- To introduce students to concepts and techniques used in robotics and applications ranging from industrial automation to robotic companions.
- To understand the basic concepts used in evolutionary, swarm and other bio-inspired robotics.
- To understand the basic concepts used in developmental robotics and human-robot interaction.
- To gain exposure to the main issues involved in building intelligent robot controllers.
Course Description: Link to Official Course Descriptor.
Pre-requisite course(s): F29AI Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Agents or equivalent.
Location: Dubai, Edinburgh.
- Fundamentals of Manipulators – Geometry, kinematics, control and programming.
- Basics of Mobile Robots – Mapping, path planning and navigation.
- Behaviour Based Robotics, Evolutionary, swarm and other bio-inspired robotics.
- Cognitive Robotics – Developmental robotics and human-robot Interaction.
Learning Outcomes: Subject Mastery
Understanding, Knowledge and Cognitive Skills Scholarship, Enquiry and Research (Research-Informed Learning)
- To appreciate the basic concepts of automation and intelligent robotics.
- To develop detailed understanding of the geometries of industrial manipulators.
- To develop detailed understanding of the architectures of autonomous guided vehicles (AGVs).
- To develop detailed understanding of interfacing & control issues of manipulator arms and AGVs.
- To explore the applications and implications of automation and human-robot interaction.
- To appreciate the different forms and uses of various sensor technologies, including multi-modal sensing.
- To develop detailed understanding of the architecture of behaviour-based robotics (BBR), evolutionary robotics and swarm robotics.
- To explore the collaboration and ethical issues of human-robot interaction.
- To make informed judgements about appropriate methodologies for developing and evaluating robotics applications.
Learning Outcomes: Personal Abilities
Industrial, Commercial & Professional Practice Autonomy, Accountability & Working with Others Communication, Numeracy & ICT
- To critically analyse various paradigms and architectures.
- To appreciate the real-world constraints imposed on technical skills.
- To offer professional insights into the financial imperatives which apply to the introduction of new technology.
- To offer ethical insights into the introduction of new robotics technology.
Assessment: Examination: (weighting – 60%) Coursework: (weighting – 40%)
Re-assessment: Examination (MSc): (weighting – 100%)
SCQF Level: 11.