Begin Robotics

Week 1: Week 2: Week 3: Week 4: This course explores the basics of robotics. It doesn’t assume any prior knowledge and you don’t need to own your own robot to take part. This course includes video content and other visual teaching methods. As such, blind and visually impaired students may need a helper. Please be aware that this course contains video clips that include sequences of flickering/flashing lights which might affect learners who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy. Scampi (pictured above) is a 28 gram walking robot created by Robotics student Rory Mangles and is mostly made of paperclips. You can use the hashtag #FLrobotics to talk about this course on social media.

Topics Covered
  • 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
  • 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
  • Problem solving: commanding a robot to achieve tasks on the basis of sensor information
  • Feedback for control and human-machine interaction
  • An explanation of feedback control of steering and speed in robots and in other applications such as balance, temperature and damping oscillations
  • Simple mathematical modelling of robots and different forms of control strategies
  • Human-Computer Interaction: feedback, including haptics
  • 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
  • Problem solving: commanding a robot to traverse a maze

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Length 4 weeks
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Starts Jan 11 (last week)
Cost $69
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Instructors William Harwin, Richard Mitchell, Timothy Threadgold, Louis Swaidani, Yen Tu
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Language English
Subjects Programming Engineering
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Rating 4.5 based on 7 ratings
Length 4 weeks
Effort 3 hours per week
Starts Jan 11 (last week)
Cost $69
From University of Reading via FutureLearn
Instructors William Harwin, Richard Mitchell, Timothy Threadgold, Louis Swaidani, Yen Tu
Free Limited Content
Language English
Subjects Programming Engineering
Tags C R Science, Engineering & Maths