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 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
Where could this lead me?
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MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
How do I register?
To register for a course, click on "Go to Class" button on the course page. This will take you to the providers website where you can register for the course.
How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.