Introduction to Mobile Robots
Mobile robots are being increasingly used for factory operations, warehouse operations, piping and ducting inspection, building maintenance and many other applications. The design, implementation and use of mobile robots cover a wide range of engineering skills. In this course many of the requirements for mobile robots are described through discussion and hardware and software demonstration (operating robots). Discussion includes many of the basics such as motors, drive methods, servos, batteries, structures, sensors and computers. In addition, operational requirements are discussed and demonstrated including autonomous and teleoperated methods of control, navigation and first-person view. Because machine learning and deep learning are major attributes of many mobile robots, these methods as applicable to mobile robot operation will be described and demonstrated.
Benefits and Learning Outcomes
- Explore basic hardware, software and drive approaches for the design of mobile robots
- Learn how different robot drive and operation methods are related to potential mobile robot application and mission accomplishment
- Examine how and where machine learning is being used to enhance the functions of mobile robots