BI2RS16-Robotic Systems

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites: SE1PR11 Programming and SE1FA15 Fundamentals and Applications of Computing
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Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Gerard McKee


Summary module description:

The aim of this module is to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to robotics. Students will gain knowledge of a wide range of robot systems and architectures.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students will be able to describe, compare and contrast a wide range of robot systems and their applications, as well as describe, compare and contrast a wide range of robot architecture including deliberative, reactive and hybrid architecture.

Additional outcomes:
Students will gain a broad appreciation of the field of robotics, the key research and development challenges for robotics, and the key research institutions and centres involved in robotics research, including funding agencies.

Outline content:
An introduction to robot architectures including its history
Single agent robot architectures including deliberative, behaviour-based and hybrid
Multi-agent architectures including multi-robot systems, swarm robot systems, distributed robot systems and field robot systems
Space robotics systems including robotic work crews and mars exploration rovers
Modular, networked and telerobotics systems
Humanoid robot systems and biologically inspired robot systems
Human-robot interaction and co-operation, Robot-robot co-operative systems
Students will be introduced in all cases to practical systems and applications

Suggested Reading:
George A Bekey, Autonomous Robots, from biological inspiration to implementation and control, MIT Press, 2005

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures, in-class design exercises, coursework assignments

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 15
Practicals classes and workshops 5
Guided independent study 80
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Set exercise 30

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Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    One 90-mins examination paper in May/June.

    Requirements for a pass:

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Examination only.
    One 90-mins examination paper in August/September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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