Developing Curricula for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics


21 – 23 September 2022 – University of Stuttgart / Germany: The Institute for Technical and Computational Mechanics (ITM) at the University of Stuttgart organized a practical training course for the DeCAIR team visiting from Jordan and Lebanon at the premises and labs of the ITM institute. The participants were professors from the University of Jordan (UJ), Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), Tafila Technical University (TTU), and Beirut Arab University (BAU).

On the first day of the visit, Prof. Dr. Ing. Michael Hanss gave an overview of the institute, its structure, organization, people, research, and funding. Mr. Mario Rosenfelder gave an interesting talk about mobile robotics at the ITM and ITM contribution to teaching. This was followed by an overview of the practical training on applied dynamics at ITM. Dr. Ing. Pascal Ziegler gave a short lab safety briefing.
The training comprised four experiments with focus given on teaching methods, assessment, and experiment development. They were given by specialized research staff in their field:
  • Mobile robotics: The experiment involved in-house built ground mobile robots and drones being controlled in a centralized and distributed fashion with the use of Intel® RealSense™ Computer Vision Depth and Tracking equipment.
  • Railway Locomotive Distance Control: The experiment involved an in-house built circular (infinite) railway with two locomotives where the distance between the two locomotives must be kept constant under varying conditions and disturbances. The experiment was developed using LabVIEW and demonstrated the concepts of proportional and PID controllers and the effects of integral windings
  • Ball on a Rim: The experiment focused on how to balance a ball on a moving wheel with varying speeds. The experiment made use of Simulink software and hardware in the loop controllers to keep the ball from falling.
  • The Pendulum experiment involved a model of a much larger pendulum displayed at Stuttgart Expo. The experiment also used Simulink and hardware in the loop configuration to control the movement of the pendulum under physical constraints.