1.1+1.2 is required for module 2.1, etc.). The focus of Module 2.2 of this series is the further development and deepening of both practical and theoretical skills in the areas of system development, design, and planning as well as practical construction and commissioning of advanced mechatronic systems. In particular, teamwork and problem-solving skills in the context of a complex interdisciplinary problem are the focus here. The complexity of the targeted mechatronic systems is oriented towards robot arms or manipulators that fulfill a defined range of tasks. Based on these requirements, the students must independently develop, build, program, commission, and finally present a fully functional system. Please note that this module is not only a change from mobile robot to robot arms. More specifically, in the previous1.2 module, students design their own mechatronic systems using intermediate design methods and components while they are closely supervised by the TAs and receive much help. In contrast, the students in the 2.2 module will use more advanced designing approaches, learn to be experts in choosing high-quality components, and they will also be provided less help; hence, be more independent. ( However, assistance and support will be provided if we feel a particular student is not really able to be independent.) In other words, the robot arm is just a project example to get an idea of the system complexity - it does not necessarily need to be a robot arm. Also, I would like again to mention that these modules are part of a multi-semester-multi-interdisciplinary course series focusing on mechatronics design -enabling the students to build product-like high-quality systems and improving their start-condition for their own startups significantly. Here, the components and methods introduced in IMD-Advanced Mechatronics Components are applied in a targeted manner.


- IMD - Advanced Mechatronics Components (IMDL course semester 2) - IMD - Mechatronics Fundamentals (IMDL course semester 1) - IMDL - Basic System Design (IMDL course Semester 1) - Programming (C ) - Basics of electrical engineering (analogue circuits, ...) - Basics of electronics (microcontrollers, bus systems, ...) - Basics of machine elements - Actuator and sensor systems

Teaching and learning methods

Project work


The module grade is determined by the actual project work, in which the students demonstrate their ability to develop and integrate complex mechatronic systems within a team. This includes a 10-minute presentation in which the students explain their results. Based on this, the functionality of the final software/hardware application as well as its development, the testing process and the theoretical principles used for it will be evaluated.

Recommended literature

- Paul Scherz and Simon Monk, ‘Practical Electronics for Inventors’, 4th rev. ed McGraw-Hill Education - Eric S. Roberts, ‘The Art and Science of C’, Pearson Education - Robert l. Norton, ‘Design of Machinery’, Mcgraw-Hill Europe; 3rd Revised edition - Clarence W. De Silva, ‘Mechatronics: Fundamentals and Applications’, Apple Academic Press Inc. - Shimon Y. Nof, ‘Springer Handbook of Automation’, Springer; 2009. Edition - Jan Awrejcewicz, ‘Mechatronics: Ideas, Challenges, Solutions and Applications’, Springer; 1st ed. 2016 Edition - Rochdi Merzouki, ‘Intelligent Mechatronic Systems; Modeling, Control and Diagnosis’, Springer; Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2013 Edition - Paul Horowitz, ‘The Art of Electronics’, Cambridge University Press; 3. Edition