CE215-5-PT-CA:
Robotics

The details
2023/24
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus & Apprenticeship Location
Spring Special
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 28 June 2024
15
16 June 2022

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

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Module description

This module introduces the essential principles of robotics and provides practical experience in their programming. Students will understand the importance of sensory inputs, fundamentals of control, localisation & navigation, and program a robot to perform a range of tasks.

This module will be using Python or C++ programming so ideally students should have prior experience in this area (though this is not essential).

Module aims

The aims of this module are to introduce the essential principles of robotics, and to provide practical experience in programming mobile robots for their potential applications in the real world.

Module learning outcomes

After completing this module, students will be expected to be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the objectives and difficulties of robot programming.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of processing sensory inputs.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental principles of control.
4. Program robots to perform a range of tasks.
5. Explain robot localisation and navigation.

Module information

Outline Syllabus

Introduction to robotics:
A brief history of robotics
Introduction to Robotic Operating System (ROS)

Robot perception:
Optical encoders
Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs)
Sonar sensors
Laser scanners
Cameras

Motion control:
Velocity control of motors
Wheeled mobile robot locomotion
Fundamental principles of control

Localisation and mapping:
Dead-reckoning
Trilateration
Probabilistic localisation
Map building

Path planning:
Dijkstra algorithm
Bug-like algorithm
A* algorithm

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures and Labs

Bibliography

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
40% 60%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
40% 60%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Dongbing Gu, email: dgu@essex.ac.uk.
Professor Dongbing Gu
School Office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770(non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770

 

Availability
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External examiner

Dr Shadan Khan Khattak
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Senior Lecturer
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 36 hours, 12 (33.3%) hours available to students:
24 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.

 

Further information

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