The primary focus of this course module is to introduce students to the field of mobile robotics. The building components of robots such as the chassis, motors, microcontroller, different types of sensors, and wireless communication are covered. Even though simple, low-cost, toy robots are used for the hands-on practical activities, the main concepts easily extend to limitless real-world practical applications.
The e-mindset challenges offer students opportunities to make connections between the basic concepts learned here with current real-world applications like microcontrollers, analog sensors and actuators used for making ‘smart’ gadgets used in autonomous vehicles to the the ‘smart’ home. The curious mind will not stop here, but goes far beyond by exploring and finding new application scenarios that have never been considered before.
It is highly recommended students review the following tutorials before coming to class. This will facilitate the learning process in the classroom and makes for effective utilization of class time.