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Modern Robotics, Course 1

Modern Robotics: Mechanics, Planning, and Control,

Do you want to know how robots work? Are you interested in robotics as a career? Are you willing to invest the effort to learn fundamental mathematical modeling techniques that are used in all subfields of robotics? If so, then the "Modern Robotics: Mechanics, Planning, and Control" specialization may be for you. This specialization, consisting of six short courses, is serious preparation for serious students who hope to work in the field of robotics or to undertake advanced study. It is not a sampler. In Course 1 of the specialization, Foundations of Robot Motion, you will learn fundamental material regarding robot configurations, for both serial robot mechanisms and robots with closed chains. You will learn about configuration space (C-space), degrees of freedom, C-space topology, implicit and explicit representations of configurations, and holonomic and nonholonomic constraints. You will also learn how to represent spatial velocities and forces as twists and wrenches. This material is at the core of the study of anything that moves (e.g., robots). This course follows the textbook "Modern Robotics: Mechanics, Planning, and Control" (Lynch and Park, Cambridge University Press 2017). You can purchase the book or use the free preprint pdf. You will build on a library of robotics software in the language of your choice (among Python, Mathematica, and MATLAB) and use the free cross-platform robot simulator V-REP, which allows you to work with state-of-the-art robots in the comfort of your own home and with zero financial investment.

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Rating 4.6 based on 118 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort This course requires 4 weeks of study of approximately 3-5 hours/week.
Starts Mar 15 (5 weeks ago)
Cost $79
From Northwestern University via Coursera
Instructor Kevin Lynch
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Language English
Subjects Programming Engineering
Tags Computer Science Software Development Physical Science And Engineering Mechanical Engineering

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Really helpful this course very interesting it give you general idea of the robot thank you I thank both NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY and COURSERA for providing such an wonderfull course, please do this if you want to pursue your career in the field of robotics, and also the professors answer your doubts regularly, so do not think you wont have support, they are really sweet and YES 5 starts are less for this course : ) This course covers the fundamentals of rigid-body transformations required to make further progress in robotics.

great course it was good intro to the field of robotics.

Was a good in-depth introduction to the field of robotics.

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linear algebra

The textbook is well-written and clear, however there will be some extra reading to do if you don't understand linear algebra and matrices already.

Excellent teaching!I recommend watching 'Essence of Linear Algebra' series by '3Blue1Brown' on YouTube before starting this course.

Excellent introduction to the course, for someone who has been 4 years out of academic life I found it challenging yet satisfying to retake linear algebra concepts The best part was conceptual questions after every video which made sure that we understood each part properly.

A perfect balance of difficulty level is maintained, meaning you need to be good at linear algebra (Matrices) and geometrical transformations if you want to excel in this course.

However, I suggest you have a sound fundamentals of Linear Algebra, matrices and Calculus.

I have to say it's a really great class with their textbook which can download, but I think it quite difficult for those people who didn't learn linear algebra and calculous.

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Excellent course, every one should take this course.

If anyone is looking for a career in this field then please take this course.

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video lectures

Completing the quizzes, video lectures and reading material should give the student a good background in these areas.

this course is good for new learners but the programming part is not detailed explained in video lectures and the questions are too tough to be solved.

But it is completely self study, no use or very little use of video lectures.

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very interesting

It is very interesting extremely concise videos with great coverage of material through well-made quizzes A perfect course for undergraduate engineering students who want to pursue robotics as a career.

Awesome course, has been challenging and very interesting!

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Rating 4.6 based on 118 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort This course requires 4 weeks of study of approximately 3-5 hours/week.
Starts Mar 15 (5 weeks ago)
Cost $79
From Northwestern University via Coursera
Instructor Kevin Lynch
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Programming Engineering
Tags Computer Science Software Development Physical Science And Engineering Mechanical Engineering

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