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30.05.2018 20:38

VSU opens an academic programme in robotics

The Faculty of Applied Mathematics, Informatics, and Mechanics opens a new four-year programme “Mechatronics and Robotics”.

The programme combines traditional mechanics, mathematics, and engineering.  Great attention is paid to microcontrollers – microcircuits for the control of electronic devices.

Over the last ten years the area of designing electronic devices and mechanisms has been developing very fast. As a result, compact powerful devices have appeared, capable of performing complex calculations and interacting with the environment in real time. This in turn has led to a growing interest to robotics from industries and society.

Mechatronics is a new area of science that incorporates mechanics and electronics. A controller is the brain of the system, and mechanical parts are its functional components.  Of great importance is the development of control algorithms that can take into account the available forms input (various sensors) and actuators. A specialist in mechatronics requires knowledge from several areas – mathematics, mechanics, and programming.

Prior to the opening of the new programme, the university upgraded the laboratory facilities and purchased new equipment. Thus, the university purchased 3D printers, a DJI drone, MakeBlock robotic kits, and STM32F4 and STM32F7-based microcontroller units. Students also use microcontoller units produced by the partner company “Research Institute of Electronics”. The Faculty of Applied Mathematics, Informatics, and Mechanics also has a Robotics Centre where schoolchildren and students design, construct, and programme their own robots.

Graduates of the programme will have good employment prospects. They can find jobs at various engineering companies, IT companies, and development laboratories.

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