Applications are now open for this program for January 2020! Click here to apply now.
AIM Overseas is pleased to offer the Robotics: Real-Life Applications of Intelligent Designs program taught by Riga Technical University (RTU) in Latvia. RTU welcomes students with a wide range of interests and the program incorporates multiple disciplines such as project management, design, electronics and programming!
Nowadays, we cannot imagine a world without humans and robots interacting. Artificial intelligence has become an integrated part of our lives. Not only have robots improved our way of life, they have also become greater utilised for more complex tasks and are given more complex responsibilities. Students in the Robotics: Real-Life Applications of Intelligent Designs program will develop their very own functional robot and learn about the processes that are involved in the development, design and construction of the robot.
The course will provide students with hands-on and practical experiences such as Computer and Robotic System design, Technical Graphics, Artificial Intelligence, Robot Systems Modelling and Microprocessor Controllers. This program takes a multidisciplinary approach with incorporated teamwork, so that students are able to successfully and efficiently reach their end goal, which is to create a functional robot.
** Details to the program are still subject to final change *
Hear What a Returned Student Says About the Program
The following topics will be explored during the program:
- Prototype Development and Presentation
- Technical Graphics (Solidworks3D CAD Design Software)
- Robot Control System Development Project
- Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence
- Control Technique with Microprocessor Controllers
- Logical Foundations of Intelligent Robots
Below is the tentative list of activities likely to be included as part of the program:
- Riga sight-seeing tour
- Weekend trip to Tallinn
- Secret Soviet Bunker
- Baltic Sea Coast Winter Hike
- Motor Museum
- Husky Dog Sledding
Students will have relevant site visits included in the program. These are TBC and will be available closer to the date.
Riga Technical University
Riga Technical University (RTU) is the oldest technical university in the Baltics (three countries in northern Europe on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) and was established in 1862.
During the Robotics program, students will learn through a wide range of disciplines. Academics teaching the program are:
Agris Ņiķiņenko, Associated Professor, Doctor of Engineering. Work field: Autonomy, Autonomous Robots, Robot Navigation and Decision-Making, Robotic Systems Management.
Modris Dobelis, Professor and Head of the Computerised Engineering Graphics Department.
Egons Lavendelis, one of the leading lecturers in the Artificial Intelligence and Systems Engineering Department.
Guntis Kuļikovskis, one of head engineers of Robotics Club of RTU, Head of RTU Design Lab.
Kārlis Berkolds, research assistant in the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, leading engineer and consultant in Robotics Club of RTU.
You will be staying in student accommodation at Riga Technical University’s Kipsala Campus. The campus is in close proximity to faculty buildings, Riga city centre and a big shopping mall. Your dormitory will include internet, bedding, linens and a towel.
I'm sure anyone on the program would agree the greatest highlights this week have been the excursions. On Friday, we filed into a small bus and got driven to a manufacturing plant in Ogre. There, we were transported into the fast-paced world of Hansa Matrix: a leader in electronics development and manufacturing. The plant was lined with cutting-edge automated assembly machines and the insides of the assembly flow were detailed thoroughly by our guide. It was crazy to see how automated the processes are these days and the prospects of robotics in further increasing efficiency.
However, even with all these memorable activities, husky dog sledding was without doubt, the favourite amongst the group. When we arrived to the snowy expanse in Drabši, Riga, all eyes were immediately glued to the huskies frolicking in the distance. Everyone ranc squealing to the huskies, eager to shower the doggos with lots of belly rubs and love. There definitely were unashamed pleas from more than one person to just stay with the huskies for the rest of the program. With such clear skies that day and glistening soft snow, dog sledding was a must-try.
Latvia is a tapestry of sea, lakes and woods, with vast unspoilt parklands. Having been invaded by almost every regional power, Latvia has more cultural layers and less homogenous population than its neighbours. Latvians consider themselves the most artistic of the Baltic lot, and this is shown through the myriad of festivals. Riga, the capital of Latvia, is the gateway to Latvia along with the whole of the Baltics. Riga is included on the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage list. Its location is central to the country, on the South Coast of the Gulf of Riga, and is at the mouth of Latvia’s largest river, the Daugava. Riga is home for more than 700,000 inhabitants and is the largest city in the Baltic States. As Riga has developed at the crossroads of trade, its metropolis has become extremely multicultural city where you’ll always be able to find a multitude of places that are of interest. Riga is a great destination for a weekend trip, somewhere to gain brand new impressions and to relax. Each Century has left its mark in the city’s features. They can be seen in the architecture of the Old Town and the City Centre. This cultural heritage coexists harmoniously with the quick pace of modern living. Riga is also known as the pearl of architecture – a city in which one can see together in one place churches that were built at the city’s very origin, the medieval buildings of the Old Town, plus unique Art Nouveau examples, as well as wooden architecture which has survived for centuries.
All our programs are designed to count for credit as electives. However, it is up to your university to decide whether they will approve some credit for your participation in one of our programs. Normally it is a course convenor, Head of Department or program convenor who approves your credit.
Your course convenors will not be able to approve credit for a course unless you have a copy of the syllabus so you should not visit your course convenor until you have received a copy of the course syllabus from AIM Overseas. You will receive the syllabus upon being assessed as eligible for the program.
You might be able to obtain the $6000+ OS-HELP loan, as well as a scholarship from your university, when participating in an AIM Overseas program.
Our programs are designed so that eligible Australian students can access the OS-HELP scheme, which can provide funding of over $6,000 for international study experiences.
We give you detailed information about OS-HELP and how to apply for it in your Initial Consultation with us, which we further outline in an email following your Initial Consultation.
Many Australian universities offer scholarships for their students to take part in overseas study programs. We will provide you information on scholarships that we are aware of at your university as part of your application/acceptance for a program. You can also check your university’s international office webpage to see what might be offered.
Applications are now open for this program. Early application is recommended as places are limited.
The application process for this program are as follows:
1. Apply online
2. You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results from your studies at university so far after submitting your application.
3. We’ll review your university results and application and, if you are eligible for the program, we will invite you to book an initial consultation by phone with one of our Student Experience Coordinators. You will also be sent the course syllabus with more program info.
4. You’ll pay our $55 application fee and book in your phone consultation at a suitable, available time with a Student Experience Coordinator.
5. The phone consultation lasts about 20-30 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.
6. After your consultation we’ll send you a follow-up email with instructions on what to do next, an invitation to join a program specific Facebook group to connect with other students applying for the program and a process document, which we have developed in conjunction with your Australian university, to guide you on how to apply for credit and funding.
7. Once you’ve completed the next steps in that follow-up email we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, you’ll be accepted onto the program.
8. Upon acceptance, you will receive three emails containing your AIM Acceptance letter, steps for applying for credit and funding at your Australian University, as well as your downpayment invoice. Note: Your downpayment is due in two weeks from the date of your acceptance and secures your place on the program.
9. Once you’ve paid your downpayment, your application will be sent to the host university for them to process and review and they’ll send us your final official host university acceptance letter which we will send to you.
10. The full program fee (as shown on the website) minus the downpayment and application fee already paid, will be due at the absolute latest by 28th October 2019.
Programs are usually over-subscribed, so it is really important that you take care of things as quickly as possible. We’re here to help and will provide you with information and reminders about what you need to do at various stages.
For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions. Alternatively, you are welcome to submit an enquiry or register your interest. Registering your interest means you’ll receive updates (via email and phone) prior to the application deadline.