Robotics OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Bachelor Level Class on the Design of Robotics Systems

Published Jan 24, 2009

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers a free OpenCourseWare for its mechanical engineering course, 'Introduction to Robotics.' The course materials survey topics instrumental to robotics, including actuators, drive systems and planar kinematics. This course is ideal for undergraduates earning bachelor's degrees in Mechanical Engineering and who have an interest in robotics and prior knowledge of modeling dynamics and control.

Introduction to Robotics: Course Specifics

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Introduction to Robotics: Course Description

Robotics is one of the fastest growing and most exciting fields in science today! This OpenCourseWare on robotics provides lecture notes and video clips from two projects completed by previous students. For the first project, students used a search algorithm to design a robot which could detect metal disks, or mines. With the second project, students were challenged to design an autonomous mobile robot which could rescue victims in a disaster area. The lecture notes are updated chapters from Professor Asada's book, Robot Analysis and Control, written with Jean-Jacques Slotine. Problem sets and practice exams will help students develop their understanding of how robots are designed. Originally a graduate-level course, the OpenCourseWare materials are appropriate for undergraduate students earning a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related field. Background knowledge in control and dynamics is necessary for this course. 'Introduction to Robotics' was originally presented by Professors Harry Asada and John Leonard through the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The OpenCourseWare includes lecture notes, eight problem sets, practice exams, project descriptions and video clips from previous class projects. To download the free course materials, visit the introduction to robotics course page.

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