Seminar on Intelligent Methods in Mechatronics

Module number: EI8039

Duration: 1 Semester

Reccurrence: Winter and summer semester

Language: English

Number of ECTS: 5


Professor in charge: Ralph Kennel

Amount of work

Class attendance: 60

Private Study: 90

Total: 150

Course work and exam formalities

The module exam consits of the following components:

- written report on the results as term paper (40%)

- regular discussions with the assigned tutor (research assistant) about the work progress and the concept (40%)

- a presentation of 15 minutes of the results and a colloquium of 5 minutes afterwards (20%)

By the delivery of the "presentation" the ability is tested to understand a technical/scientific subject, to analyse and evaluate facts and factors of influence, to summarize the subject and present it to an audience, and to stand a discussion abouth the presented subject. By the written summaries the ability is tested to summarise the major facts and the conclusion of a presentation in clear and concise manner, both in a short abstract (150 words) as well as in a 1-page executive summary. By the regular discussion the ability to develop an idea from initial thoughts to complete picture within a given timeframe and by delivering milestones.


The seminar offers the opportunity to become acquainted with recent topics of electrical drive systems and power electronics in research and industry. The topics are related to but not restricted to current research at the intsitute, e.g.

- sensorless control of electrical drives

- modern strategies in drive control

- "Hardware-in-the-Loop" systems

- renewalbe energy systems

During the seminar dates the participatents are trained to improve their presentation and discussion skills and, during an individual work phase on their specified topic, they are supervised by a tutor in preparing a technical report and presentation. Finally, the students present their results and answer questions in the subsequent discussions.

Learning outcome

After attending the module students are able:

- to familiarize themselves independently with specified topics in the field of electrical drive systems and power electronics in industry and/or research

- to write a technical report on their work and

- to present and discuss their work in the framework of a technical seminar with professional audience


The follwoing forms of media are applied:

- Computer-aided presentation of the participants' talks

- Students work mostly by provided computers equipped with the required simulation software

Teaching and studying methods

Each participant works on an individual technical and/or scientific problem. This is mainly carried out by each student independently. Depending on their individual topic, participants are assigned to an individual tutor. The tutors assist students - in particular in the beginning - by introducing the topic, providing appropriate literature and helpful hints regarding the problem and its solution, the written report, and the oral presentation.

During the seminar modern presentation techniques are introduced and discussed on the basis of the given presentations. Therefore the participants get individual feedback on their presentation skills (during seminar dates) and their report (during discussion with tutor).