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Automation and Robotics

Description of Automation and Robotics

Automation and control are pervasive enabling technologies which are found in almost any modern technical system, in particular in production and transportation system. Robots are key components in modern factories and will increasingly be used in the service sector and for unmanned operations in hostile environments. Thus there is a growing need for engineers who can design, maintain and upgrade those complex automation systems.

In addition future A&R engineers require a profound knowledge in information and communication technology which is also a main issue of the programme. Thus, the Masters programme in Automation and Robotics provides the necessary foundations for a professional career in the field of automation, control and robotics in the information age. The programme also includes courses especially designed to enhance project management and communication skills.

Chair offers for Automation and Robotics

Mandatory courses Semester Credits Lang.
Control Theory and Applications WS 7 english
Logic Control / Steuerungstechnik SS 6 english

Elective courses Semester Credits Lang.
Advanced Process Control WS 5 english
Process Performance Optimization WS 5 english
Dynamic Models (Modeling of Dynamic Systems) SS 3 english
Single-loop and Multi-loop Controller Design SS 2.5 english
Batch Process Operation WS 3 english
Data-based Dynamic Modeling (System Identification) SS 3 english
Laboratories SS 4 english
Project Seminars WS english
A&R Seminar WS 2 english
Process Optimization for A&R SS english

Experience of Graduates


Nan Wang from China

Master Program in Automation and Robotics

Hello everyone, I am Nan Wang from China. I graduated in July 2013 with M. Sc. degree in Automation and Robotics at TU Dortmund University, Dortmund, Germany. I finished my master thesis in the specialization of Process Automation at the Process Dynamics and Operations Group (DYN) of TU Dortmund University. It is definitely a pleasant and significant experience to live and study in Dortmund.
Dortmund is not only famous for the German beer and the football team. The university is also the pride of this big city. Here in the university, which is one of the most prestigious technical universities in Germany, you will be astonished to find an international atmosphere in the campus and the students from all over the world.

The courses of the master program Automation and Robotics stretch over four departments and eight main academic specializations. There is still a wide range of group projects and seminars provided for you to warm up for the final thesis. You can choose the things that you are interested in to study with a high level of independence. Of course the exams are also relatively challenging to push you forward.

The thesis as the last part of the studies however is the most important part. There exist numerous choices from almost all the departments in the university for students. I did it at the Process Dynamics and Operations Group (DYN), headed by Prof. Engell. I had selected lots of courses offered by this group before and was addicted into the research and teaching specializations of the group. The knowledge is taught in the lectures, but you can turn the theoretical things into reality and practical implementations in the lab experiments, the group project, and even the master thesis. This is the key point that interests me and consequently I finished my last step, the thesis, at DYN. The whole academic faculty and the staff of this group are kind and supportive. Just remember, the professor and the supervisors are always your wise guide and solid backup.

In the end, as a graduate, I wish you all the best in your future study life in Dortmund.

Nan Wang
21. 7. 2013
TU Dortmund University

SubanatarajanSubanatarajan Subbiah from India

Master Program in Automation and Robotics

I completed my master of science on May 2006 specializing in process automation. It is really a great opportunity to present my views and the experiences that I encountered as a student in Germany.

Imagine a small kid who rides a cycle with his/her parents watching her back all the time is suddenly left all alone with a bike and asked to ride in a highway. I felt the same way as the kid when I landed and placed my foot for the first time in Germany, but I wasn't the only one to feel that way and there were also a few other students who felt the same. But as days moved by, the friendly environment inside the university and a safe and sound atmosphere outside the university slowly started building self-confidence inside me. I also had the chance to make many new friends from different part of the world thereby giving an opportunity to work in a multi-cultural environment.

Anna VölkerAnna Völker from Germany

Master Program in Automation and Robotics

I finished the Master in Automation and Robotics in 2007. I was the only German in my batch, which scared me in the beginning but coming to Dortmund for the international program turned out to be the best decision in my life. I came to know so many nice and intelligent people from all over the world. Although our background was from different technical subjects, different religions and cultures, we had a lot of fun together and a good support and cooperation within the whole group. It made me a better person and I already miss all my colleagues.

There is great variety in the subjects offered for the Automation and Robotics program. The fields of robotic, autonomous robots, and control theory are covered. There are also some lectures about related topics such as embedded systems, signal processing, and scheduling. I enjoyed the freedom in choosing my preferred subjects. Although some subjects are quite hard, they are interesting and worth the effort. In basically all lectures, the professors, lecturers, and assistants are technically well trained, very helpful, and supportive. Along with the subjects, there are some lab experiments such as programming an industrial Kuka robot, which was a lot of fun.

Gaurang ShahGaurang Shah from India

Master Program in Automation and Robotics

Hi, I am Gaurang Shah from Mumbai, India. I graduated in December 2006 with M. Sc. degree in“Automation and Robotics”specializing in Process Automation. Staying and studying in Dortmund has been a unique experience for me which will stay with me for the rest of my life.

Dortmund is one of the rapidly growing cities gaining its popularity in the state of North- Rhine Westphalia (NRW). Apart from being famous for its beer, what’s unique about Dortmund is that it has a good mixture of international crowd which come from India, China, Pakistan, Mexico, Columbia, Vietnam, Thailand, Turkey, Iran, Syria, Sri Lanka, Spain, etc. There is a very good transportation network and there is Dortmund airport as well. Secondly, Dortmund is close to several famous destinations like Duesseldorf, Köln, Hannover, Aachen, Brussels and Paris. The University of Dortmund is quite big and it’s one of the few places in Germany which has a sky-train connecting the North campus with the South campus of the University. The University library is quite big and there are several PC-pools with internet access for students.

Abdulrahman Wael DandachiAbdulrahman Wael Dandachi from Syria

Master Program in Automation and Robotics

I am a graduate from the master program Automation and Robotics. I would like to orient this message to those considering pursuing a master degree. I was a graduate from a Syrian university and a working engineer for 3 years in Saudi Arabia when I came to Germany. I can’t honestly describe how much knowledge and experience I earned from my master study not only in a pure scientific level but also in a human and personal level, simply I am now a better engineer. I had been exposed to a new organized way of thinking and I learned how to tackle problems more efficiently. In these two years in Germany I learned how good hearted and humbled are Germans, and in the same time how smart dedicated and organized they are. If you are wondering what is Universität Dortmund policy for international students: It is simply ”we will provide you with any thing to help you learn”. I did my master thesis at the Process Control Laboratory and that as the most distinguished experience in my study; the staff is highly knowledgeable and more importantly helpful and there is no limits to the support you get from the department in order to achieve your objectives. Finally I am proud to be a graduate from a German university and I know that this master will give me a better future.

Wish you all a bright future.

Abdulrahman Dandachi

Wasay TahirWasay Tahir from Pakistan

Master Program in Automation and Robotics

I feel really privileged to be an alum of the Technical University Dortmund. I completed my graduate studies in July, 2011 doing M.Sc. in Automation and Robotics (A&R) with specialization in Process Automation. The social life and academic activities in Technical University Dortmund made this journey eventful and pleasant; this is an excellent opportunity to share my wonderful experiences.

Being from Karachi, which is the largest city of Pakistan, it is not a general tendency to go to Germany for higher education. I chose Germany and explicitly the international Masters program of A&R at TU Dortmund on the basis that all the courses were being taught in English, it was financially affordable, in accordance with my career goals, well structured and involved distinguished and respected faculty from different departments.