This program covers engineering methods and technologies relevant in making artificial mobile systems, such as robots, independent of permanent human supervision, i.e., that enable mobile systems to autonomous intelligent operations. Application areas focus on robotics and automation, but also includes automotive and transport industries communication technologies, marine technology, and logistics. Furthermore, it involves transdisciplinary aspects related to the study of processes that enable mobility in intelligent natural systems. Hands-on experience with technical systems and methods in state-of-the art labs are part of the program.
Robotics and Intelligent Systems (RIS) - The Program
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Fall Intake 2023:
Apply by June 1 (global) and July 15 (for applicants who do not need a visa)
3 years full-time
€ 20,000 per academic year (two semesters)
All students are considered for an academic achievement scholarship based on their school grade point average (GPA).
Each admitted candidate will receive an individual financial package.
The three-year undergraduate program involves six semesters of study with a total of 180 ECTS credit points (CP). The curricular structure follows an innovative and student-centered modularization scheme - the 3C-Model - that groups the disciplinary content of the three study years according to overarching themes:
Study program structure
The ﬁrst study year is characterized by a broad offer in disciplinary education that builds on and extends the students’ entrance qualification. RIS Students take introductory modules with a total of 45 CP from the CHOICE area.
RIS students have the option (according to the default study plan) to change their major after their first semester to Electrical Engineering (ECE) and Physics (Phys), or at the beginning of the second year of studies to Computer Science (CS).
RIS students take the following discipline-specific CHOICE Modules in their first year of study:
- CHOICE Module: Introduction to Robotics and Intelligent Systems (7.5 CP)
- CHOICE Module: Programming in C and C++ (7.5 CP)
- CHOICE Module: Algorithms and Data Structures (7.5 CP)
- CHOICE Module: Introduction to Computer Science (7.5 CP)
- CHOICE Module: Classical Physics (7.5 CP)
- CHOICE Module: General Electrical Engineering (7.5 CP)
The Introduction to Robotics and Intelligent Systems module lays the foundation for intelligent systems, the core of the program. Programming in C and C++ and Algorithms and Data Structures, introduce students to imperative and object-oriented programming and basic algorithms and data structures.
In their second year, students take modules with a total of 45 CP from in-depth, discipline-speciﬁc CORE modules. These modules aim to extend the students’ critical understanding of the key theories, principles, and methods in their major at the current state of knowledge and best practice.
To pursue Robotics and Intelligent Systems as a major, 45 CP from the following mandatory and mandatory elective CORE modules need to be taken:
- CORE Module: Robotics (m, 5 CP)
- CORE Module: Machine Learning (m, 5 CP)
- CORE Module: RIS Lab (me, 5CP)
- CORE Module: Automation (me, 5 CP)
- CORE Module: Embedded Systems (me, 5 CP)
- CORE Module: Control Systems (me, 5 CP)
- CORE Module: Computer Vision (me, 5CP)
- CORE Module: Artificial Intelligence (m, 5CP)
- CORE Module: RIS Project (m, 5CP)
The remaining 15 CP can be selected according to interest and/or with the aim of pursuing a minor in Computer Science, or students complement their studies by taking all of the above listed mandatory elective CORE modules.
During their third year, students prepare and make decisions for their career after graduation. To explore available choices fitting individual interests, and to gain professional experience, students take a mandatory summer internship.
The 5th semester opens also a mobility window for ample study abroad options. Finally, the 6th semester is dedicated to fostering the research experience of students by involving them in an extended Bachelor thesis project.
RIS students take 15 CP of major-specific and major-related Specialization modules to consolidate their knowledge at the current state of research in areas of their choice.
RIS students choose 15 CP of the following Specialization Modules:
Specialization Modules offered inside Robotics and Intelligent Systems
- Specialization: Human Computer Interaction (5 CP)
- Specialization: Marine Robotics (5 CP)
- Specialization: Optimization (5 CP)
Modules from Computer Sciences
- Specialization: Distributed Algorithms (5 CP)
- Specialization: Computer Graphics (5 CP)
- Specialization: Web Application Development (5 CP)
- CORE Module: Software Engineering (7.5 CP)
- CORE Module: Databases and Web Services (7.5 CP)
Modules from Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Specialization: Digital Design (5 CP)
- CORE Module: PCB design and measurement automation (5 CP)
- CORE Module: Information Theory (5 CP)
Modules from Mathematics
- Specialization: Stochastic Processes (5 CP)
- Specialization: Stochastic Methods Lab (7.5 CP)
Modules from Industrial Engineering and Management
- CORE Module: Operations Research (5 CP)
Modules from Data Engineering (MSc)
- ELECTIVE: Parallel and Distributed Computing (5 CP)
As a core element of Jacobs University’s employability approach students are required to engage in a mandatory two-month internship of 15 CP that will usually be completed during the summer between the second and third year of study. This gives students the opportunity to gain first-hand practical experience in a professional environment, apply their knowledge and understanding to a professional context, reflect on the relevance of their major in employment and society, reflect on their own role in employment and society, and find professional orientation. As an alternative to the full-time internship, students interested in setting up their own company can apply for a start-up option to focus on the development of their business plan.
The Jacobs Track, an important feature of Jacobs University’s educational concept, runs parallel to the disciplinary modules across all study years and is an integral part of the study program. It reﬂects a university-wide commitment to an in-depth training in scientific methods, fosters an interdisciplinary approach, raises awareness of global challenges and societal responsibility, enhances employability, and equips students with extra skills desirable in the general ﬁeld of study. Additionally, it integrates (German) language and culture modules.
Methods and Skills modules
Methods and skills such as mathematics, statistics, programming, data handling, presentation skills, academic writing, and scientific and experimental skills are offered to all students as part of modules within the Methods and Skills area. Students are required to take 20 CP in the Methods/Skills area.
RIS students take the following Methods modules:
- Methods: Calculus and Linear Algebra I (5 CP)
- Methods: Calculus and Linear Algebra II (5 CP)
- Methods: Probability and Random Processes (5 CP)
For the remaining 5 CP RIS students can choose between the Methods modules*:
- Methods: Numerical Methods (5 CP)
and the Mathematics CORE module:
- CORE Module: Discrete Mathematics (5 CP)
*Students from entry Fall 2020 or earlier who do a Math minor must choose Numerical methods.
Big Questions modules
The modules of the Big Questions area intend to broaden the students’ horizon with applied problem solving between and beyond the disciplines. The offerings comprise problem-solving oriented modules that tackle global challenges from the perspectives of different disciplinary backgrounds and that allow, in particular, a reflection of the acquired disciplinary knowledge in economic, societal, technological, and/or ecological contexts.
RIS students take 2-4 modules (10 CP) from a big portfolio of Big Questions modules.
Community Impact Project
In their 5th semester, students are required to take a 5 CP Community Impact Project (CIP) module. Students engage in on-campus or off-campus activities that challenge their social responsibility, i.e., they typically work on major-related projects that make a difference in the community life on campus, in its neighborhood, in Bremen, or on a cross-regional level.
Jacobs University supports its students in acquiring and improving these skills by offering a variety of language modules at all proﬁciency levels. Emphasis is put on fostering German language skills of international students as they are an important prerequisite for non-native speaking students to learn about, explore, and eventually integrate into their host country and its professional environment.
All students take four language courses in the first and second year.
Robotics and intelligent systems are more and more present in everyday life. Automation with some sort of embedded intelligence is now the norm rather than the exception. As a consequence, the possible career paths are very broad for graduates with a Robotics and Intelligent Systems degree and the job market is very favorable.