Robotics addresses the design, construction, and automatic control of mechatronical systems. The course provides a general overview of robotics, focusing on autonomous mobile robots: autonomous systems which exist and move in the physical world, can sense their environment using multiple sensors, can reason about it to issue plans, and can act on it to achieve one or multiple goals. The fundamental concepts and models necessary to achieve such a view of a robotic system will be studied: Forward and Inverse Kinematics; Proprio- and Exteroceptive Sensing; Model-based and Model-free State Estimation; Feedback-based Control; Paradigms and Architectures for Robot Control; Localization and Mapping; Motion Planning; Navigation; Coordination and Cooperation in Multi-robots and Swarms. The course includes theory classes, hands-on classes, and homework. Students will learn how to use the ROS and the simulator Gazebo, and will apply the learned concepts through the programming of both simulated and real robots.
The course will not be offered in the academic year 2016/17