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DD2426 Robotics and Autonomous Systems 7.5 credits

Advanced course in computer science focusing on the broad, inter-disciplinary field of robotics. Students in groups design, build and program their own autonomous robots for a contest between the groups.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus DD2426 (Autumn 2009–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

During the course a small, mobile, autonomous robot for performing certain tasks is built. This work is carried out in groups as a project. At the end of the course there is a contest between the robots that the participants have constructed.

The theoretical part of the course deals with fundamental concepts in robotics, kinematics, navigation and digital control. The practical part of the course adds hands on experience with sensors, actuators, programming of microcontrollers and building of robots.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should

  • be able to design and implement an autonomous robot almost from scratch including mechanics, computer software and hardware as well as programming.
  • be able explain basic concepts and technologies in the broad and interdisciplinary field of robotics,
  • be able to identify the possibilities and limitations for robottechnology of today,

The course also provides valuable experience in

  • project based problem solving
  • writing a report that documents the work carried out in the project

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

Knowledge corresponding to the courses during the first five semesters for students from the D-program in mathematics, computer science, mechanics, and digital electronics, as well as computer hardware basics. Other knowledge that is useful for the course project, but not required, is C programming and control theory.


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To be announced at least 4 weeks before course start at course web page.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Project task, 4.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

In this course all the regulations of the code of honor at the School of Computer science and Communication apply, see:

Other requirements for final grade

Examination (TEN1; 2 university credits.).
Project assignments (LAB1; 4,5 university credits.).

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Profile picture Patric Jensfelt

Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web DD2426

Offered by

CSC/Computer Science

Main field of study

Computer Science and Engineering, Information Technology, Information and Communication Technology

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

Please discuss with the instructor.


Patric Jensfelt, tel: 790 6731, e-post:

Supplementary information

The number of participants is limited to 40 during spring term and 20 during autumn term.

Please note that this course will be replaced by DD2425 Robotics and Autonomous Systems as from the academic year 10/11!