Animal Locomotion and Bioinspired Robots (UG)

Module aims

In this module you will be provided with practical training in bio-inspired robotics locomotion. The course revolves around selected topics in animal locomotion and corresponding robotics projects. You are expected to participate in all hands-on activities and the assessment will be based on the performance of the implemented devices as well as the accompanying coursework. This module is designed to reinforce the engineering skills for implementing mechatronics systems, thus merely understanding the theory is not sufficient to pass the course.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module you will be able to: Discuss the process and challenges in bio-inspired robotics. Identify and analyse the biological principles underlying different robotic applications. Evaluate the performances of bioinspired robots and draw additional inspirations from nature. Design a new version of a bioinspired robot and propose concrete implementation. Assemble and condition a bioinspired robot to accomplish the assigned tasks using the biological principles. Perform live robot demonstrations in a team environment

Module syllabus

Dynamics of legged locomotion The challenge of feedback motion control Visual tracking and sensorimotor control Guidance with simple sensory rules Coordination of multiple on-going behaviours

Pre-requisites

 Mechanics, Biomechanics, Math, Project experience. Algebra, trigonometry, basic understanding of numerical solutions of differential equations Programming in Matlab Programming in Python Basic CAD skills

Teaching methods

Lectures: 6 hours
Workshop: 18 hours

Assessments

Courseworks:
- Three written reports 10% each

- Robot Design work 20%

- Live demonstration 30%

- Contest 20%

Feedback : Since the majority of the assessments are performed in class, we will provide feedback to the student's work immediately vi