Module Title:   Robotics Systems

Module Credit:   10

Module Code:   ENG3084M

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 2

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 6

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Engineering

Related Department/Subject Area:   PI - Engineering: Telecomms, Electromagnetics etc (MDIS) (not in use)

Principal Co-ordinator:   Dr JC Readle

Additional Tutor(s):   -

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To extend early work on robotics to cover both mobile and static robot systems at a more theoretical level.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
The module will be primarily lecture/seminar based but with a number of practical exercises carried out during both class time and as directed study.

Lectures:   12.00          Directed Study:   74.50           
Seminars/Tutorials:   12.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   0.00          Formal Exams:   1.50          Total:   100.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

understand of the component parts of both mobile and static robots as well as show a theoretical understanding of the kinematics, control and computational techniques used in robotics.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

extend and consolidate your skills in the development and use of static and mobile robots.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

demonstrate software development, written communication, mathematical and analytical skills.

  Examination - closed book 1.50 70%
  Laboratory Report   30%
  One piece of lab based coursework
  Examination - closed book 2.00 100%
  Supplementary Examination

Outline Syllabus:
1. Introduction; history of robotics, advantages, industrial and non-industrial applications. 2. Drive mechanisms and methods; electrical de servo-motors, stepper motors, hydraulic, pneumatic, linear drives, rotary drives. 3. Static robots; classification and structure, physical configurations, end effectors, dynamics, basic co-ordinate transforms, homogenous transformation, Denavit and Hartenburg (DH) method, introduction to kinetics. 4. Mobile robots; locomotion, kinematics of locomotion, manoeuvring problems. 5. Computer control; hardware, software. 6. Robot control; review of feedback control systems, problems of time-varying dynamics, digital control. 7. Sensors; review of internal and external state sensors, vision based sensors, sensor fusion. 8. Reasoning; search strategies, behaviour control, internal model techniques, maze solving techniques, fuzzy logic, neural networks. 9. Application areas; including space, medicine and manufacturing. Discussion of the ethical implications of robots in both a manufacturing environment and in wider society.

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