ME501/RBE501 - Robot Dynamics, Spring Semester 2011


Prof. Fischer will be teaching RBE 501 / ME 501, Robot Dynamics in Spring semester 2011. The course will cover robot kinematics, dynamics, control, and path planning. Although there is no weekly lab, there will be a course project.

News: As of 1/4/11, RBE 501 is now officially cross-listed with Mechanical Engineering as ME 501.

Course Description:
Foundations and principles of robotic manipulation. Topics include computational models of objects and motion, the mechanics of robotic manipulators, the structure of manipulator control systems, planning and programming of robot actions. The focus of this class is on the kinematics and programming of robotic mechanisms. Important topics also include the dynamics, control, sensor and effector design, and automatic planning methods for robots. The fundamental techniques apply to arms, mobile robots, active sensor platforms, and all other computer-controlled kinematic linkages. The primary applications include robotic arms and mobile robots and lab projects would involve programming of representative robots. An end of term team project would allow students to program robots to participate in challenges or competitions. Prerequisite: RBE 500 or equivalent.

Course material will be posted on the course's myWPI webpage, please check frequently for updates.

A preliminary syllabus can be found here: RBE501 S'11 Syllabus .

The primary course textbook is:
Robot Modeling and Control, M. Spong, S. Hutchinson, M. Vidyasagar, Wiley, 2005.

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