Module Leader

Dr Thrishantha Nanayakkara

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
  • Apply robotics system design methods and biological principles to the development and construction of a novel intelligent robotic system.
  • Select and utilise appropriate software in the programming and demonstration of a robotic system.
  • Select and utilise appropriate fabrications techniques to develop and build a small robot that includes integrated electrical and mechanical components.
  • Discuss the opportunities and limitations of current robotics technologies.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the potential scope of application for robotic systems.

Description of Content

Robotics II will provide an overview of the latest research in the field of applied robotics, as well as a hands-on approach to bring critical skills together. This is done in a project-oriented course where students will design mechanical, electrical, and software subsystems of an overall functioning robot.

In this module, students will come up with a user case for a robotic solution, develop a hypothesis about the effect of a design criterion on the user experience (e.g. across gender, culture, or wellbeing), develop the robotic solution (experimental set up), test on human participants, obtain measurements, analyse data, and write a report in a conference paper format (6-8 pages).

This requires students to fuse elements of embedded programming, control, and mechanical fabrication in the design and build of highly contextualized smart technologies. They must consider the interaction between the human users and their robot systems, and demonstrate a systematic methodical approach to the conception, development, and validation of their ideas. This has the aim of proposing new methods for the development and application of robotics in new contexts across the world.