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TITLE Introduction to Robotics

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Artificial Intelligence

DESCRIPTION Introduction to Robotics will introduce students through an overview of robotics, using both research and practical approach that will include robot mechanisms, dynamics and intelligent controls. Through this study-unit, students will learn the core techniques for representing robots that perform physical tasks in the real world, such as grasping.

Topics include:

- History, state-of-the-art types, applications and legislation;
- Robot design;
- 3D graphics and simulations in design and planning;
- Movement, Motion planning and kinematics;
- Control design and sensors;
- Human-machine interfaces;
- Human-machine interaction;
- Programming and building Arduino robots and devices;
- The future of Robotics.

Study-Unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to give the students foundational knowledge in Robotics and AI, using both theory and practical hands-on sessions. Students will gain both a basic theoretical understanding in the field, as well as hands-on knowledge to building and programming robots and devices.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Identify and describe the different types of robots;
- Dentify real world examples of how robots have collaborated in disaster. situations and how they have helped the improvement of human health care;
- Describe the state-of-the-art in robotics;
- List key points in designing, creating and interacting with robots;
- Outline various future robotic capabilities.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Create compelling designs and 3D animations and simulations of robots and their functions;
- Create and program robots to perform a variety of movements, such as grasping objects;
- Solve a problem using more than one strategy.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Craig, John J., 2005. Introduction to Robotics: mechanics and control. Pearson Prentice Hall.
- Saha, S.K. 2014. Introduction to Robotics, 2nd Edn. Mc Graw Hill India.

Supplementary Readings:

- McKinnon, P., 2016. Robotics: Everything you need to know about Robotics from Beginning to Expert. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Practical, Project & Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (15 Minutes) No 10%
Project Yes 40%
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Claudia Borg (Co-ord.)
Suzanne Marie Psaila

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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