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Introduction to Robotics
Last update: 27.09.2021
What this course about?

Develop the skills needed to start working with simple robots. This module sets out the basic principles of robotics and covers the assembly, programming, and control of a simple robot. The Robotics module covers the main concepts and skills needed to assemble, programme, and control a simple robot. Robots are not only found in science fiction. Programmable mechanical devices are increasingly used to automate common tasks, for example in factories and distribution centres.

🌐 Who is this course for?
People will interact more and more with these devices in different environments such as home, school, or healthcare. Early exposure to this technology will help to explain their use as well as open paths to future learning and more specialised skills development.
📋 Pre-course requirements
  • Базовые знания и навыки в области робототехники
What will you learn?
  • Understand key concepts relating to robots and robotics systems, and identify examples of robots
  • Identify the main parts of a robot and their function, including microcontrollers, actuators, sensors, and power sources
  • Understand the elements of a simple control system, and test a control system
  • Understand basic programming concepts, and create and execute a programme in a visual programming language
  • Set up a robot, implement robotic motion, and control a robot in an environment
Course outline
  • 1.1 Robots and Automated Systems
    Define robots, robotics systems.
    Understand that robots can be teleoperated, semi-autonomous, autonomous.
    Understand that robots can be fixed or mobile.
  • 1.2 The Use of Robots
    Identify common uses of robots in different environments like: home, school, manufacturing, healthcare.
    Identify advanced uses of robots like: driverless cars, robot-assisted surgery.
    Identify ethical issues in the use of robots like: harming humans.
  • 2.1 Basic Parts and Components
    Identify the basic parts of a robot like: actuator, microcontroller, sensor, power source.
    Identify components in a robot kit like: chassis, electronics parts, cables, tools and parts for assembly.
  • 2.2 Microcontroller
    Recognise that the microcontroller collects information from input devices like sensors, executes a program, controls output devices like LED lights, sound device.
    Identify common microcontroller ports like: power, USB, wireless, input, output.
  • 2.3 Actuator System
    Identify main parts of the actuator system like: switch, motor.
    Understand that the actuator transforms electrical power into mechanical power, enabling the robot to function.
  • 2.4 Sensor
    Understand that a sensor detects changes in its environment like: light intensity, distance, angle.
    Recognise the function of different types of sensors like: light, sound, gyroscope.
  • 2.5 Locomotion, Power
    Identify the parts of a robot that support motion like: arm, wheels.
    Identify power sources like: batteries, solar power.
  • 3.1 Control System Overview
    Identify the elements of a control system. Understand the basic types of control: open loop, closed loop.
    Recognise connections to a microcontroller like: button, power, motor, USB input, wireless technology, sensors, output devices.
    Identify connections to the microcontroller represented in a block diagram.
    Set up a simple control system using elements like: power, motor, sensors.
  • 3.2 Test a Simple Control System
    Run pre-defined programs to provide output values like: light intensity, sound, distance, angle.
    Recognise that there is a response time between inputs and outputs.
    Recognise that changing variables in a program affects outputs.
  • 4.1 Programming Basics
    Define the terms program, programming language.
    Recognise blocks as a basic element in a visual programming language. Recognise common block categories like: Events, Control.
    Recognise typical activities in the creation of a program like: analyse a task, design a solution, write a program, test and improve the program.
    Understand the basic elements of a program like: sequence, decision, loop.
    Understand how a flowchart can be used to present the steps in a solution.
  • 4.2 Constant, Variable
    Distinguish between the terms variable and constant used in a program.
    Create new variables and assign suitable input in a program.
  • 4.3 Events, Controls
    Use an Events block in a program like: when.
    Use a Control block in a program like: wait, wait until.
    Apply a loop or continuous action using controls in a program like: forever, repeat.
    Apply conditions using controls in a program like: if, then, else.
    Apply logic operators in a program like: and, not, or.
  • 4.4 Program Creation and Execution
    Outline a plan to describe and solve a problem like: control an output, complete a series of actions.
    Draw a flowchart to present the steps in a solution.
    Build a program in a visual programming language to solve a problem like: control an output, complete a series of actions.
    Recognise that there may be more than one way of writing a program to solve the same problem.
    Run a program. Identify and fix errors in a program.
  • 5.1 Setup
    Understand and implement safety guidelines like: safe handling of electrical items and tools, awareness of safety of self and others.
    Assemble a robot using available tools.
  • 5.2 Implementing Robotic Motion
    Implement simple robotic motion like: stop, move forward or backward, turn.
    Understand the relationships between power, distance, speed, time in robotic motion.
    Apply concepts of power, distance, speed, time to control motions like: move forward, backward. Recognise that momentum and friction can affect robotic motion.
    Understand the relationship between power, rotational speed, angle of rotation in robotic motion.
  • 5.3 Implementing Robotic Controls
    Use a robot to collect sensor data like: distance, sound, angle, light.
    Build, test and refine a program to control the robot using an input sensor like: light, sound, gyroscope.
    Understand the importance of testing in order to eliminate errors.
    Understand that some causes of errors are random like: dust, unknown variables.
  • 5.4 Control in an Environment
    Navigate a robot in an environment to complete tasks using functionality like: following or avoiding a line; following or avoiding an object, a barrier; moving up, down a slope.
    Navigate a robot in an environment to complete a scenario using an appropriate combination of motions and functionalities.
    Recognise the importance of teamwork when collaborating on a robot. Understand skills like: planning, communication, allocation of tasks.
Available formats
Instructor-led online (webinar)
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11.11.2021 - 12.11.2021 Online , Russian Russian $119,99 , Webinar Webinar
25.08.2022 - 26.08.2022 Online , Russian Russian $119,99 , Webinar Webinar
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Introduction to Robotics (DIGI039)

Discipline: Industry 4.0 technologies

Language: English, Russian

Level: Intermediate

Available formats:

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