ACS337 Robotic Systems

Module Description

Robotics is having an increasing impact on society and the way we live. From advanced manufacturing to unmanned aerial systems and driverless cars this exciting area is presenting increasing technological challenges. This unit provides students with the advanced knowledge and understanding to apply control and systems engineering concepts to the field of robotics.
The unit covers the theoretical foundations of manipulators and mobile robots, and reviews robotic systems with reference to their applications. The
unit further covers advanced techniques in autonomous vehicles and swarm robotics.

Credits:  10 (Spring semester)

Module Leader

Dr Roderich GrossDr Roderich Gross
Room F9, Pam Liversidge building (Sheffield Robotics)

If you have any questions about the module please talk to me during the lectures or the labs in the first instance. It is likely that other students will learn from any questions you ask as well, so don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Outside of lectures please contact me via email, or drop in to see me.

Other teaching staff

Dr Jonathan M. AitkenDr J Aitken, room B05, Amy Johnson Building
Email: jonathan.aitken@sheffield.ac.uk

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students will be able to:

  • Evaluate and critically appraise, real world scenarios where robotics and autonomous systems might be applied, make informed choices about the relative merits of their use, and explain associated social and ethical issues. [SM3fl, D1fl, ET1fl, ET2fl, ET5fl, ET6fl]
  • Compare different robotic configurations and systems, critically evaluate their advantages and disadvantages in open-ended real world problems, derive and apply kinematic and dynamic models of robots. [SM2fl, EA1fl, ET4fl, ET6fl]
  • Explain sensing and actuation systems applied to robotic systems, and the importance of using multiple sensors in robotic and autonomous systems. [SM1fl, EP2fl]
  • Explain and apply algorithmic approaches for mobile robot navigation, as well as advanced concepts of multi-robot coordination and the practical implications of their application. [SM2fl, SM3fl, EA3fl]

This module satisfies the AHEP3 (Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes, Third Edition) Learning Outcomes that are listed in brackets after each learning outcome above. For further details on AHEP3 Learning Outcomes, see the downloads section of our accreditation webpage.

Syllabus

Syllabus

Teaching Methods

Learning and Teaching Methods

  • Lectures: 14 hours
  • Tutorials: 2 hours
  • Laboratories (including associated assessment): 6 hours
  • Independent Study: 76 hours
Teaching Materials

Learning and Teaching Materials

Assessment

Assessment

The module will be assessed by:

1.5 hour formal exam (60%)
Lab work and associated assignments (40%)

Feedback

Feedback

Student Evaluation

Student Evaluation

Students are encouraged to provide feedback during the module direct to the lecturer. Students will also have the opportunity to provide formal feedback via the Faculty of Engineering Student Evaluation Survey at the end of each semester.

Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading