Final projects at RAM

This page is for students who want to graduate with the Robotics and Mechatronics research group.

Where you can (not) graduate

Differences between internship and master thesis project

The internship and graduation project have very different learning goals, which in turn leads to different requirements:

  • Internship: The goal of the internship is to obtain practical experience, in a professional environment in an employee-like role, different from the academic university environment. Hence, it can be done anywhere, except the UT. It is not possible to replace it by coursework.
  • MSc final project: The goal of the final project is doing scientific research, at the RAM research group, related to our scientific projects.

Therefore, you can not graduate at a company. Do not ask for exceptions; we can only apply a single rule. The reason for this is that we as a group are responsible for the scientific quality of the process and your work, and that simply cannot be guaranteed if you are doing your thesis elsewhere.

Finding a thesis project at RAM

To find a thesis project, there are two main ways:

1. The RAM website

Have a look at the list of Assignments and ongoing Projects, and contact the indicated contact person.

Depending on your background and interests, and those of the supervisor, you may be able to 'tune' the assignment to your liking.

2. Contact one of the PhD, post-doc or scientific staff members with research interests that align with yours.

Our staff page lists the research interests of the scientific staff.

If you are not successful with options 1 and 2, meet with the final project coordinator, Jan Broenink.

To meet with the final project coordinator, select interesting topics from the list below, and then make an appointment through our secretary, Jolanda Boelema.

  • Theoretically focused (modelling, mathematical approaches, analysis, simulation; i.e. no work on real setups)
  • Practically oriented (design or redesign (parts of) setups in the lab, and build a prototype / proof of principle)
  • Modelling physical behaviour and simulate
  • Modelling and Control law design, simulate, and test experimentally.
  • Design and test / implement controllers
  • Design and test robotic setups or extensions using (Systems Engineering) design methods
  • Construct (robot) prototypes, maybe 3D printed
  • 3D printing, procedures, materials, sensors
  • Medical Imaging / analysis of images
  • Medical imaging, experimenting, use 3D printed structures
  • Computer vision / imaging for inspection robotics
  • Navigation / localisation software (simulations or on real robots)
  • Robot software, algorithmic software
  • Robot software frameworks, networked robot software
  • Embedded / real-time software, software drivers / programmable hardware
  • Model-Driven Software Development Tools