151-0641-00L  Introduction to Robotics and Mechatronics

SemesterSpring Semester 2020
LecturersB. Nelson, N. Shamsudhin
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNumber of participants limited to 60.

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151-0641-00 VIntroduction to Robotics and Mechatronics
Permission from lecturers required for all students.
2 hrs
Mon16:15-18:00ML F 38 »
B. Nelson, N. Shamsudhin
151-0641-00 UIntroduction to Robotics and Mechatronics
Permission from lecturers required for all students.
A choice of four different time slots is arranged for the exercise session in a goup room.
The students will be informed about it during the enrollment process.
2 hrsB. Nelson, N. Shamsudhin

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AbstractThe aim of this lecture is to expose students to the fundamentals of mechatronic and robotic systems. Over the course of these lectures, topics will include how to interface a computer with the real world, different types of sensors and their use, different types of actuators and their use.
ObjectiveAn ever-increasing number of mechatronic systems are finding their way into our daily lives. Mechatronic systems synergistically combine computer science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. Robotics systems can be viewed as a subset of mechatronics that focuses on sophisticated control of moving devices.

The aim of this course is to practically and theoretically expose students to the fundamentals of mechatronic and robotic systems. Over the course of the semester, the lecture topics will include an overview of robotics, an introduction to different types of sensors and their use, the programming of microcontrollers and interfacing these embedded computers with the real world, signal filtering and processing, an introduction to different types of actuators and their use, an overview of computer vision, and forward and inverse kinematics. Throughout the course, students will periodically attend laboratory sessions and implement lessons learned during lectures on real mechatronic systems. By the end of the course, you will be able to independently choose, design and integrate these different building blocks into a working mechatronic system.
ContentThe course consists of weekly lectures and lab sessions. The weekly topics are the following:
0. Course Introduction
1. C Programming
2. Sensors
3. Data Acquisition
4. Signal Processing
5. Digital Filtering
6. Actuators
7. Computer Vision and Kinematics
8. Modeling and Control
9. Review and Outlook

The lecture schedule can be found on our course page on the MSRL website (Link)
Prerequisites / NoticeThe students are expected to be familiar with C programming.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersB. Nelson, N. Shamsudhin
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examination- Lab reports are collected and graded throughout the semester. As the labwork takes place in groups of three students each, a single combined lab report is generally expected from the group.
- Exam: One examination of 2 hours held at the end of the semester. Examination may be computer-based.
- Written aids for exam: 1 page (single-sided) handwritten summary allowed (no copies).
- Lab reports account for 60% of the course grade and the final examination accounts for 40%.

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