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Robotics for Future Industrial Applications Summer School

RWTH International Academy
3 weeks
Full time
Summer / Short course
Scholarships available
On campus
02 August 2021

Program description

I. Academic Content

The Summer School is all about advanced robotics. Headed by the Cybernetics Lab of RWTH Aachen, students explore future industrial applications and the role of robotics. Using C++, Java or Python skills, the challenges and opportunities of AI and neural networks are explored and tested in practical applications.⁠

II. German Language and Culture

Summer School students gain insight not only into the student life in the beautiful city of Aachen but also into the rich and vibrant German culture and history. Through the university’s “Summer Mentor” program, international students have the chance to immerse themselves in the vibrant student community at RWTH Aachen University. Participants will get to know Aachen from a true student’s perspective: They learn more about academic and cultural practices in Germany with the support of their German “Mentor” who is typically a student enrolled at RWTH Aachen University and can so offer first-hand experiences in and around the campus, painting an authentic picture of university life.

III. Social Events - Have fun while studying!

RWTH International Academy offers an extensive support program next to the academic courses in which participants meet like-minded people from around the world. All students from our different Summer School programs are invited to take part in sporting or dancing events, cooking nights and get-togethers. There is a wide offer of intercultural activities and excursions in and around Aachen –enjoy your stay!

Being in the heart of Europe, Summer School students will also have the opportunity to explore Aachen’s surrounding area – be it other German cities close-by such as the former German capital Bonn, Düsseldorf and Cologne or enjoy the European diversity in cities like Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam.

Admission requirements

  • B.Sc./B.E. student enrolled at a renowned university
  • Studying mechanical engineering or a related field
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
  • Minimum English language proficiency equivalent to:
    TOEFL ibt : 72 points
    IELTS: 5.5 band score
    TOEIC: 785 points
    Cambridge: FCE, Grade C
    CEFR = B2

Please note:
Desirable is the completion of the first year as well as basic knowledge in the following areas: Lecture „Artificial Intelligence“ (or objective evidence of equivalent knowledge), programming skills (C++ and/or Java), interest in logic-based programming. Linux skills are beneficial.

Required Documents

  • Your Cover Letter 
  • Your Curriculum Vitae (Resume)
  • Your academic records (Transcript of Records)
  • A color photo of yourself
  • Additional documents to support your application (optional)
  • English Proficiency Test (optional)

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Program content

Academic Staff

The Cybernetics Lab conducts the academic content. Its interdisciplinary research focuses on information management, knowledge management, and management cybernetics.

Description of Modules

In this Summer School, students receive an introduction to the engineering, controlling and programming of robots.

Future Industry: Networked, Distributed, Automated and Intelligent
Digitization changes the way in which industrial players design and manufacture products. One central goal is to overcome isolated solutions, which were created in the first phase of digitization, beginning around 1970. While the focus was on the determined optimization and digitization of individual process steps and within department boundaries, the goal during the current second phase of digitization is to achieve continuous networking, especially beyond boundaries of individual processes and departments. As a result, this networked architecture breaks down existing hierarchical information and control flows and replaces them by flexible, constantly changing networks of hardware and software services. The end of the information supply chain is characterized by robotized units, such as production machines and transport units, which are supplied with specific information for a flexible handling of their tasks – in an automated, autonomous, flexible and intelligent fashion.

Continuous and Process-Wide Information Acquisition and Supply
Communication is of tremendous importance in modern technical production systems. Nevertheless, because most of the factories constitute brown field environments and do represent grown structures, establishing communication between mostly heterogeneous systems is not an easy task. Without the right communication concept, future industrial solutions are not realizable. Thus, the first week of the summer school deals with the communication between heterogeneous systems in manufacturing. By starting with communication within technical systems, we discuss how to establish communication in production by modern means. We explore leading-edge communication protocols such as OPC UA as well as DDS and the students learn how to use these protocols within practical and hands-on modules.

Towards Intelligence: Self-Learning Industrial Robot
After understanding communications, we introduce industrial robots and talk about research challenges in this area. Students learn how to program and control robots using Linux and ROS (Robot Operating System). Further, the students get to know cutting-edge learning algorithms that allow robots to learn motion tasks via trial and error methods. This part involves a theoretical introduction to the principles of reinforcement learning and practical tasks. The students implement a learning algorithm for a real, continuous controlled robot and show the performance on an assembly task.

Multi-Robot System and High-Level Reasoning
Within future industry there is not one but thousands of robotic units working together. Therefore, the students learn about the most important aspects of a multi-robot system from perception to high-level reasoning guided by an example from the RoboCup Logistics League. The goal is to give an overview of the components of such a system and to provide practical experience in hands-on sessions. Students learn about our three-layered architecture for high-level decision-making. The lowest layer provides access to the robot hardware and implements basic components such as robot localization, navigation and perception. For the middle layer, we direct the students towards reactive behavior modelling. Finally, we talk about task-level reasoning and more specifically about the rule-based production system CLIPS. The students learn how rule-based production systems make decisions in general and perform practical implementations within hands-on sessions by using CLIPS.

Tuition fees

Program fees for our Online Courses:

  • 2 weeks programs: 1194 EUR
  • 3 weeks programs: 1794 EUR
  • 4 weeks programs: 2250 EUR

The program fees contain our full online experience. Find detailed information on the program pages or our website.



At the end of the Summer School program, you will receive a Certificate of Participation together with a Certificate Supplement from RWTH Aachen University, stating the workload and the academic content of the Summer School.

Upon successful completion of the Summer School, you will furthermore receive an Executive Certificate and a Certificate of Performance from RWTH Aachen University, stating the final grade.


2-week programs (about 60 hours): 2 ECTS credits can be awarded

3-week programs (about 90 hours): 3 ECTS credits can be awarded

4-week programs (about 120 hours): 4 ECTS credits can be awarded

Please note:
Ultimately it is up to your home institution as to how many credits may be awarded. For details, please speak to your home institution’s Study Abroad Adviser!

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This Summer School is all about the engineering, controlling and programming of robots. The lectures introduce fundamental theoretical knowledge in robotics and are complemented by lab classes, in which students apply their acquired knowledge in practical projects.


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52074 Aachen

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