#IT-02-36 Begin Robotics
About CourseUniversity of Reading
Explore our introduction to robotics
Robots today are roving Mars, hoovering our floors, building cars and entertaining us in films. You may even share Stephen Hawking’s world view that super-intelligent ones may one day bring about the end of the human race.
But what are the different forms of robots today? And how do they achieve particular tasks? In this introduction to robotics course, you’ll explore these answers and more.
Who will you learn with?
I am Professor of Cybernetics in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Reading. My interests include Education, Computing, Control, Robotics, AI Gaia Theory and Programming.
Who developed the course?
The University of Reading has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and enterprise.
What Will I Learn?
- Describe different forms of robot and applications where they may be used
- Determine the appropriate commands to allow a robot to achieve particular tasks using information from sensors
- Appreciate how aspects of robotics can be applied in many different scenarios
Topics for this course
Welcome to Begin Robotics
Here you will find out what we have in store for you and how you can use the platform to make the most out of your learning experience.
What do you call a gathering of robots? DISCUSSION
Welcome to the course VIDEO (03:44)00:00:00
Robots an introduction and brief history
Let's get started by looking at the definition and history of robotics.
Introduction to robotics VIDEO (05:08)00:00:00
Definitions of robots DISCUSSION
Types of robots ARTICLE
In this section, we'll look at how robots are used and our relationship with them. We'll also introduce some of the robots here at the University of Reading.
Robot–human interactions ARTICLE
Applications of robots ARTICLE
Advantages and disadvantages of robots ARTICLE
On humanoid robots, appearance and the uncanny valley ARTICLE
Meet the robots at Reading: an introduction ARTICLE
Meet the robots at Reading: the history of ERIC VIDEO (03:27)00:00:00
Robot battles ARTICLE
In the first two of a series of simulations throughout the course, you will be able to test drive an ERIC. This lesson you will be able to set the speed of ERIC to determine movement.
Introducing the simulation activities in Begin Robotics VIDEO (04:32)00:00:00
Investigation VIDEO (03:18)00:00:00
Set movement VIDEO (02:09)00:00:00
What you should expect to see in the simulations VIDEO (04:06)00:00:00
Review and reflect
Review and reflect on what you've learnt this lesson.