ACS6503 Manipulator Robotics

Module Description (subject to change)

The module aims to explore robotic manipulators, from theoretical concepts and modelling to practical implementations. Students will be introduced to the different types and applications of robotic manipulators. 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 manipulators, and encouraged to discuss and reflect on the implications of using robots (e.g. ethical considerations, safety, social and economic impacts), especially within manufacturing.

Credits: 15 (Autumn semester)

Module Leader

Dr Jonathan Aitken








Dr Jonathan Aitken

Email: jonathan.aitken@sheffield.ac.uk
Pam Liversidge Building

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.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

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]
  • Describe different robotic systems commonly used in the industry, understand the different configurations and appreciate the advantages and disadvantages of these. [ET2p, ET6p]
  • Explain the difference between kinematic and dynamic modelling, and be able to derive and apply kinematic and dynamic models of robots. [SM2m, SM5m, EA1m]
  • Design, implement and test control strategies for robotic manipulators with simulated and/or physical systems [EP1m, EP2m, EP3m]
  • Implement and appraise controllers for a variety of different robotic manipulator systems. [EA2p, D2m]

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

TBC

Teaching Methods

Learning and Teaching Methods

NOTE: This summary of teaching methods is representative of a normal Semester. Owing to the ongoing disruption from Covid-19, the exact method of delivery will be different in 2020/21.

  • Lectures: 30 hours
  • Tutorials: 6 hours
  • Laboratory: 12 hours
  • Independent Study: 100 hours
Teaching Materials

Learning and Teaching Materials

All teaching materials will be available via Blackboard (MOLE).

Assessment

Assessment

100% Course work based assessment only

40% - Coursework - Safety of Collaborative Robots; Limit 2,000 words

60% - Lab report - modelling and control of the Mover6 arm; Limit 3,000 words

Feedback

Feedback

TBC

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 the module.

You can view the latest Department response to the survey feedback here.

Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading

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 Blackboard (MOLE).

  • TBC