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Smart Manufacturing & Robotics

General objectives

After completing this minor the student has the following abilities:

  • Program actual industrial robots;
  • Integrate robots into production lines;
  • Create machine vision solutions;
  • Professional client contact;

After completing this minor the student has the following facility design abilities:

  • Design new production facilities;
  • Optimize existing production facilities;
  • Simulate entire factories

Learning to deploy robots in manufacturing environments. Gaining practical knowledge and skills in programming production robot setups and implementing the use of vision, external sensors, actuators and machine learning in these setups.

Summary of contents

The global competitive landscape of manufacturing is rapidly changing due to the onset of advanced manufacturing technologies. Smart manufacturing combines the advantages of mass production and piecewise production to bring about a fundamental change in the way production processes designed, built and executed.
This industrial robot automation focused minor prepares you – by hands-on practice and theory – for this change. You will learn to design and simulate an entire factory as well as program our own industrial robots.


For more information and past projects, please refer to:


Competency levels

At the end of this minor you will have met the Bachelor end standards of the following competencies:

  • Implement part of a production system (implementation)
  • Executing a feasibility study of a factory automation project (research)
  • Creating a conceptual factory automation design (design)
  • Drawing up of factory automation project plan (planned operation)                                                        
  • Self-management (individual/group)

All competencies except professionalization are expected to be available (previously proven) at the level that is required for the major of Mechanical Engineering, which is coupled to the Bachelor of Engineering standard.

Aanvullende informatie

Indication of target group

AAll (international) students in the following disciplines (or a similar STEM domain): Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics, Physics/Technical Physics, Robotics, Technical Business Administration, ICT/Information Technology, Applied mathematics, Mechanical Engineering.


Teaching methods + studyload

The minor consists of two projects of 10 weeks. In the first 2-3 weeks of each project, courses and practicums are taught to get the students quickly acquainted with the hard- and software skills to successfully finish the projects.

EPS cluster project 1 “Implement a real robot in a real production line” (total: 8 ECTS)

7 ECTS*: various practicums and tutorials on state-of-the-art robot control, vision, programming, designing and intercultural teambuilding

  • Lectures and practicums: full-time for the first 2-3 weeks
  • Tutoring, 4-8 hours per week
  • Project:  full-time for the remaining weeks

EPS cluster project 2: “Implement a real robot in a real, more advanced production line” (total: 10 ECTS)

5 ECTS*: various practicums and tutorials on state-of-the-art machine learning, sensors data processing, joining and intercultural teambuilding

  • Lectures and practicums: full-time for the first 2-3 weeks
  • Tutoring, 4-8 hours per week
  • Project:  full-time for the remaining weeks


*specific course content dependent on projects and student group needs


Minimum- and maximum participation

Minimum: 12 students, maximum: 25 students.



The project (or parts of it) are executed in cooperation with local companies, universities (e.g. TU Delft) and institutes (e.g. TNO) working in the international market.
Excursions will take place to local companies working in the international market.


The minor will be entirely taught in English.


  • Basic knowledge of production technologies.
  • 90 ECTS (propedeuse points do not count).
  • Sufficient English ability to be able to participate in group work, understand lectures and written materials.

Note: International students may gain access after three years (or an equivalent of 135 ECTS) of university education. Please contact the minor coordinator for details.


Courses in the minor are examined in the following manner. Project:

  • Project documentation
  • Presentation
  • Demonstration
  • Interrogation
  • Collaboration with fellow students
  • intercultural and English abilities
  • hard- and software practicums

Automation & robotics subjects*, e.g.:

  • Robot practicum (pass/fail)
  • Vision practicum (pass/fail)
  • Sensors and mechatronics (pass/fail)
  • Machine learning and programming workshops (pass/fail)
  • Intercultural communication and excursions (pass/fail)

For all parts of the project and all courses at least a result of 5,5 out of 10 needs to be obtained after re-examination, or a ‘Pass’ in case of a Pass/Fail examination scheme. Practical work can be passed by active participation. If all parts are passed on these terms, the minor is completed.
Examination will take place in the 8th week of the term and re-examination in the 10th (final) week of the term. Project product demonstration will be expected in the 9th week of the term.
*Subject names may be subject to change.


  • Various books
  • readers and documentation

Details will be announced later.


Information about scheduling will be sent to you approximately one week before the start of the minor.

There are no places available in semester 1. Enrolment for semester 2 is still possible.