The module aims to explore robotic systems, both historically and as an area of rapid contemporary development. Students will be introduced to the different types and applications of robotic systems. An emphasis is placed on modelling and simulation. Sensing and actuation is also covered, with a focus on control of robot manipulators. Students will be exposed to a wide range of practical applications of robotic systems, and encouraged to discuss and reflect on the implications of using robots (e.g. ethical considerations, safety, social and economic impacts).
Credits: 10 (Autumn semester)
Dr Jonathan Aitken
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.
By the end of the module students will be able to:
Describe a number of scenarios where robotics is beneficial, and critically appraise these from perspectives of ethics, safety, cost-benefit and social impact. [SM3m, SM4m, D1p, D2p, ET1p, ET6p]
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.
After a general introduction to robotics the module will be taught based around a number of case studies. Each case study will be built around a general application area or type of robotics, e.g. healthcare, biologically inspired robots, mobile robots, co-operative robots. This general area will be introduced and then the technical aspects of robotics will be taught using a specific example of a robot in the area.
•Introduction to robotics; brief history; types and applications of robotics; why robots are important; social and ethical issues.
Learning and Teaching Methods
Lectures: 20 hours
Learning and Teaching Materials
All teaching materials will be available via MOLE.
2 hour written examination.
No resit examination is available for this module.
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 the module.
This is updated regularly as Robotics is a rapidly developing field and textbooks quickly become out of date. Some indicative reading is given below, and more information will be made available via MOLE.