The System Design Project runs in semester 2 and is a group project involving construction of an item of significant complexity under conditions designed to give insights into industrial teamwork.
It is a 20 credit course with design, construction and assessment through the semester, ending in a demonstration day with industry visitors.
It will be run in a similar way to last year, and more detail can be found in these introductory slides. There will be an introductory lecture towards the end of the semester 1 which will also update you on any changes for the coming year.
The task is to design and build an assistive robotic device, with an appropriate software interface.
You will have some flexibility to set your own goals for this task, but here is an example of what you could attempt: a person indicates an object on the floor with a laser pointer, and the robot picks it up and returns it to the person.
On the final day, your systems will be demonstrated to external judges, who will be asked to assess whether they would consider investing in your group and the technology you have developed.
The class is assigned to groups of 7 or 8, each responsible for the development of a single robot. Assessment involves group marks for product (performance and documentation of the robot systems). Individual marks will then be adjusted for process (how each team member contributed), see details below.
Each group will have an assigned mentor, with whom they meet around once a week, and who offers advice and monitors progress, but - importantly - does not lead or manage the group. Advice on how the group should organise themselves for good project management will be provided. Problems within the group should first be brought to the attention of your mentor; if you have an issue with your mentor, you should bring this to the attention of the SDP TA (see below).
The assigment to groups and mentors will be announced towards the end of semester 1.
Assessment of the group will be based on the following elements (follow links for further details):
Individual scaling of the group mark will be applied to reflect significantly above or below average contributions, informed by the individual process reports and feedback from your fellow group members and mentor.
Unless otherwise indicated, the work of SDP, including client demonstrations, will take place in the dedicated SDP labs on the third floor of Appleton Tower. Other events associated with the course will take place in the locations indicated.
The timetable below is provisional (based on last year) but should be approximately correct. Note in particular that it is important that you are here from the first Monday of the semester.
|Monday January 14th (afternoon) 13:30 - 16:00||IF atrium and G.07||Opening session - week one guide|
|Tuesday January 15th||AT level 3||Kit handout and introduction to the SDP space - timetable|
|Wednesday January 16th 11:00||TBC||Guest lecture: Chris Paton, Amazon|
|Wednesday 16th January 14:00||AT level 3||Robot building workshop|
|Thursday 17th January 13:00 & 15:00||AT level 3||Software development workshop|
|Friday 18th January 14:00||IF G.07||Project pitches|
|Wednesday January 23rd 11:00||TBC||Guest lecture|
|Friday January 25th 16:00 deadline||submit project plan|
|Wednesday January 30th||TBC||Guest Lecture|
Wednesday February 6th
|AT Level 3||First client demonstration|
|Wednesday February 13th 11:00||TBC||Guest lecture|
|Wednesday February 27th||AT Level 3||Second client demonstration|
|Wednesday March 6th 11:00||TBC||Guest lecture|
|Wednesday March 13th||AT Level 3||Third client demonstration|
|Friday March 22nd 16:00 deadline||submit user guide|
|Wednesday March 28th 11:00||TBC||SDP experience in your job career|
|Thursday April 4th 9:00 -- 17:00||AT Level 3||Final client demonstrations|
|Friday April 5th 9:00 -- 17:30||IF G.07 and AT level 3||Final day event:
|Wednesday April 17th 16:00 deadline||submit technical report and individual report|
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