Biorobotics Laboratory BioRob

Project Database

This page contains the database of possible research projects for master and bachelor students in the Biorobotics Laboratory (BioRob). Visiting students are also welcome to join BioRob, but it should be noted that no funding is offered for those projects. To enroll for a project, please directly contact one of the assistants (directly in his/her office, by phone or by mail). Spontaneous propositions for projects are also welcome, if they are related to the research topics of BioRob, see the BioRob Research pages and the results of previous student projects.

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Amphibious robotics
Computational Neuroscience
Dynamical systems
Human-exoskeleton dynamics and control
Humanoid robotics
Miscellaneous
Mobile robotics
Modular robotics
Neuro-muscular modelling
Quadruped robotics


Amphibious robotics

736 – Firmware development for a sensorized Pleurobot
Category:semester project, master project (full-time)
Keywords:C, C++, Communication, Control, Embedded Systems, Firmware, Linux, Programming, sensor
Type:5% theory, 10% hardware, 85% software
Responsible: (MED 1 1626, phone: 38676)
Description:In this project, the student is expected to continue developing the existing firmware for high-performance low-level control of the new Pleurobot (our amphibious legged robot modeling Pleurodeles waltl) and its multiple sensors. The major objectives include: (1) Improve the sampling speed and robustness of the microcontrollers that collect data from multiple sensors. (2) Increase the bandwidth of and reduce the latency in the communication between the onboard computer and multiple microcontrollers. (3) (For full-time students) Develop low-latency wireless communication between the onboard computer and the user's laptop for remote control. The student is expected to be familiar with (1) communication protocols including SPI, UART, and CAN, and (2) programming of embedded systems using C/C++. Knowledge about signal processing, wireless network protocols, and/or GUI development can be a bonus. The student who is interested in this project could send his/her transcript, CV, and description of their past project experience to qiyuan.fu@epfl.ch. A student who can work full-time in the summer or the autumn semester is preferred.

Last edited: 16/05/2024
734 – Firmware development for ENVIROBOT
Category:semester project, master project (full-time)
Keywords:C, C++, Embedded Systems, Firmware
Type:5% theory, 20% hardware, 75% software
Responsible: (MED 1 1025, phone: 36630)
Description:A new generation of electronic boards for ENVIROBOT, as well as a complex firmware, has been developed as a master project. The goal of this project is to continue the development, by adapting the currently existing firmware in the new environment, and extending it with new functionality available on the new platform. Requirements:
  • Good knowledge of C/C++ programming, especially in embedded environments
  • Previous experience with embedded development on microcontrollers
  • Understanding of basic digital electronics (e.g. signal levels, UARTs, buses as I²C & CAN)
  • Previous knowledge of the STM32 platform is a plus


Last edited: 17/04/2024

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