Industrial Robotics & Flexible Assembly


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Learning Objective:

Industrial robots (as opposed to toy robots) have come a long way: Beyond manufacturing, transportation and construction, they are applied in healthcare, exploration, environmental protection and other field and service applications, with exciting and significant impact on industry and society. In this course we will learn how to design, select and operate intelligent robots and autonomous systems, and how to plan effective implementation and application of robotic automation.


Due to rapid changes of information and computing technologies, a single textbook or an instructor cannot provide sufficient depth and breadth of the topics of this class. Thus, every participant, i.e., students, instructors, and TAs of this class is highly encouraged and expected to bring in new ideas and knowledge to class. Any constructive feedback to make this class more educational and inspirational is highly welcome. To make our evolutionary course sustainable, however, certain class policies will be strictly applied.

Topics Covered:

Fundamental principles of robot mechatronics; Lab demos with robot and vision systems, from simple to intelligent; IE methods/algorithms to plan robotic cells, lines, teams, swarms; Robot simulators; Robot cognition, interaction, intelligence, and social behavior; Human-robot interaction; Humanoids, biologically-inspired, and evolutionary robots; Robots & sustainability: Eco-robots; renewable energy-powered robots.
SP2018 Syllabus


Graduate-level status in Engineering

Applied / Theory:

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Web Content:

All labs are video based, and they are posted on the class website on Blackboard.


Bi-weekly homework assignments; individual project.


Required, can be job-related or from list of topics.


One mid-term exam (take-home) and a semester project (as final exam).


Optional --Nof, Wilhelm, & Warnecke, "Industrial Assembly," Chapman & Hall, 1997, Springer Handbook of Automation, Nof (ed.), 2009

Computer Requirements:

ProEd minimum computer requirements. No programming requirement; simple robot programming is learned in several lab lectures.

ProEd Minimum Requirements:


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