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15 January 2017

The System Design Project is a Semester 2 module 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 with a tournament.

The Project

This year's task is to use Lego and an Arduino to play two-a-side football, based loosely on the Robocup competition small size league, with our own specific rules.

Here is the official SDP rules document.

The programme and further information about the final day is available here.
Short biographies of the external judges can be found here.


The class is assigned to groups of 7 or 8, each responsible for the development of a single robot. Groups will be paired to form a two-robot-player team. 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).

Groups for 2017.


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 above or below average contributions.

Timetable 2017

Unless otherwise indicated, events will take place on the two pitches in Forrest Hill, 3.D03 and 3.D04. The lab space 3.D02 is also allocated purely to SDP.

Key information


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