Module Title:   Mobile Robotics & Wireless Sensors

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   ENG4121D

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 7

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Engineering

Related Department/Subject Area:   School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Principal Co-ordinator:   Dr P.Pillai

Additional Tutor(s):   Dr J.Readle

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To design and implement an autonomous intelligent mobile robot with wireless sensing capabilities. To develop skills in the mechanical design and construction of a robotic chassis, the use and interfacing of sensors and actuators, the hardware and software implementation of integrating components and building blocks to a functioning system, and the debugging and prototyping aspects in design.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
The module is delivered via extensive hands-on practical lab-based design & implementation of lecture material into a finished hardware/software based robotics system. Most of the learning is lab based, supported by introductory lecture to guide you towards a specific task. Tutorial & seminar question and answer sessions & remedial help is available if required. The remaining time is given to private study comprising group report writing, individual directed reading, group design work etc.
Supplementary assessement - to repair deficiencies in original assessment.

Lectures:   10.00          Directed Study:   128.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   2.00          Other:   24.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   36.00          Formal Exams:   0.00          Total:   200.00

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

1. Critically review and understand the robotic control principles, use of sensors and actuators, and programming for autonomous robotic applications. Critical review and understanding of current autonomous robots and consolidate and extend knowledge in robotics applications.
2. Critically evaluate and analyse the design methodology and implementation techniques of mobile robotics and wireless sensors. Investigate and define a specialised application and its constraints, research and develop the specifications for a wireless robotic system and evaluate alternative implementation solutions.

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

1. Critically apply and extend robotic control principles, robot design and construction concepts to identity, describe and analyse the performance of complex mobile robots, accuracy of sensor technology, limits of operations of motor drives, algorithm limitations and computation limitations. Critically evaluate engineering options in algorithms, sensor technology, wireless technology and drive systems.
2. Effectively integrate the theory and practical system design principles to detect suitable methods and components, develop a working prototype and evaluate its performance.

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

1. Communicate complex system ideas clearly and succinctly, integrate innovation, social, ethical and sustainable constraints into the robot design and critically reflect on your design. Demonstrate competence in the use of technical literature and other information sources such as software manuals, data sheets, application notes and programmers guides. Develop advanced skills in problem definition, problem solving techniques, project management skills and technical report writing.

  Coursework   100%
  Laboratory work, laboratory presentations, observed demonstrations, personal portfolio of work, laboratory assessment

Outline Syllabus:
Fundamentals of robot construction; mechanics, drive systems, control methods. Communication between human/world and agents/hardware via software. Sensors and actuators for mobile robots. D.C. motors, servo motors, stepper motors and their associated controls. Advanced programming in a multi-tasking environment. Hands-on assimilation of concepts by experimental work. Demonstration of acquired skills and design initiative through a competition or demonstration agents developed by different groups. Group dynamics.

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