RobotCraft is a two months intensive internship and summer-course program. After the tremendous success of past editions, RobotCraft's 7th edition is coming in the summer of 2022.
Basis of mobile robotics
Acquire 3D modeling, 3D printing, and electromechanical concepts, applied to the design of mobile robots.
Explore the Arduino platform and the ROS framework for the low-level and high-level control of mobile robots.
Build your own robot
Consolidate all concepts taught towards the design of a mobile robotic platform and compete with your friends!
Intern’s attendance is assessed using the unique RFID cards used as individual identification. To obtain the certificate, the intern must comply with the following attendance:
Lessons (theoretical classes, seminars, workshops, etc.): 60 out of 84 hours
Laboratory: 24 out of 36 hours (4 out of 6-week laboratories)*
* Attendance outside predefined laboratory days does not make up for missing laboratories.
Craft #1 (C1): Introduction to Robotics (4,5 hours T)
Presentation of lecturers, mentors, and interns (T)
Presentation of RobotCraft and the different crafts it comprises (T)
Introduction to robotics, describing the history of robotics and its evolution (T)
Presenting mobile robot morphologies, namely sensors and actuators (T)
Brief literature review related to robotics, presenting the necessary basic theoretical concepts (T)
Craft #2 (C2): Introduction to Programming (16,5 hours T)
Introduction to C/C++ programming (T)
Craft #3 (C3): Mechatronics (6 hours T | 6 hours L | 6 hours H)
Introduction to electromechanics in mobile robotics (T)
Electromechanical assembly of the mobile robotic platform (L)
Craft #4 (C4): Mobile Robotics Programming (12 hours T | 12 hours L | 12 hours H)
Introduction to C language applied to Arduino programming (T)
Describe the features of Arduino solutions and ATMEL microcontroller (e.g., hardware architecture, cycles, pin configuration, communications), using the Arduino Mega board (T)
Identify the different wireless communication technologies used in robotics (e.g., RF, Bluetooth, AdHoc, ZigBee) (T)
Introduction to low-level algorithms, flowcharts, and pseudocode (T)
Acquire skills in the sensor and actuator practice used in robotics (T | L)
Develop a typical differential kinematic application using Arduino Mega (L | H)
Craft #5 (C5): Introduction to Linux (12 hours T)
Introduction to Linux OS (T)
Craft #6 (C6): Robot Operating System (24 hours T | 12 hours L | 12 hours H)
Introduction to ROS (T)
Describe ROS features (e.g., stacks, publish-subscribe, topics, rosserial), and provide specific examples and case studies (T)
Present ROS-compatible simulators, such as Morse, Stage, and Gazebo (T)
Introduction to high-level algorithms, flowcharts, and pseudocode (T)
Follow ROS tutorial under simulation environment (T | L)
Explore rosserial for Arduino – ROS communication (T | L)
Develop a typical remote sensing application using both Arduino and ROS (L | H)
Craft #7 (C7): Artificial Intelligence (6 hours T | 6 hours L | 6 hours H)
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, presenting different paradigms and some real applications (T)
Introduction and importance of integrating biologically-inspired models in robotics (T)
Formalizing a mobile robotic approach, devising biologically-inspired algorithms and finite-state machines (T | L)
Develop a streaming architecture to exchange all necessary data between Arduino Mega and Raspberry Pi 3 (e.g., sensor readings, encoders readings, actuators control, etc.) (L | H)
Craft #8 (C8): Competition (6 hours T | 27 hours O)
Discussion of the competitive events, rules, and prizes (T)
Consolidate concepts learned over all crafts and test the mobile robotic platform under a specific scenario (O)
Program application includes a welcome kit and access to all the crafts and other events, such as trips, envisaged by the organization.
“Early” application ends on April 30, 2022, and “Regular” application rates apply from 1 May to 31 May 2022. Applications will not be accepted after that date.
Early (Until April 30, 2022)
Regular (Until May 30, 2022)
Higher Education Student
The University of Coimbra Student*
* Requires the submission of proof during the application process.
Costs of living
There will be the typical costs of living, such as room, food, etc., naturally. I would say that, for the whole 2-month program, already including the registration costs in RobotCraft, each student should be willing to spend about 1370€.
As a rule of thumb, RobotCraft does not contribute with ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) to your ongoing academical course, unless your University contacts us in this respect. In this case, an agreement may be reached to offer a given number of ECTS as part of your academic training.
The payment fee only covers the RobotCraft training program. Therefore, it does not cover expenses, such as accommodation, food, and other paid activities.
All the material supplied in the course is held by Ingeniarius, Ltd. and is the company’s property.