Fabrication and Prototyping in the LearningLab

In this course, students will firstly experiment with standard fabrication and prototyping technologies such as arduino, raspberry PI and digital 3D fabrication. They will then choose a specific topic for further in-depth work and finally collaborate between each other to build complex demo prototypes.

Course structure

The course is divided in two parts:

  1. hands-on appropriation of a specific technology
  2. open group projects involving multiple technologies

Evaluation is project-based with a final oral examination. Two exercises are graded:

  1. specific technology presentation, demonstration and shared knowledge contribution
  2. open project final presentation, demonstration and documentation, including project relevance

The course consists in weekly 3-hours long sessions in presence, alternating between theory and hands-on practice. Theory will provide introductive information on:

  • real-time embedded programming
  • service containerization
  • electronics and sensors/actuators
  • inter-process communication
  • 3d modelling/printing


Code 03117
Type Course
Site Fribourg
Track(s) T0 – General
Semester A2023


Learning Outcomes
  • Develop a culture of creative doing/making/experimenting within the student community
  • Train computer science students in using specific key technologies and make them work in “intertechnology” teams
  • Confront computer science students with the objective and finality of their work through open project themes defined by invited experts (industrial representatives/end users/artists/architects/etc)

The course will also contribute to showcase the different technologies available in the LL and count as certification
for students to use these technologies for further projects.

Lecturer(s) Julien Nembrini
Language english
Course Page

The course page in ILIAS can be found at https://ilias.unibe.ch/goto_ilias3_unibe_crs_2793347.html.

Schedules and Rooms

Period Weekly
Schedule Thursday, 13:15 - 16:00
Location UniFR, PER21
Room A200

Additional information


First Lecture
The first lecture will take place on Thursday, 21.09.2023 at 13:15 in UniFR, PER21, room A200.

Due to equipment availability, the course is limited to 10 participants. Interested students need to send an email to Dr Julien Nembrini (julien.nembrini@unifr.ch) if possible before attending the first session. This email should state in a few sentences the student’s main interests to take part.