This course introduces students to the broad field of robotics predominately from a software perspective.
This course is the last course in the robot specialization. The course provides an introduction to robotics and starts by answering general questions such as what a robot is, their origins, types, and applications. It then introduces the key approaches to robot control and explores the pros and cons of each. The course finally covers the advanced topics of robot learning and bio-inspired robots in addition to current robot research topics at ITU. In addition to the theory, the course also has a significant practical, hands-on dimension that comprises introduction to relevant software tools (simulators and operating systems) and hands-on experiments with simulated and physical robots.
Robotics is interdisciplinary by nature and research topics range from fundamental modelling of robot physics over programming and design all the way to ethical and philosophical questions. Hence, students with highly diverse backgrounds are welcome on this course. However, the course as taught at ITU has its root in Computer Science and will be taught predominately from this perspective. Hence, it is required that the student has basic programming skills (e.g. obtained from an introduction to programming course). Although not required, it is also recommended and useful to have taken the sister course:"How to build almost anything" which largely covers how robots are built. Finally, fundamental skills in math (e.g. from "Linear Algebra and Probability") will make some of the technical content more easily accessible. The course also includes some machine learning hence knowledge in this area is also useful, but not mandatory.
Intended learning outcomes
After the course, the student should be able to:
- Describe what a robot is, their origin, types, and applications
- Describe, compare, and apply robot control stategies
- Apply robot software tools (simulation, operating systems)
- Apply bio-inspired solutions and machine learning appropriately in robotics
- Formulate and reflect on robot solutions to real-world problems
Ordinary examExam type:
D: Submission of written work with following oral, External (7-point scale)
D2G: Submission for groups with following oral exam supplemented by the submission. Shared responsibility for the report.