Sensing the Surroundings


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

In many situations the robot has to operate in a non-static environment, e.g., the robot is mobile or the objects the robot interacts with are in unknown locations and/or configurations. For the robot to be able to operate in such situations it needs to 1) be able to sense its (changing) surroundings and 2) react accordingly. This project module deals with exactly these two challenges

Learning objectives


  • Must have knowledge about the terminology with robotic sensing
  • Must be able to understand how a particular robotic system, for example the semester project of the student, relates to similar system and the surrounding context


  • Must be able to analyse a relevant problem and suggest a solution that uses theories and methods within the fields of robot sensing and perception.
  • Must be able to identify constraints and assessment criteria for a concrete robotic solution, and (if relevant) its usefulness to society
  • Must be able to synthesise, i.e., design and implement, a system (or parts thereof) using a relevant combination of sensing and perception for a concrete robotic scenario
  • Must be able to evaluate such a solution with respect to the afore mentioned assessment criteria


  • Must be able to select appropriate sensors (biological or technical) for a particular robotic task/application
  • Must be able to select relevant theories and methods from the fields of robotic sensing and robotic perception and apply these in a new context
  • Must be able to communicate the above (using proper terminology), both orally and in a written report
  • Must be able to demonstrate a working prototype of their solution

Type of instruction

See the general description of the types of instruction described in the introduction to Chapter 3



Name of examSensing the Surroundings
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleAutomatisk sansning af omgivelserne
Module codeESNROBB4P1
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerBachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering (Robotics)
Study BoardStudy Board of Electronics and IT
DepartmentDepartment of Electronic Systems
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design