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Introduction to Mobile Robots

Mobile robots are increasingly a part of many business operations through use in janitorial functions, stocking merchandise, order fulfillment and other applications. Many more applications are predicted in the future. This course provides an introduction to the types and basic attributes of mobile robots which can be used to make engineering decisions for their design and implementation. Both wheeled and legged robots are discussed. Beginning with an overview of decisions important to the robot’s mission, 3D CAD design and the drive, sensor, communication, computer, mission hardware and power systems are described. These implementation attributes are illustrated using a number of operational robots. Both autonomous and tele-operated control are described and illustrated. You are given the opportunity to remotely control robots and modify their behavior.

Instructor

Dennis Miller

Dennis Miller

Dennis Miller has a BS and MS in electrical engineering with additional graduate work in computer science. He worked for 35 years for Johnson Controls, Inc. as an engineer and manager in building controls research, product development and software testing. ... read more

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the primary types of mobile robots and the functions and components used for their implementation
  • Learn about example mobile robot applications including the business objectives and the primary functional requirements to meet these objectives
  • Learn about the basic components used for mobile robot implementation
  • Test mobile robot functions through hands-on operation of a number of provided robots which illustrate types of control, motion and sensing

Dates and locations to be announced.

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