Introduction to Soft Robotics

Academic Study Board of the Faculty of Engineering

Teaching language: English
EKA: T550068102
Censorship: Second examiner: Internal
Grading: 7-point grading scale
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Autumn
Level: Master

Course ID: T550068101
ECTS value: 5

Date of Approval: 12-07-2022

Duration: 1 semester

Version: Archive

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Course Title

Introduction to Soft Robotics

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Responsible study board

Academic Study Board of the Faculty of Engineering

Administrative Unit

Mærsk McKinney Møller Instituttet

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Course Responsible

Name Email Department
Kamilla Juel Sørensen TEK Uddannelseskoordinering og -support


Name Email Department City
Ahmad Rafsanjani Abbasi SDU Biorobotics
Jonas Jørgensen SDU Biorobotics

Programme Secretary

Name Email Department City
Kim Lundblad Price TEK Uddannelse

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1 semester

Recommended prerequisites

The course materials are self-contained. However, it is recommended that the student has a general knowledge of mechanical design and experience with programming a microcontroller.

Learning objectives - Knowledge

Upon completion of this course successful students will be able to:

  • Summarize the working principles of soft robots and outline major innovations in the field of soft robotics.
  • Describe fundamental mechanisms of actuation, sensing, and control in the context of soft robotics systems and explain their advantages and limitations.
  • Identify different design and fabrication techniques and choose proper methods for constructing soft robots

Learning objectives - Skills

Upon completion of this course successful students will be able to:

  • Design, compose, construct, and evaluate soft robotics prototypes for specific tasks
  • Test and analyze the performance of soft robotic elements and interpret the results
  • Fabricate functioning soft robotic devices made of compliant materials.

Learning objectives - Competences

Upon completion of this course successful students will be able to:

  • Apply the methods of iterative, incremental development in the construction of a prototype.
  • Conceive an idea for a soft robotic prototype for a specific task or application and execute it, drawing on knowledge of existing work and techniques.
  • Develop novel soft robot designs, soft robotic components, or fabrication techniques


This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to soft robotics and reviews recent works and research in this field. Soft robots are an emerging class of robots that take inspiration from natural organisms and deal with constructing robots from highly compliant materials to create soft machines that can adapt to a wide variety of tasks. The teaching encompasses theoretical and practical work on actuation and perception mechanisms, sensing technologies, control strategies, and design and fabrication techniques for soft robots. It also surveys several cases of implementing these elements in soft robotic systems. Alongside the theoretical, and methodological study, students will gain hands-on experience working with soft robotics through lab exercises and work on a final group project and build a soft robot prototype.

Topics that will be covered in this course include

  • Bioinspired soft robots
  • Engineering soft materials for soft robots
  • Principles of soft actuation mechanisms
  • Sensing technologies for sensorized soft robots
  • Control strategies for soft robots
  • Computational tools for modeling and simulation of soft robots
  • Design and fabrication techniques for soft robots
  • Selected applications of soft robots

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Teaching Method

  • The course consists of lectures followed by interactive lab tutorials and a project period
  • Students will work on an exam project in groups or individually under supervision of lecturers
  • Students should hand in a short report on the final project at the end of the course in a predefined format. For a group project, the final report can also be handed in as a group report.
  • Students should create a video on their project that will be exhibited at the end of the semester.

Number of lessons

48 hours per semester

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Exam condition:

The mandatory project report must be handed during the semester and in accordance with requirements specified at the beginning of the semester.


Individual exam based on course materials and the final project report. The final project and the short report will be part of the overall assessment towards the final grade.

Form of examination

Oral examination


Second examiner: Internal


7-point grading scale


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Oral exam 25. minutes.

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Additional exam information

The form of examination in the re-examination is the same as in the ordinary examination.

Additional information

Due to lab space constraints and materials budget the course is limited to an uptake of 30 students.

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Courses offered

Offer period Offer type Profile Education Semester


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