| Additional materials related to all events can be found in the section Useful documents and links|
IAM-2014 conference, St. Petersburg,18-19 September 2014
|IAM-2014 conference held in St. Petersburg
The international research and practical conference "Cooperation of European Union, Russian and Ukrainian universities on Masters' training in the field of automation and mechatronics" (IAM-2014) was held in St. Petersburg State Electrotechnical University from 18 to 19 September 2014.
The event included presentations of representatives of a number of Russian universities, Blaise Pascal University (Clermont-Ferrand, France), Liberec Technical University (Czech Republic), Technical University of Sofia (Bulgaria), Ukrainian universities from Kharkov, Zhitomir and Kiev. Participants shared their experiences in student exchange, development of virtual laboratories and systems of testing. The guests visited the Department of Automatic Control Systems (ACS), where they were shown educational resources in the field of mechatronics and automation systems.
"We have laid the foundations for cooperation even when our institution was created. First educational programs were based on the symbiosis and integration of experience of the best European universities of the XIX century. Because of this even in those days our university has become a center of attraction for many scientists. Nowadays we do not see the development of our university without integration into the world educational area" - said V. M. Kutuzov, rector of St. Petersburg State Electrotechnical University at the opening ceremony.
"This is the last meeting within the framework of our project. I would sincerely like to see we have not lost relations with our colleagues. To do this we need to find ways to prepare new joint projects. I hope that we will be able to find a new place for meeting and continue to work together for the sake of our students,"- says Petr Tůma, the coordinator of the TEMPUS project, head of the Institute of Nanomaterials, Advanced Technology and Innovation (Czech Republic).
The main objective of the "Dual Master's Degree in Automation and Mechatronics" project is harmonization of Russian and Ukrainian engineering education with the European and provision of the mutual recognition of degrees through the development and introduction of double degree program for masters in automation and mechatronics.
The conference ended with a cultural program: participants visited the main sights of St. Petersburg and visited the Yusupov Palace.
Summer school in BPU,Clermont-Ferrand, 19-23 May 2014
|Meeting on the double degree program TEMPUS-MPAM in BPU
On 19-23d May, 2014 in Blaise Pascal University (Clermont-Ferrand, France) a regular meeting on the double degree program TEMPUS-MPAM was held. The reports on preparation of interactive laboratory works and tests were made; published teaching manuals and a collaborative monograph were presented.
The project head B.B. Samotokin made a report on the project implementation, and appreciated its current outcomes very highly. In spite of the difficult political situation, all the main planned activities had been implemented with a due quality and in time.
Special mentions were made of Tambov University for its lead in interactive laboratory works, Kharkov University for its adoption of the Claroline system for organization of the united education area. NSTU led in the number of teaching manuals, Saint-Petersburg State Technical University - in its preparedness to present interactive works for the participants of the meeting.
The high quality of students learning, the need to continue their education in the joint PhD program was manifested by the NSTU and Liberec University's (Czech Republic) representatives. In the next academic year two more students from NSTU are supposed to study in Liberec in the developed double diplomas program.
Sevastopol University's representatives could not attend the meeting due to the existing circumstances. However, they exchanged greetings and best wishes with the participants by Skype.
The meeting was held in a warm atmosphere, all the discussions were businesslike, professional and informal. The representatives from the Universities of Sofia (L.Vankov and Petrov) and Liberec (P.Tuma) told about the study of graduate students from Russia and Ukraine in their universities.
NSTU offered to use its journal "Automation and Software Engineering" (presumably - issue 2 in 2014) for covering the program and publication of articles from the universities-participants of the program.
The next meeting is scheduled for autumn of this year in St. Petersburg.
ZSTU regional seminars in Automation/ Mechatronics
|ZSTU regional seminars in Automation/Mechatronics
Zhytomyr State Technical University is an active participant of regional seminars in Automation/Mechatronics of MPAM project. Four of the six planned seminars have already been held.
The first seminar "Automation:problems, ideas, decisions" was held on 9 - 13 September, 2013. The seminar was held in format of a round table. The seminar involved 55 participants, including doctors of sciences, candidates of science and
students. Among the participants, there were representatives of MPAM project partnership - KPI and SevNTU.
The second event - International seminar in the format of round table. It was held
on December 12, 2013, and involved 28 participants - teachers, Ph.D students and master students.
The third seminar "Piezoelectric gravimeter of automation aviation" department "Industrial
robots accuracy automated control in flexible integravimetric system" was combined with a videoconference. The event was held on 21 January 2014 and involved 26 participants, including KPI representatives.
The fourth seminar was a round table at an International scientific conference ICIT 2014 "Information and communication technologies in science, manufacturing and education", held on 28 January 2014. It
involved about 20 participants of ZSTU and about 30 of another MPAM project partner - Saratov State Technical University.
Coordination meeting, 3-5 February 2014
|Project 5th Coordination meeting
Project coordination meeting (5th meeting of the PMC) was held at Technical University of Liberec, 3-5 February 2014, at the presence of all university partners' representatives. The following issues have been discussed:
- teaching materials development and revision of
teaching materials by EU partners;
- format of information about authors and their photo;
- provision of information for Material on Modern methods of students' training;
- possibility to hold an additional seminar on Hybrid learning space;
- project promotion materials, in particular,
possibilities to produce videomaterial instead of printed;
- development of descriptions of remote access laboratory works by partners;
- program for remote access laboratory works' evaluation proposed by KPI;
- deadlines for arrangements for students participating in JMP with TU Liberec;
- revision of DDST
Guides and involvement of students - participants of Joint Master Program;
- development of e-Library courses (in particular, reducing their number, avoiding duplication and focusing on practical mechatronics subjects);
- completion of Quality Assurance System implementation reporting;
- suitable time for monitoring by
national Tempus offices;
- importance of having Tempus stickers on the project equipment as well as financial and documents' translation issues.
The agreed dates for the third Summer school for teachers, hosted by NSTU, are July 1-5th 2014. The Summer school should be combined with NSTU Masters'
defence, video-conference, and demonstration of remote access laboratory. NSTU may organise edition of a collection of participating teachers' abstracts on Mechatronics. Number of SS3 participants should be reduced from 4 to 3 (as students do not participate). Lists of SS3 participants should
be adopted by May 2014, due to difficulties with hotel booking. SS3 will not be combined with coordination meeting.
It is planned to discuss project progress at additional IHLS seminar. The dates of Final project conference, hosted by LETI, agreed on September 17-19
2014. Coordination meeting participants have also met with SSTU and NSTU students who are on study at TU Liberec, to discuss their study, practical issues and experiences.
The coordination meeting was combined with Project external evaluation mission, which was held by two external experts -
Ukrainian expert Viktor Mizernyy, Professor, Vice Rector on Scientific and Pedagogical Work at Vinnytsia National Technical University and Russian expert Evgenii Matcuev, leading engineer of Electropult-ASU Enterprise. Experts were present at all coordination meetings, held interviews with key persons and a
questionnaire survey. They also met with the 6 students who are currently studying in TU Liberec on MPAM Joint Master Program. A monitoring report is expected.
NSTU regional seminars in Automation/ Mechatronics
|NSTU regional seminars in Automation/Mechatronics
Novosibirsk State Technical University (NSTU) is an active participant of regional seminars on Automation/mechatronics, planned in the MPAM project. Five seminars are planned, and four of them are already
conducted or scheduled. The first seminar was held in format of conference with competitions, it was held in the period from 1st to 18th March 2013 and titled "Scientific Session NSTU and the Days of Student Science NSTU 2013".
There were 42 participants of the seminar, including teachers, students and Ph.D. candidates. Following the competition results, three master students received yearly NSTU grants.
The second seminar was held as sections of an international conference on the dates 28 June -
1 July 2013, titled the 8th International Forum on Strategic Technology - 2013 (IFOST - 2013). There were 132 participants, including faculty members, students and academic researchers. There were 9 sections of the conference, including "Applied engineering sciences" and "Informational and
communication technologies". On these sections, a lot of presentations of MPAM specialisation topics were made,for example: Fractional order PID-regulators and method of their simplification with the increase of the controlling effect; Modification of software for the control of laser measurer of super
small deformations; Numerical optimisation of PID-regulators using the improper moving detector in cost function; Training and researching robotic platform with servomotor controlling on the base of Lego Mindstorms NXT2.0. All presentations were published jointly with IEEE (the edition was indexed in Scopus
The third seminar was held as a conference Scientific Conference of Students and Young Scientists "Science. Technology. Innovation" (STI-2013) on 21 - 24 November 2013. 61 faculty members and students participated in the two sections: "Electric drive and automation of industrial units and technological
systems" and "Informatics,automation, computing and measuring technics". The Tempus program was presented during the events, and MPAM leaflets were disseminated. The fourth event will be held in March 2014 - Scientific Session and the Days of Student Science.
SSTU regional seminars in Automation/ Mechatronics
|SSTU regional seminars in Automation/Mechatronics
Saratov State Technical University (SSTU) is an active participant of regional seminars on Automation/mechatronics, planned in the MPAM project, and has already conducted all scheduled seminars.
The first seminar "Automation and Control Systems Tools from World-Wide Software and Hardware Manufacturers Festo and Siemens" was held on October 12, 2012, in format of seminar/exhibition, and gathered
160 participants, including teachers (about 20 persons), students (90) and representatives of enterprises and companies (50). The topics of presentations included modern software and hardware facilities and units of
automation and management of technological processes and mechatronic systems, including: pneumatic drives, electromechanical drives, vacuum technique, systems of transporting, distributors, valve terminals, sensors, technical
The second seminar Saratov Young Scientists School of XXVI International Scientific Conference "Mathematical Methods of Technique and Technologies MMTT-26" was held on 20-26 April 2013 in format of a conference. It involved
more then 400 participants, including teachers (about 70 persons), researchers (30), students (210), Ph.D. candidates (60) and representatives of enterprises (30). MPAM project partners were also involved - National
Technical University "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute" and Tambov State Technical University.
The third seminar "Preparation and Participation in Super Final Competition on V All-Russian Youth Robotics Festival RoboFest-2013" was held on 23-25 May 2013 in format of a round table, with a master class and competitions. It
involved 50 participants: teachers - 5, students - 30, Ph.D. candidates - 5, university administration - 10. Among topics discussed there were: rules of robots competition of "Robofest-2013", modelling projects for competitions and
requirements, application of automated development systems in operational modelling of robotechnical and mechatronics units.
The fourth seminar was a section of a conference "Intelligent Control Systems,Robotics and Mechatronics" of III International Scientific Conference "Problems of Control, Information Processing and Transmission ATM-2013", held 23 - 26 September 2013.
It involved 130 participants: teachers - 50, researchers - 10, students - 30, Ph.D. candidates - 30, representatives of enterprises - 10. Among them, there were representatives of MPAM project partner universities - Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University
"LETI" and Tambov State Technical University.
The fifth seminar was held as a Saratov Stage of III All-Russian Festival of Sciences - 2013. It was held on October 12, 2013, and included seminars, master classes, exhibition of robots. It involved 450 participants, including teachers (about 50
persons), university researchers (10), students (150), school pupils (200), representatives of enterprises (30) and representatives of the Ministry of Industry (10).
MPAM students start studying at EU universities,October 2013
|MPAM students of Automation & Mechatronics start studying at EU partner universities
The first MPAM students went to EU partner universities for Joint Master Program studies. Technical University of Liberec received six students - maximum number for 2013/2014 Double degree study programme
"Mechatronics" (taught in English in cooperation with University of Applied Science Zittau). The MPAM students will study in TU Liberec, supported by MPAM scholarships, and in Zittau University, supported by
TU Liberec received three students of Saratov State Technical University and three more - of Novosibirsk State Technical University, Russia. In February 2014, they will be joined by two more students of
National Technical University of Ukraine "KPI" (Ukraine) and three students of Tambov State Technical University (Russia).
Technical University of Sofia received eleven students - one from Tambov State Technical
University, one from National Technical University of Ukraine "KPI", three from Zhytomyr State Technological University, three from NTU "Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute" and three from Sevastopol National Technical
University, Ukraine. In January 2014 they will defend their Master thesis and complete education. In spring semester, more MPAM students will come to Sofia - three students from Saint-Petersburg State Electrotechnical
Regional seminar on Automation/ Mechatronics, TSTU, September 2013.
|Second Regional seminar on Automation/Mechatronics at TSTU
Second Regional seminar on Automation/Mechatronics was held at Tambov State Technical University (TSTU) on September 24th,2013.
The seminar “Perspectives of educational robotechnics and lego-construction” involved teachers and students of TSTU, as well as specialists of oblast
career development centre, school teachers, altogether 47 participants. The seminar topic included: robotechnics competitions, peculiarities of lego-robots
programming, organisation of cooperation with higher education institutions in the sphere of educational robo-technics, master class. Seminar materials are available at Useful documents and links section
||Regional Seminars in Automation & Mechatronics
Plans of the seminars are being developed and first events conducted at Russian and Ukrainian universities.
On the third year of the MPAM project realisation, a new line of action is introduced. As part of comprehensive task of Russian and Ukrainian teachers’ skills upgrading and methodological support of the teaching process,
Regional Seminars in Automation & Mechatronics will be quarterly conducted in each of eight partner country universities. The seminars will involve experts, PhD and Master students, and will be directed on discussion of
the up-to-date scientific, experimental and practical problems of Automation & Mechatronics.
The very first MPAM regional seminar in Automation & Mechatronics was held at Tambov State Technical University (TSTU), Russia. The seminar was held in format of an educational platform - a Camp "IT-technology and innovation"
on 22-23 of August 2013. It involved 15 representatives of enterprises, 37 representatives of Tambov universities (including TSTU teachers, Master and Bachelor students of basic MPAM speciality Mechatronics and Robotics), scientific
and innovative institutions, state administration institutions, senior school children, and also representative of Bulgarian school of robotechnics Robopartan - altogether 191 participants.
The main topics were tasks of Lego Mindstorms
NXT robots and practicum of robot mounting. Seminar participants received certificates. Tempus program and MPAM project were presented, project leaflets were disseminated. The first regional seminar in Automation & Mechatronics was also
held by National Technical University "Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute" (KhPI), Ukraine on 16-21 of September 2013. the seminar was organised as a roundtable section of a XX annual international conference "Problems of automated electric drive.
Theory and practice". More then 100 participants took part in the event. Materials of the seminar were published in special edition of KhPI newsletter.
||Autonomous moving platform was tested at NSTU
Autonomous moving platform was tested at Novosibirsk State Technical University, Automatics Department on September 6th 2013 on basis of control module STM32VLDISCOVERY (ST Microelectronics). Movement control was operated in real time with protocol XMPP (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol, known before as Jabber, based on XML, open and free protocol for instant exchange of messages and information and Bluetooth). The Autonomous moving platform was placed in room 505 VII of NSTU building. Movement control was operated from laboratory in Berdsk city, 33 kilometres from the platform. Movement of the platform was observed with a help of video-camera (Skype). The testing was done under supervision of Prof. Vadim Zhmud.
Coordination meeting,31 July-2 August 2013, Sofia
|MPAM 4th Coordination meeting
The fourth MPAM project Coordination meeting was held on 31 July-2 August in Sofia, Bulgaria, at Technical University of Sofia. The program included discussion of the aims of the Coordination meeting, Internal monitoring report of project
realisation, plan of further project realisation, planning of the next coordination meeting, discussion of project financial management issues as well as specific issues of project realization. Among the coordination meeting decisions there were:
- Adoption of the Plan of Quality Assurance System implementation;
- Adoption of the updated plan of IHLS development;
- Adoption of the updated Guides on DDST, Russian and Ukrainian;
- Adoption of Plan of Electronic learning resources development;
- Distribution of staff costs according to amount of work;
- Financial issues of student mobility clarified;
- Issues of co-financing clarified,further plans developed.
Besides, issues of Teaching Materials for the Joint Master Program teaching were discussed, along with printing and publishing, Newsletters development and dissemination, reporting obligations, Guide on Modern methods of students training development and future
Regional Seminars on Automation & Mechatronics. Five Regional Seminars on Automation & Mechatronics should be realized and reported by PC partners according to the schedule, starting from September. Practical issues of students’
mobility were also discussed. Technical University of Sofia will host as many as 15 Russian and Ukrainian students in 2013-2014. The meeting was held at presence of all Russian and Ukrainian academic partners representatives, all EU partners representatives
and Grant Coordinator. The next coordination meeting is scheduled for February 2014, to be held at TU Liberec.
Summer school in Sevastopol, July 2013
|2013 MPAM Summer School for teachers
The MPAM second Summer school for teacher was held on July 1-5th at Sevastopol Technical University (SevNTU), Ukraine. Each Russian and Ukrainian university was represented by three teachers of Mechatronics, involved in teaching of Joint Master Programs. Various
trainings were held and presentations made by specialists of both EU and partner countries universities for them. Besides, the teachers discussed topical issues of project development, including preparation of teaching materials,
preparation of Guide on modern methods of students training, drafted plan on Quality Assurance System implementation etc., preparing issues for discussion at upcoming project Coordination meeting. Blaise Pascal University (France)
trainers Adela Oukaci and Theirry Chateau held very intensive workshops on International Hybryd Learning Space development and work in Learning management System Claroline. Teachers discussed various options of remote access to laboratories, and also improved their
skills of work in Claroline system, creating and modifying learning courses, different types of evaluation tests and assignments.
National Technical University "Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute" trainer Alexandr Suk held workshop on Development and usage of elearning resources of Joint Virtual Library, based on previously developed e-Library Guide. Based on the workshop results and
discussions, a draft Workplan of the development and use of electronic learning resources was developed after the Summer school, to be discussed and adopted at the Coordination meeting. The participants of the workshops were one representative of each partner
university, responsible for JVS development (academic coordinator) and also one representative,responsible for teaching materials
Tambov State Technical University trainer Sergey Ponomarev held parallel three-day workshop on Quality Assurance System and its
practical implementation in Russian and Ukrainian universities. Sergey Ponomarev explained in details the previously developed QAS Guide and shared his training materials, that
may be used by further trainers at their home universities. Besides, a draft plan on Quality Assurance System implementation was developed in cooperation with the workshop participants and then
discussed with all participants of the Summer school. The draft plan was approved for further discussion at the upcoming Coordination meeting.
Each partner university was
represented at the workshop by a teacher, to be responsible for further QAS implementation. Jaroslav Nosek of Technical University of Liberec and Lubomir Dimitrov of Technical University of
Sofia made presentations on methods of students training at TU Liberec and TU Sofia correspondingly, the differences with Russian and Ukrainian universities, and answered questions.
Practical issues of students' placement at TU Sofia and TU Liberec were discussed with them. A tour through SevNTU laboratories was held for Summer school participants, demonstrating training
sensing equipment, hydraulic and pneumatic instrumentation, electrodrives, computer-driven control systems, robotics.
Guidebooks on Double Degree Students Training technology
|Guidebooks on Double Degree Students Training technology
The Guide on Double Degree Students Training (DDST) is addressed primarily to students of MPAM partner universities who are going to be enrolled in Joint Master
Program, but also to students and administration of other PC universities potentially interested in development of joint study programs with Technical university of Sofia and
Technical University of Liberec. The Guide was developed in two versions - for Russian partners (in Russian language) and Ukrainian partners (in Ukrainian language).
The difference between the two versions is in national regulations - for documents legalization, visa procedures, etc. The Guide consist of both narrative sections and
The development of the Guide was started in December 2012, when specification of the content of future Guide, schedule of development and
distribution of roles between partners were initiated. The development was assigned to members of a working group, including representatives of all
partner countries universities, prof. Lubomir Dimitrov of Technical University of Sofia and prof. Jaroslav Nosek of Technical University of Liberec. Representatives of NTU KPI
(Ukraine) and LETI (Russia) acted as editors of Ukrainian and Russian versions of the Guides, correspondingly.
It is planned that the first draft will be used by students who participate in Joint master program in 2013-2014 academic year, and then
updated based on their experience for the next generation of students.
The Guides’ include the following main sections:
- Background of the project;
- Calendar with months and
deadlines for each step of application, studying, legalization);
- How to become enrolled in JMP. Entry conditions;
- Practical issues: list of necessary
documents, nostrification of Diploma and Diploma supplement, getting visa, travel;
- Studying abroad: residence,health insurance, financial issues;
- Legalization of the EU diploma
- What if studying does not lead to obtaining a diploma;
- Annexes: agreements between PC and EU universities, JMP Curriculums, JMP Syllabuses, course descriptions, sample
documents: application forms, translation of diploma and supplement, recommendation letter, etc., useful contacts and addresses.
(DDST guide available in Useful documents and links section)
||Virtual Library Guidebook developed
A practical Guide on technical aspects of development and support of integrated virtual library on basis of Learning
management system Claroline 1.11.5 has been developed according to the project plan of realization.
The guide is intended for managers, teachers and students of partner universities involved in MPAM project realization.
It was developed at National Technical University "Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute" (KhPI), based at previous experience of
study visits and teachers’ retraining sessions in EU partner universities and workshops on
International hybrid learning space. The Joint virtual library is developed in framework of
MPAM project as a pedagogical service of International Hybrid Learning Space, IHLS) on the
platform of learning management system Claroline, installed by KhPI with advisory support of
Blaise Pascal University and with due consideration of methodical recommendations of BPU 6
The library is hosted at KhPI for all the Russian and Ukrainian university members of the
consortium, with academic coordinators and teachers having access to the system. The
language versions of the library include English,
Ukrainian and Russian. The main task of the joint virtual library is to provide and support methodical,
informational and technical database for education of master students in Automation/Mechatronics.
The main functions of JVL include:
- Storage and free access to the high quality educational web-
resources in Mechatronics;
- Storage and limited access (for MPAM project participants) to electronic learning resources
in Mechatronics, including lections, laboratory works, multimedia materials etc.;
- Technological support of
devevelopment and tutoring of distance courses for disciplines of joint Curriculum with EU partners Technical University of Liberec and Technical University of Sofia.
The Guide operates concepts of electronic learning resources, virtual library, traditional learning, e-learning, distance
learning, blended learning, distance course etc. The draft Guide, circulated in April 2013, will be further developed and updated according
to comments and recommendations of the partners. An updated version of the Guide
will be presented at the second MPAM Summer School for teachers, to be held in June 2013
at Sevastopol National Technical University. At the Sumer School, the Guide will be a basis for
intensive training on electronic learning resources development and management.
The Guide includes the following main chapters:
- Terms and notions;
- Aims and structure of Joint
- Brief overview of main services of platform Claroline 1.11.5;
- Rules for Joint virtual library
- Development and usage of electronic learning resources of free access;
- Development and usage of
electronic learning resources of limited access;
- Overview of main stages for development using Claroline
- Brief description of JVL distant courses tutoring using Claroline
retraining session in BPU, April 2013
retraining session in TUL, April 2013
|Second retraining session for teachers at EU universities
In April 2013, teachers of Russian and Ukrainian universities participated in the second retraining session in EU partner universities. In Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria, the
session included such main activities:
- Conference opening and keynote speech from Lubomir Dimitrov, dean of Mechanical
Engineering faculty at Technical University of Sofia.
- Thematic laboratories visiting: automation and assembling laboratory, virtual
reality laboratory, mechatronics systems laboratory, split-second measurements laboratory with Ivo Malakov, head of Automation of
Discrete production department. Acquaintance with technical resources of mechatronics equipment at Technical University
of Sofia in general and Mechanical Engineering faculty in particular.
- "Mechatronics and intelligent manufacturing systems"
presentation by Todor Neshkov. Also discussions on Technical University of Sofia, Ukrainian and Russian universities double degree masters training curricula bottlenecks were held.
- Technical equipment analysis of
several laboratories used for masters training in "Automation - Mechatronics - Robotics" at Technical University of Sofia was
- As a conclusion for the visit, a meeting with Technical University of Sofia took place for signing contracts and curricula of Ukraine,
Russia and Bulgaria, which allow to implement a possibility for students to learn in terms of
double degree master program in "Mechatronics".
According to PC teachers feedback, thematic laboratories visits, curricula bottlenecks arrangement and collaboration contracts signing were the most important events during mobility.
Besides, participants highly evaluated opportunity to visit an open defence of master’s diploma projects. This event made it possible to make a comparative
analysis of masters training in TU Sofia and home universities. At Blaise Pascal university, retraining session was mainly focused on training of academic
coordinators on the creation of main IHLS components: Joint Virtual Library on the platform Claroline and Laboratory on
Mechatronics using labs with remote access and other possibilities (virtual labs, video demonstrations of processes, etc.).
Participants received theoretical knowledge and practical skills on methodology and technology to create Joint Virtual Library on the
platform Claroline and Laboratory on Mechatronics using labs with remote access. They could become acquainted with practical
implementation of learning units including use of IT tool OPALE/Scenari and organization of remote access to labs with the IT tool
TimeViewer. Besides obvious importance of training session events, a considerable progress was reached in bringing understanding to
the IHLS development, as well as dealing with practical issues of project management. Draft plan of IHLS realisation was discussed,
elaborated and finally approved as minutes of WG4.
It is positive that responsibilities were distributed among absolutely all partners. Thanks to good communication with partners not
represented at the seminar, understanding and support for IHLS realisation plan was quickly achieved.
At the seminar with universities' representatives understanding was reached that one can differentiate "remote access" and "remote
control", where "access" may include different instruments such as access to PCs with specific software for labs, video-conferening,
or even offline video-teaching. Tasks and criteria for fulfilment were thoroughly discussed and agreed - what
specific work should be done for each deliverable, to be accepted as eligible.
During the retraining session at
technical University of Liberec,Russian and Ukrainian participants benefited from the presentation
and discussion of double degree master program variants, application steps and benefits for students by Jaroslav Nosek;
visiting of CxI institute and campus laboratories; the demonstration of abilities of industrial robots, mobile wheel
based platform and their programming as mechatronics systems, control problems and
solutions discussion, mechatronic systems creation and control for complex rundown processes etc. It
have to be noted, what most of all demonstrated equipment and laboratory stand are high-end and
actively used in master’s study as a parts of mechatronics.
Among the most interesting presentations, the participants named presentation of FEM methods for engineering by
Dalibor Frydrych where the most interesting units of study are image recognition, modeling and
image processing; presentation of speechLAB and teaching experience by Jan Nouza - a powerful engine of speech recognition
can be used as a voice-command control for mechatronic devices; experience in study of programmable controllers,
presented by Martin Diblik: analyze of tasks, signal conversion describing, design of algorithms,
evaluation; maintenance; description of modeling of control-logic tasks, industrial busses communications, design of human
interface, synchronization with actuators. Control systems in mechatronis was presented by
Classical methods of linear system analysis and additional tasks of robust
control, uncertainty, multi-input systems design and special methods of analysis are described.
The studying and implementation of Fuzzy control. The popular topics of master works are measurement of flow, servo control,
robotics (automobile industry),power engineering (generation). Participants received an
experience of teaching, laboratory organizing and studying, subjects content comparison etc.
||Guide on modern methods of students training
Development of a Guide on modern methods of students training is on the way. As
proposed by coordinating partner - Saratov State Technical University (SSTU)
and agreed with all participants,the Guide will be issued as a collection of publication in a
multi-author book, officially published with ISBN. The publication will be made in
English, to be available not only for Russian and Ukrainian partner universities, but for
international Tempus and educational community.
Every Ukrainian and Russian university is responsible to
provide an article describing modern methods of students training for teaching mechatronics (robotics
technologies) and related subjects. In their developments, authors will use experience
gained during two retraining sessions for teachers held in EU partner universities in October
2012 and April 2013, as well as during project summer schools for teachers. Deadline for submission of articles,
developed and formatted according to the requirements, to SSTU is June 30th
||Development of Guide on double degree students' training technologies
The Guide will be addressed primarily to students of MPAM partner universities who are going
to be enrolled in Joint Master Program. Besides, it will be also addressed to students and
administration of other PC universities potentially interested in development of joint study
programs with Technical university of Sofia and Technical University of Liberec.
It was decided, that the Guide will be developed in two versions - for Russian partners (in Russian and
English language) and Ukrainian partners (in Ukrainian and English language). The difference between the two versions is in national
regulations - for documents legalization, visa procedures, etc. The Guide will consist of both
narrative sections and documents.
According to the planned timeline, a draft version will be developed
by September 2013 and disseminated electronically. The final version will be issued by
September 2014. The Guide will be disseminated in electronic format and published in e-library, updated annually.
International Hybrid learning Space
As agreed by MPAM project partners, International Hybrid Learning Space (IHLS) includes e-Library with materials developed
in the framework of the project and other relevant materials in Automation/Mechatronics, learning management system
(Claroline) with interactive assignments, self-evaluation exercises,tests etc., and also
system of remote inter-university access to laboratories. Blaise Pascal University (BPU) coordinates responsible
working group (WG4) activities.
All PC university partners participate by delivering to BPU
their comments and propositions,in particular their vision of system of remote inter-university access
to laboratories. BPU produces guidelines e-Library and learning management system management:
technical guide to pedagogical resources, guide to documents’ metadata indexing, guide to the creation of innovative resources,
guide to the creation of placement and self evaluation exercises, short guide on intellectual property
management in Claroline.
According to recommendations of the Third coordination meeting in
Kharkiv, a guide to the creation of placement and self-evaluation exercises should come one the
first. PC teachers responsible for development of teaching materials for JMP develop not only text part
of teaching materials, but also interactive exercises for Claroline according to the guide
Future Claroline administrators are being selected at PC universities to be
sent to BPU for specific training during retraining session (RS2). As agreed by partners, hosting of
Claroline management system and e-Library for the consortium is realised by National Technical
University "Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute" (NTU KhPI), Ukraine.
||Progress in quality assurance system guide development
Intensive work was done to develop a Guide on Quality Assurance System. Quality Assurance Guide for Masters in areas of "Automation / Mechatronics" includes the
- Purpose and sphere of application.
- General provisions.
- Organization and planning of processes (work) of life cycle of
educational services in the preparation of master's areas of "Automation / Mechatronics."
- Provision of a three-level quality assurance procedures for
Master degree in "Automation / Mechatronics."
- The quality assurance system of Master in areas of "Automation / Mechatronics" in the framework of the Tempus project TEMPUS /
TACIS "EU-PC Double Degree Master Program in Automation / Mechatronic (MPAM)"
The Guide was updated and reworked twice, after two series of consultations with project
partners. On the first stage of the Guide upgrade, the text was considerably reduced from 150 to
81 pages due to reduction of Annexes, substituted with links on materials available in the Internet.
Besides, a number of changes was done to edit the text. On the second stage, the text was further
reduced to 50 pages.
Wide discussions were held whether to leave annexes to sections 5.8, 5.10, 5.11 or to substitute them with links on each PC university's regulations. However, it was
decided to leave annexes in the Guide, because not all partners have acting system of quality monitoring.
It was recommended
that on further stages, the Guide should be supplemented with a table on specialties in Automation/Mechatronicts teaching involved
in MPAM project, as well as links on national normative documents on quality assurance for Ukrainian
universities. Besides, the Guide will be further discussed during Retraining session.
Preparations for the second retraining session at EU partner universities (RS2) are on the way
in both partner countries' and EU universities. At Russian and Ukrainian universities, lists of teachers previously selected for
participation in the second retraining session at EU partner universities are updated. Preparations are made for organisation of English language training for the selected teachers and, in
some cases, backup list.
It is planned that up to three teachers from each PC university will
participate in RS2. The same as during the first retraining session, three EU partner universities will
host the trainings. PC participants reports and feedback is analysed to update the programs.
Coordination meeting and conference in Kharkiv, November 2012
|Project Coordination meeting and conference held
MPAM Project coordination meeting, as well as well as project conference were held on November 5 —
November 10, 2012 at National Technical University "Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute" (Ukraine).
During the event, the following topics were discussed:
- Liberec Technical University (Czech Republic) and Sofia Technical University (Bulgaria) master curricula;
- Presentation of Double Degree Technology, practical issues by head of working group 2
(WG2) Lubomir Dimitrov,studying models for teaching Russian and Ukrainian students at
partner universities: Liberec Technical University (Czech Republic) and Sofia Technical
- summarizing currently finished work on the project - reports of project managers and
- harmonizing schedule of planned activities;
- development of
recommendations for project advertisement and project web site content, report on web-site
implementation by Novosibirsk State Technical University representatives;
- quality assurance
management system structure and discussion of draft quality assurance guide for Joint master
programs in Mechatronics;
- harmonization of methodological guides preparations,that were being developed for the
- activities on learning space creation;
- criteria for students and teachers' selection for participation
in retraining and training sessions at EU partner universities;
- video conference held by
representatives of BPU (Blaise Pascal University);
- project financial management discussion and other issues;
- fee for foreign students introduced in Bulgaria after the project adoption;
- variants for deployment and
templates creation based on Claroline LMS - e-learning and e-working platform were discussed.
Those templates let teachers creating effective online courses and manage learning process via
web interface. A possibility to get acquainted with university learning process
was also provided. Conference organisers from NTU "KhPI" organised a study tour to FED factory to share their experience of implementing mechatronics and robotic systems. The events were combined with one day regular monitoring by National Tempus Office of
National Tempus Office of Ukraine.
Recommendations were made on how to improve project visibility, inter-project coaching on issues related to quality assurance,reporting by PC partners and other
issues. The monitoring was conducted by Svitlana Shytikova, Project Manager and NTO
Director and Zhanna Talanova, NTO Analytic and Administrative Manager.
The events were also combined with presentation of project developments for university
community and broad public. The conference was visited by local TV channel representatives,
interviews were made on MPAM project goals and content, roles of partners, Double Degree Technology, Quality Assurance
System, Hybrid Learning Space concept etc.
Teacher's retraining session in TUL, Liberec,October 2012
Teacher's retraining session in BPU, October 2012
|First Retraining session for teachers held
13 Ukrainian and 12 Russian teachers received training at EU partner universities during the first
retraining session (RS1). In Technical university TU Sofia (Bulgaria) participants
became familiar with to the TU and the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, analyzed analyses of
the teaching plans and curricula for special master courses in Mechatronics at the FME-TUS
and also preparation of teaching materials for the special courses for the Double Degree Master
Program in Automation and Mechatronics.
Study visits to the department of Automation of discrete production and department of Precision technique and instrument-making had been made. These departments take part
in bachelor and master study according to such specialty as Mechatronics, Machine-building and instrument-making, Technical
legislation and quality control, Metrology and measuring equipment. The basic study labs,
equipment that students use for education and executing researches for diploma project had
been demonstrated, as well as study labs of Electrical machines and Microelectronics and
electronic techniques departments,and also Information center and Technical library of TU Sofia.
Study curriculums of TU Sofia had been analyzed by participants, regulatory disciplines had been
identified, also exchange of study materials that connected with regulatory disciplines (work
programs) and acquaintance with leading teachers had been made. Studying literature, methodical
works that linked with according disciplines and study methodic had been studied. For example
employments of TUS had shown themes and samples of diploma projects for master program
students, listed requirements for its execution including formalization. The participants of
session had visited some lectures conducted by leading teachers of Machine-building faculty for
The participants of session discussed problems, that rise at the process of reconciling of
curriculums and signing of double-diploma contracts. The participant’s working program had
been supplemented by next events: a study visit to "Denima" enterprise, that specializes on
automated production of lighting devices and also a visit to the job fair "Days of Career", where
famous Bulgarian and foreign companies help graduates with job placement.
During RS1 in Technical university of Liberec (Czech Republic) Informatics and Interdisciplinary Studies, Double
degree programs, faculty of mechatronics, information science and interdisciplinary research
processes were demonstrated to the participants, as well as master programs "Automatic Control and
Computer Engineering" and "Mechatronics. Ukrainian and Russian teachers became acquainted with TUL
experience in teaching courses of Drivers and Servomechanisms, Programmable Controllers,
System Identification, Control System in Mechatronics, Fuzzy Control, Speech Processing in the
Human-Machine Interaction, Image Analysis, Electric Drives, Continuum Mechanics and
Thermodynamics, Nonlinear Systems, Mathematics etc. Study visits to laboratories of Intelligent
Robots, Electric Drives, Control EL3 and TK4, Cx1 laboratories, Cooperation with industry
laboratory etc. were made, participants became familiar with existing equipment.
System of TUL E-learning was also demonstrated. Final meeting on discussion about the next steps
in realization of WP1 "Joint EU-PC Master Program in Automation/ Mechatronics & Technology of
Double Degree students' training",in particular Desk and Field Study of existent experience, Draft of the
Master Program Curriculum, Technology of Double Degree students' training helped to define
the main tasks, responsibilities and establishing deadlines.
The program of the study visit to Blaise Pascal University (France) included acquaintance
with the Master's degree programs in Electronics and Energy, mechanical engineering, Civil
Engineering, Automation and Robotics, and others. Russian and Ukrainian teachers had visited the
scientific-and-technical laboratories of mechatronics and automation organized on the basis
of the BPU, as well as classrooms and laboratories of University Institutes of Technology (IUT) in
the cities of Clermont-Ferrand and Montlucon.
Participants had a study visit to the international
relations department of BPU, where they learned about its role and mission in the university's life,
welcoming policy of BPU aimed to facilitating incoming student's mobility. Participants also visited
the Center for languages and multimedia of BPU, where they had an opportunity to learn about
practical examples of all distant and e-learning technologies in BPU. They saw the learning
management system (LMS Claroline) used in the Blaise Pascal university and received
access to Claroline installation in BPU in order to familiarize with all of it features. Considerable
amount of the time was devoted to the study of the principles of construction and filling of E-library, developed in the BPU in
the framework of the concept of creating an international hybrid learning space (IHLS).
Participants were asked to do a number of practical tasks on creation of the electronic
documents to the E-library. At the end of the RS1 visit it was decided to use the BPU experience in the
employment of learning management systems and other closely-related technologies that
can be integrated with it to achieve the project objectives in the development of IHLS for training
of master's degrees in our double degree programs.
PC and EU evaluation held after RS1 showed that both logistics and content of the session were
highly valued by participants. EU partners have also confirmed proper selection of PC participants
by home universities and their adequate level of readiness for the training, as well as enough fluency
in working language - English.
WG3 seminar in Zhytomir,September 2012
Quality system development seminar brings understanding of further system development
A progress seminar of the working group 3 (WG3), responsible for development of
Quality Assurance System and related documents (Gide on its use) was held in
Zhytomyr, Ukraine. The seminar was hosted by Zhytomyr State Technological
Representatives of all partner countries' members of WG3 were
present: National Technical University "Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute" (Ukraine), National
Technical University of Ukraine "KPI" (Ukraine), Novosibirsk State Technical University (Russia),
Tambov State Technical University (Russia) and also Saint-Petersburg State Electrotechnical University "LETI".
Present situation with
quality assurance at Ukrainian and Russian partner universities were discussed, and similarities were found.
All WG3 members agreed WG3: that effective Quality Assurance System is of vital importance for
the joint master programs in mechatronics as well as for PC universities to improve general
quality assurance.WG3 members experience with study visit to EU partner universities was discussed. Each
representative presented his/her developments and vision of QAS system, mechanisms and criteria of
the education quality assurance.
Decisions were made on important issues regarding future work of
persons responsible to summarise the WG3 developments in a Guide on Quality Assurance System -
Sergey Ponomarev (TSTU) and Lyubov Evgrafova (NSTU);management of WG3 work;dates for draft circulation and general discussion;
ways of Guide adoption at partner universities;dissemination of QAS Guide.
Besides, the seminar was useful for intensification of cooperation with harmonisation of Russian and Ukrainian curricula with curricula's of TU Lieberec (Czech Republic)
and TU-Sofia (Bulgaria), and a decision was to recommend all Ukrainian and Russian partners to
work intensively not only on study plans with TU-Sofia, but also on plans with TU Liberec.
Structure of the Future Quality Assurance Guide: According to the WG3 conclusions,
the system of internal QAS of each university’s master program in Automation / Mechatronics must
take into the consideration the following topics:
- Policy and procedures for quality assurance;
- Approval, monitoring and periodic review of programs and awards;
- Assessment of students;
- Quality assurance of teaching staff;
- Learning resources and student support;
- Information system;
- Public information.
QAS should correspond to recommendations of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) regulatory document "Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Education Area".
Conference in Saratov, June 2012
|Major project events held in Saratov|
In June 2012 the most large-scale events of the Tempus project EU-PC
Double Degree Master Program in Automation/Mechatronics (MPAM) have been successfully realized.
The events, held in Saratov State Technical University (Russian Federation) have combined four
important directions of the project realization:
- Second project coordination meeting;
- Summer School on Mechatronics/Automation for teachers and students of Ukrainian and Russian Universities participated in the project;
- Seminars of WG1 responsible for development Curriculum, Syllabi and teaching materials of the
Mechatronics Master Program and WG2 responsible for development technology of Double degree
students' training in the Russian/Ukrainian Universities and Technical University of Liberec
(Czech Republic) or Technical University of Sofia (Bulgaria);
- Participation in an International Congress on Information
Technologies - 2012 (ICIT-2012)
Project second coordination meeting was held 4-5 June 2012 at the presence of partners'
representatives from Technical University of Liberec (Czech Republic), Technical University of
Sofia (Bulgaria), Novosibirsk State Technical University (Russian Federation), Saint-Petersburg State
Electrotechnical University "LETI" (Russian Federation), Saratov State Technical University (Russian
Federation), Tambov State Technical University (Russian Federation), National Technical University of
Ukraine "KPI" (Ukraine), National Technical University "Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute" (Ukraine), Sevastopol
National Technical University (Ukraine), National Technical University "Kharkiv Polytechnic
Institute" (Ukraine), Zhytomyr State Technological University (Ukraine). The coordination meeting have
summarised intermediate results of project realisation and specifying tasks till the end of a year 2012.
The coordination meeting was combined with 4-9 June Summer School on Mechatronics/Automation
for teachers and students of Ukrainian and Russian Universities participated in the project and also
WGs seminars 4,5,7 June 2012: seminars of WG1 responsible for development Curriculum, Syllabi
and teaching materials of the Mechatronics Master Program and WG2 responsible for development
technology of Double degree students' training in the Russian/Ukrainian Universities and
Technical University of Liberec (Czech Republic) or Technical University of Sofia (Bulgaria).
Participation in the ICIT-2012 conference provided opportunities for dissemination of information
about the project and the Tempus program, extension of the Summer School content regarding use of
information technology tools in the sphere of higher education as a whole and mechatronics in
particular, and also establishment of networking among universities.
The hosting Saratov State Technical University Faculty of Electronics and Instrumentation has demonstrated
its most recent developments in mechatronics and automation system. Active participation of
young teachers, staff, students and graduate students is worth mentioning.
Realization of the above mentioned activities resulted in a raise of educational and methodical level of Summer School participants -
participants of the project realization; agreement of the main principles of study plan
modernization and the plan of providing opportunities for students of Ukrainian and Russian partner
universities to continue education in Technical University of Liberec and Technical University of Sofia;
coordinate the plan of upcoming project events' realization - in particular, teachers' retraining in
European universities in October 2012; project popularization among field-specific audience. At the
WG1/WG2 seminars the project participants have agreed on Double degree study plans' structure of
both Russian/Ukrainian and European partner universities. The project ideas have excited interest
of the International Congress ICIT-2012 participants, and contacts for future cooperation and experience
exchange have been established.
Study visit to BPU, March,2012
|Study visits of partner countries' representatives to European universities
In March 2012, realization of a Tempus project EU-PC Double Degree Master Program in
Automation / Mechatronics (MPAM) received a powerful impulse in its development from implementation
of one of the first and most important activities - study visits of partner countries' representatives to
European universities. Altogether, 43 representatives of four Russian, four Ukrainian universities and a
Ukrainian enterprise has participated in the study visits.
Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic (Grant holder) has received 12 participants of
working groups (WGs) during March 12-18 visit, Technical University Sofia, Bulgaria - 14 participants
during March 12-18 visit, and Blaise Pascal University, France - 17 participants during March 5-11 visit.
Members of WG1 and WG2, responsible for Curriculum, Syllabi and teaching materials of the
Mechatronics Master Program and development of a technology for Double degree students' training have
benefited from learning about curriculum and syllabi of EU partners' Master courses.
In Blaise Pascal University, WGs members have benefited from visits to Center of Technology
Transfer – Engineering school on the technological campus (CTT/IFMA), Pascal Institute and VIPALab,
getting acquainted with the technological base of the university.
An important stage of project team work at Technical University Sofia was a visit to university
laboratories Low Cost Automation, Mechatronics, SKF, Live cycle. It showed the depth of the teaching of
certain subjects, the relationship of theoretical and practical knowledge in this area and their compliance with
the requirements of modern industry.
In Technical University of Liberec, a visits to three laboratories of mechatronic engineering has
contributed to analysis of the laboratory facilities for teaching of masters in mechatronics and possible
International Hybrid Learning Space development.
Members of WG3, responsible for develop EU based Quality Assurance System (QAS), has
benefited from intensive workshops on Quality, including presentations of EU representatives on different
aspects of quality assurance system, role of international relations department and examples of quality
assurance in international projects. Members of WG4, responsible for develop an International Hybrid
Learning Space (IHLS) interlinked the real and virtual learning spaces for training the JMP students, has
benefited from an intensive workshop on IHLS, including a study visit to BPU Center for languages and
Multimedia, as well as presentation of different tools for distance learning and hybrid learning.
In Technical University of Liberec, participants learned about TUL achievements with Advanced Learning Space Project,
which is an example of strong e-learning portal with a system for lecturers streaming in advanced format
(richmedia) and improving students - teacher dialogue.
Conduction of study visits has provided conditions for intensive communication and experience
exchange, uniting partner countries and European members of working group in a professional and highly motivated
team, aimed at achievement of common goals. The experience, obtained by PC representatives
during the study visits, helps working groups members in realization of further activities, including
development of draft Curriculums of Joint EU-PC Master Program in Automation/Mechatronics.
Initial Conference of the MPAM Project Team and the 1st
|Start of the Project|
Initial Conference of the MPAM Project Team and the 1st Coordination Meeting
of the PMC was held in January 2012. Initial Conference of EU-PC Double Degree Master Program in Automation / Mechatronics (MPAM)
Project Team as well as the 1st Coordination Meeting of the PMC was held 19-20 January 2012 in
Kyiv, Ukraine. The project event brought together representatives of EU, Russian and
Ukrainian universities and production enterprises. The hosting institution was National Technical
University of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute".
At the meeting, the MPAM project realisation plan for three years and for the next six month were
discussed, wide and specific objectives were clarified. It was agreed, that the project proposal
corresponds with participating institutions' goals and values, is well planned and needs minimum
adjustment for realisation. Contact persons of participating institutions were agreed as Project
local coordinators at their institutions. Project management council includes Project
Coordinator, Project local coordinators and also Technical University of Liberec (TUL) Project
manager and Zhytomyr State Technological University (ZSTU) Project managers.
Lists of project working groups members as well as participants of study visits were
approved. Among the topics discussed, there were: Consortium architecture; roles
of partners; financial administration of the project; calendar plan of project realisation; next mobility
events - study visits of PC members of working groups to TUL,TU-Sofia and BPU; the next PMC
coordination meeting. National Tempus Office monitoring in Ukraine was recommended for
14th project month, for the second project team Conference combined
with 3rd PMC to be held in Kharkiv in November 2012.
The coordination meeting was held at the presence of Svitlana Shytikova, Project Manager and
NTO Director of National Tempus Office in Ukraine, who informed Consortium members of Tempus
monitoring procedures and recommendations on project visibility, and also provided
consultations on project coordination.