The Vertically Integrated Project (VIP) brings together students from different sectors, allowing them to develop a large-scale design and research project while strengthening and expanding the scientific activities of the academic staff. The aim of the activity is to make it possible for students from different study programmes and levels to cooperate in a long-term research project – Master’s and Doctoral students supervise the work of ̄Bachelor’s students at a design and research project which may be a part of the research work of the respective Master’s or Doctoral student.
Students earn credit points or receive a scholarship, and the academic staff can use the results of the team work. Teams are interdisciplinary – students from all faculties are involved and vertically integrated – each semester students represent different levels of study, ranging from Bachelor's to Doctoral studies. All students at Bachelor's level may participate in the project for up to three years, and all Master’s and Doctoral students may participate throughout the entire period of their studies. The work of the team is supervised by a professor and is managed by senior students. The team should work continuously on developing the prototype, as well as collecting and processing data by applying the research method. Quality control and assistance in design and prototype manufacturing is provided by the RTU Design Factory.
The team aims to build and demonstrate a sustainable and circular solution for wastewater treatment and air quality improvement for use in households, small industries, urban spaces, and isolated environments (e.g., space stations). The main tasks of the team are to upgrade the existing pilot-scale system based in bioproceses by an aquatic food web, improving its biological performance and process automation; develop advanced performance monitoring system; implement the use of real wastewater in the pilot system, and do a cost-benefit and energy balance analysis of the pilot systems.
Every semester the team is looking for passionate and self-motivated students with practical skills and knowledge in biology, chemistry, electronics, automation, industrial design and economics.
Supervisor Prof. Talis Juhna with assistant Aigars Lavrinovics
For the last two semesters, the team developed an energy-efficient electric vehicle (tricycle) to race and compete against teams of other engineering students. The team members designed and built their own racing trike, starting with the aluminum frame, electric drive system and ending with the multi-functional steering wheel. In June 2023, the team participated in the first energy efficiency competition in the Baltics. The main goal of the team is participation in the global energy efficiency competition «Shell Eco-marathon».
We invite students who have knowledge in the fields of electrical engineering or mechanical engineering and IT to join our group. We greatly appreciate previous experience in these areas as well as high motivation and desire to self-development.
Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Janis Zakis
This semester, the sensor team will continue the development of a monitoring system for intelligent monitoring and control of buildings. The system employs various smart sensors, including self-developed cameras, in conjunction with artificial intelligence algorithms for people counting and other sensor functionalities, to assess building behavior. Data set augmentation techniques can be utilized to attain flexible and highly accurate AI models.
As the sensors are distributed in different locations, establishing secure communication among all system modules is crucial. To ensure user-friendly interaction, the system incorporates a mobile app based on a Telegram bot for system debugging and future development. All data is stored in a versatile database. However, considering the limited computing power of the small MCUs in the sensors, it is necessary to implement a central computing module to effectively support the AI models. In order to enhance building energy performance, it is important to develop and test several models.
The team is looking for students with knowledge of microcontroller programming C++, Python, GUI development, AI neural networks, image processing and 3D printing.
Supervisor: Prof. Jurgis Porins with assistant Jevgenijs Telicko
The team’s goal is to create smart and efficient Indoor Air Tracker for selective air purifying and disinfection. The tasks include creating a prototype as a mobile air purification robot to achieve good indoor air quality, integrating also UV-C, and to conduct a study dedicated to physical, chemical, and biological aspects of indoor air in experimetal premises.
The team is looking for: active, creative, self-organised and enterprising students, who are ready to deal with technical (e.g., sketch preparing, detail assembly, sensor communication), electronics, robotics and IT solutions (sensors communication, premise scanning, persons’ counting in premises etc. challenges).
In cooperation with Riga Stradins University
Supervisor: Prof. AnatolijsBorodiņecs (RTU) and Assist. Prof. Zanna Martinsone (RSU)
Over the past 2 years, Team has been developing the first high powered student-built rocket in the Baltics, which was first tested in December 2021, with the updated version launched in July 2022. It has its own flight computer, which not only logs data, but also communicates via radio with ground stations and deploys a parachute using our custom-built deployment mechanism. In addition to that, the airframe and all internal components have been painstakingly designed to undergo extreme acceleration and high aerodynamic loads. During the flight, the rocket reaches speeds up to 800 km/h and an altitude of more than 1 kilometer.
For the new semester, the main research objective is to create a solid experimental basis and gather reliable data and predictions for successfully executing a rocket launch from a platform which is transported to a height of 20-25 km by a stratosphere balloon. To accomplish that we have to build and experimentally test the following systems: long-distance two-way communications with the balloon platform, stabilisation and pointing of the platform in the roll axis, gain flight heritage for our systems in the stratospheric environment, organisation, planning and execution of HAB flights, practiced recovery of the balloon platform.
The team is looking for hard-working students possessing knowledge in electronics, programming or mechanical engineering with a passion for space exploration and rocketry. Additionally looking for business and/or marketing students who are interested in commercialization of rocket technologies.
Supervisor: Pauls Irbins with assistant Andrejs Pukitis
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Team Bioenergy is working on technology and prototype development for food waste composting. Technical design, practical assembly, development of sensors for monitoring, selection of microorganisms to reduce odors and enhance the composting are only some of the activities done by the team «Bioenergy». Team prototype «Kurbads» has been recognized in Inno-Eut+ project by winning 2nd place in student idea competition in Fall semester 2021, the team participated in RTU SIG Demo day in spring 2022 and Origo exhibition in summer 2022.
The team is looking for new enthusiastic students who are interested in practical work in the laboratory and process design. Students experienced in chemical technologies, economics and machine building are especially welcome.
Supervisor: Prof. Linda Mezule
Modelling and controlling a manufacturing process using Digital Twin concept focusing on design of a conveyor-based assembly line`s physical and virtual model and establishing a bi-directional data flow.
Team tasks include building the physical model that involves programming a robotic arm manipulator/ -s as well as setting up different sensors (positioning, item weight, video stream, quality control, etc.) and configuration of central control panel using NodeRed and MQTT communication protocol. The other part is designing a digital twin being a virtual representation that serves as the real-time digital counterpart of a physical object or process. This task involves creating a 3D simulation model that supports data exchange with physical model. The overall goal is to collect the relevant data to be used for further predictive analytics of the whole manufacturing process.
Team is looking for students with programming skills (Python, Matlab, C/C++, ROS – desirable, but not mandatory) as well as any experience in data visualization/analysis and IP network gateways configuration is welcomed in the Digital Twins team to learn and experience the future opportunities of manufacturing processes.
Supervisor: Prof. Jurgis Porins with assistant Matiss Erins and Andis Supe
The team is working on researching and developing prototypes for robotized unmanned electrical vehicles. Initiation of Rail Baltica construction stimulated the research and development of future railway technologies such as autonomous train operations (ATO).
The primary task of the Robotics group is to develop and implement intelligent control algorithms for microcontroller based railway model prototypes to test and evaluate the functionality of ATO with Grade of Automation Level 4. The work is organized in small R&D groups of students to develop different functional components of the complex autonomous robotic trains: traction control, train positioning and identification, wireless data transmission, computer vision based recognition, telemetry including on-board and trackside devices as well as visualization, scheduling centralized and decentralized functions etc.
The team is looking for students with knowledge and skills of software development such as microcontroller programming in Python/C++ for Raspberry Pi, ESP32, client-server technologies, wireless technology, computer vision or hardware development, such as PCB design, soldering etc.
Supervisor: Prof. Mihails Gorobecs
Contact information: +371 67089880