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Robotics 101

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Robotics 101


Status From 26th Jan 2015
Day Monday
Time 18:00 - 20:00
Description
A series of practical lab sessions where students will work with a robot they have built, from a provided kit. This course is aimed at those who want to understand the fundamentals of programming and electronics and wish to apply these to robotics.
Leaders
Course Leader Yoshimasa Sano, Adam Heywood
Helpers Julius


ICRS Robotics 101 is our most popular course and it is designed for newcomers to robotics. It will be run as a series of practical lab sessions where students will work with a robot they have built, from a provided kit. If you wish to complement your degree and learn new, vital skills then please don't hesitate to sign up. On completion, you will receive a certificate to recognise your time and effort. More importantly, you will have gained new skills in electronics, programming and robotics. This course is aimed at those who want to understand the fundamentals of programming and electronics and wish to apply these to robotics.

Overview

The course will be made up of 6 sessions hosted on Thursday evenings at 6pm. The course is run twice throughout the year, once during the autumn term and once in the spring term. The timetable for the second term course in 2014/2015 follows:


Date Time Topic
Jan 26th 18:00 – 20:00 Introduction
Feb. 2nd 18:00 – 20:00 A Robot's brain
Feb. 9th 18:00 – 20:00 I can feel
Feb. 16th 18:00 – 20:00 Fear of darkness
Feb. 23rd 18:00 – 20:00 Irdly see you
Mar.2nd 18:00 – 20:00 Here to servo

Each session is approximately 2.5 hours long, however students are welcome to stay for as long as they like or until security throws them out of the building. Each session is a practical lab session where the students are given a task to complete. Each student has access to their own personal robotics kit but is encouraged to collaborate with other students. A short briefing will be provided at the beginning of each session but the emphasis during these sessions is on practical experience. All resources required will be provided online and students are strongly encouraged to look through these before attending the robotics session.

Due to a limited number of computers and there inability to install drivers, students are highly recommended to bring their own laptops to program their robots on.

Note: you will have to be an ICRS member to register for the course. To buy membership, click here.

Applying for the course

  • The course will open for enrolment next year before the course stars.
  • Only ICRS members will be eligible for course enrolment (ICRS membership details can be found here)
  • The course costs £20.
  • Places are offered on a first-come first-serve basis, up to a maximum of 20 students.
  • The course will be run twice through the year so do not be afraid if you fail to secure a place the first time.
  • Payment for everything is done via the union website

Objectives

  • Bridge the technical gap for beginners to the exciting world of robotics
  • Gain practical experience in electronics, programming and robotics though fun, useful and interesting activitiesRobotics 101 Instructors
  • Think creatively about solutions to problems and tasks
  • Expand awareness of robotics and the field's growing importance

Syllabus

The robotics course is run for 7 weeks and it is strongly recommended that students look through the online resources before attending the practical sessions. A list of the lessons is shown below, with each page containing the relevant material for that session.

Tips : you can use the Course Lesson Navigation Pane at the bottom of this page to quickly navigate between the lessons

Instructors

The following is a list of instructors involved in the robotics course. Please feel free to contact them if you have any questions.

Instructor Email
Yoshimasa Sano yoshimasa.sano13@imperial.ac.uk

Old syllabus

Risk Assessment: File:101RiskAssessment2013.doc