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53251-01 - Block course: Rapid prototyping for measurement systems, automation, control, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality 2 CP

Semester fall semester 2018
Course frequency Once only
Lecturers Nicolas Gerig (
Georg Rauter (, Assessor)
Content Nowadays, there is large knowledge available about control from a theoretical point of view. However, getting an entire setup working from hardware integration, safety, control, up to the graphical user interface or virtual environment, is seldom taught.

Participants will learn about basic differences in various automatization environments such as dSPACE, Matlab xPC Target, Matlab/Simulink, LabVIEW, and TwinCAT3. Within one week, the participants will learn how to integrate motors, sensors, and safety components in a predesigned electric cabinet for automation and control purposes. They will develop an automation application for a balancing and visual tracking application, integrate different control schemes, and write a graphical user interface to control the application in real-time.

In groups up to four, the participants will learn how to integrate different hardware components in a real-time control system (TwinCAT3, Beckhoff). They will learn how to account for software safety for an application involving servo motors. After successful hardware and software safety integration, different control schemes (model based controllers, non-linear controllers, vision-based non-linear controllers, etc. ) will be integrated in Matlab/Simulink. After compilation for TwinCAT3, the controllers will work on an industrial embedded real-time PC. During runtime, the participants will be able adapting controllers-online, record data, and see the influence of different filters. Consequently, the participants will program their own graphical user interface (GUI) in the game development engine UNITY. This GUI can be interfaced with the real-time environment through an Automation Device Specification (ADS), i.e. a field bus interface for TwinCAT3. After first experiments with the hard and software, two groups will work together for realizing a two-degrees of freedom ball balancing application, where each group controls one degree of freedom. The feedback loop will be closed through real-time vision-data that needs to be extracted applying feature extraction in real-time. Finally, the performance of the teams’ solutions to the challenging application is evaluated in a friendly competition.
Learning objectives Hardware, and software integration in real-time applications.
Basic knowledge in applied control (model-based control, non-linear control, cascade control).
Real-time data extraction using computer vision algorithms.
GUI-programming for real-time applications.


Language of instruction English
Weblink DBE
Use of digital media No specific media used


Interval Block
Date 10.09.2018 – 14.09.2018
Time Monday, 09.00-17.00 Gewerbestrasse 14, Vorlesungsraum DBE 14.03.002
Tuesday, 09.00-17.00 Gewerbestrasse 14, Vorlesungsraum DBE 14.03.002
Wednesday, 09.00-17.00 Gewerbestrasse 14, Vorlesungsraum DBE 14.03.002
Thursday, 09.00-17.00 Gewerbestrasse 14, Vorlesungsraum DBE 14.03.002
Friday, 09.00-17.00 Gewerbestrasse 14, Vorlesungsraum DBE 14.03.002

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Modules Doctorate Biomedical Engineering: Recommendations (PhD subject Biomedical Engineering)
Assessment format continuous assessment
Assessment details immanent examination (80% attendance to lectures), constructive contribution, group projects
Assessment registration/deregistration Reg.: course registration; dereg.: teaching staff
Repeat examination no repeat examination
Scale Pass / Fail
Repeated registration no repetition
Responsible faculty Faculty of Medicine
Offered by Departement Biomedical Engineering (DBE)