Mobile Robotics

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Course Date: 11 August 2014 to 09 September 2014

Price: free

Course Summary

From the surface of Mars to your living room floor, mobile robots can be found in some surprising places. Together we’ll explore how and why. We’ll look at how robots move, how they sense the world around them and how they make decisions. Then we’ll put all this together and apply what we’ve learned to build our own mobile robot.

Course Instructors

Dr. Michelle Dunn

Michelle has a long standing passion for robotics, particularly mobile robots, and has several mobile robots that she works with in her spare time. She enjoys sharing this passion by lecturing in Robotics and Mechatronics, along with Biomedical Engineering, at Swinburne University of Technology. Her research focusses on computer vision and image processing, as well as brain computer interface devices – devices that can be used to control machines or robots using signals from the human body.

Course Description

What's it about?

From the surface of Mars to your living room floor, mobile robots can be found in some surprising places. Together we’ll explore how and why.

From the surface of Mars to your living room floor, mobile robots can be found in some surprising places. Together we’ll explore how and why. We’ll look at how robots move, how they sense the world around them and how they make decisions. Then we’ll put all this together and apply what we’ve learned to build our own mobile robot.

What's involved?

Module 1Robot Applications
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment11 Aug - 17 Aug
Module 2Robot Locomotion
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment18 Aug - 24 Aug
Module 3Robot Sensing
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment25 Aug - 31 Aug
Module 4Robot Control
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment1 Sep - 7 Sep

What will I learn?

  • What is, and what is not a robot – and more specifically, a mobile robot
  • Why we need robots
  • What subsystems robots are made up of
  • Different ways that mobile robots can move themselves around, and which are most suitable for different environments
  • How a variety of sensors receive information about the environment around then
  • Ways to classify sensors: proprioceptive vs exteroceptive; active vs passive
  • How a feedback system works
  • That robots follow logical sequential instructions in order to function
  • To create basic flow diagrams and pseudo code to program what a robot will do
  • How to develop a list of design requirements for a robotic system
  • How to design, implement and troubleshoot a robotic system

This course requires approximately 2 - 4 hours of study per week, but can vary depending on the student. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments. The total video time for this course is approximately 2 hours 57 minutes.

If you pass this course you'll receive a Certificate of Achievement. While this certificate isn't a formal qualification or credit, you can use it to demonstrate your interest in learning about this area to potential employers or educational institutions.

Where to from here?

If you love this course, why not take your studies further? Here are some accredited qualifications that could help you achieve your goals.

Where could this lead me?

If you're wondering what your future could look like in this area, here are some potential careers you could head towards.

  • Mechatronics Engineer
  • Computer Scientist
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Software Engineer

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