Educational Platform for Robotics - Development Board, Robotic Manipulator Arm and Mobile Platform
No one hardware platform provides all of the tools required to teach a robotics engineering curriculum. We are developing a unified platform specifically designed for multidisciplinary undergraduate robotics education. This arm was successfully used to teach the junior level Robotics Engineering course 'Unified Robotics III' aka RBE 3001. A mobile platform made with common hardware and low level software interface was successfully developed for 'Unified Robotics IV' aka RBE 3002.
We have developed a set of instructional equipment including the RBE development board, a manipulator arm and a mobile platform:
Example project from RBE 3001, Unified Robotics III (Manipulation):
Example project from RBE 3002, Unified Robotics IV (Mapping and Navigation):
Padir T, Fischer GS, Chernova S, Gennert MA, A Unified and Integrated Approach to Teaching a Two-Course Sequence in Robotics Engineering, Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics, Vol 23, No 5, pp 748-758, Oct 2011. JRM, PDF
Padir T, Gennert MA, Fischer GS, Michalson WR, Cobb E, Implementation of an Undergraduate Robotics Engineering Curriculum, ASEE Computers in Education Journal - Special issue on Robotics Education, Vol 1, No 3, pp 92-101, ASEE, Sept. 2010.ASEE
Fischer GS, Michalson WR, Padir T, Pollice G, Development of a Laboratory Kit for Robotics Engineering Education, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Symposium, Mar 2010.AAAI, PDF