Introduction to Robotics

Wheeled robot carrying doll in its arm.

In this year's final project, 2.12 students built a rescue robot to find and carry a doll, representing a victim of disaster, to the "emergency room." (Image from video by Phil Shaltis. Used with permission.)


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Fall 2005



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This course provides an overview of robot mechanisms, dynamics, and intelligent controls. Topics include planar and spatial kinematics, and motion planning; mechanism design for manipulators and mobile robots, multi-rigid-body dynamics, 3D graphic simulation; control design, actuators, and sensors; wireless networking, task modeling, human-machine interface, and embedded software. Weekly laboratories provide experience with servo drives, real-time control, and embedded software. Students will design and fabricate working robotic systems in a group-based term project.

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Asada, Harry, and John Leonard. 2.12 Introduction to Robotics, Fall 2005. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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