Computing and Robotics

(Room 2.07 - Second Floor)

Mini Robots


Computing is increasingly fundamental to everyday life and The Diamond has over 1000 computers available for students to use in open access areas and four computer rooms specifically for teaching. These rooms can accommodate classes of up to 160, with specialised equipment available as required for specific courses.

The high specification computer laboratory has 42 workstations with high-performance graphics cards and processors coupled to 3D capable monitors. These are used by students for Parallel Computing, Modelling and Simulation, or any course that needs complex graphics or computations.

Robotics is becoming more and more prevalent throughout our society, and our undergraduate engineers and computer scientists learn how to program real robots and develop robotics skills that will equip them for a career in this industry. The Diamond is home to a range of cutting edge robotics hardware to support this hands-on practical teaching and our largest computer room is also home to a purpose-built robot arena. Here our robots can be programmed (using Python, Java, C++) to complete real-world robotics tasks such as navigation, object detection and avoidance, colour detection and robot-human interaction.

Students will learn:
  • How to develop software using languages such as C++, Python and Java that runs on physical, mobile systems and allows them to interact with their environment.
  • Make robots to perform real-world tasks using data from devices such as cameras, microphones, displacement sensors.
  • Learn how to use the Robot Operating System (ROS): an industry standard robot programming framework.
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