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#IT-02-36 Begin Robotics

  • Categories IT
  • Duration 16h
  • Total Enrolled 0
  • Last Update July 26, 2021

About Course

University 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?

Richard Mitchell

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?

University of Reading

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

17 Lessons16h

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.

Robot applications?

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 simulations?

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.

Review and reflect?

Review and reflect on what you've learnt this lesson.

Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • The course is designed for anyone interested in robotics- you don’t need to own your own robot to take part! If you’ve always wanted to learn about robotics, robot design, or the history of robots, this is the course for you.
  • Please be aware that this course contains video clips that include sequences of flickering/flashing lights which might affect learners who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.