What topics will you cover?
- An introduction to robotics from a cybernetic perspective
- Overview of different types of robots and their application
- History of robotics
- Introduction to the robot simulations used in the course
- Simple problem solving – commanding a mobile robot to move
- A description of the components of a robot – sensors, actuators, ’brain’ and power supply
- An understanding of different sensors, their operation and application
- A description of motors, and how their velocity is set, and other robotic actuators
- More problem solving – how to command a robot to achieve tasks on the basis of sensor information
- Feedback for control and human-machine interaction
- An explanation of feedback control, introduced in terms of Kybernetes the steersman and robot speed control
- An appreciation of feedback control in other applications (including balance, temperature, damping oscillations)
- Simple mathematical modelling of robots and different forms of control strategies
- Human-Computer Interaction – again feedback, also including haptics
- More problem solving – commanding a robot to follow a path
- Feedback for Learning and robot- robot interaction
- An appreciation of neuron based brains through Braitenburg vehicles
- Robot learning by trial and error
- Multiple robots and artificial life, relating to biological processes
- More problem solving, including robot traversing a maze
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