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Where are the robots
Where are the Robots?

  • Industrial Robots

Where are the robots1
Where are the Robots?

  • Service Robots

Where are the robots4
Where are the Robots?

  • Consumer Robots

Interactions between sub systems
Interactions Between Sub-systems

  • Complex systems consist of multiple sub-systems, each one has the potential of interacting with every other one.

Complexity comes from multidisciplinary systems
Complexity comes from Multidisciplinary Systems

  • Complex systems can be an integration of mechanical, electrical, chemical, and computational sub-systems.

  • Like vacuum cleaners, washers, cars, hard drives, space shuttles, …, and ROBOTS.

Robotics integrated systems design

And The Categories Are…..

Signal Processing









Robots for 1000
Robots for $1000

The answer is ….

Robots are built by these.

And the question is…

What is a cross-functional team?

A multidisciplinary robotics course
A Multidisciplinary Robotics Course

  • Co-taught course:

    • Dr. Engel, Electrical & Computer Engineering

    • Dr. Hu, Mechanical Engineering

    • Dr. Karacal, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering

    • Dr. Weinberg, Computer Science


Robots for 2000
Robots for $2000

The answer is….

This is what a robot is.

The question is ….

What can sense its environment, make a decision, and re-act?

Course objectives
Course Objectives

  • To study the mechanical mechanisms necessary for robot movement and actions.

  • To study the electrical mechanisms of sensor sampling and signal processing.

  • To study the computational mechanisms necessary for sensory perception.

  • To study the computational mechanisms of autonomous robotics.

  • To learn about integrated system design.

  • To provide a hands-on experience to practical robotics.

  • To learn to work in a cross-functional team.


  • Textbook:

    • Robotic Exploration by Fred Martin

    • Additional reading will be assigned.

  • IMPORTANT: Reading is Fundamental

    • Teaching a multi-disciplinary course is challenging

    • Reading assigned material prior to lectures will be crucial to understanding the material presented.

Designing building programming
Designing, Building & Programming

  • Each class member will participate on a cross functional team consisting of 3 or 4 students from different disciplines.

  • Teams will work on a variety of lab assignments that include designing & building mechanisms, circuits, and robots

  • Robot will be built using the Handy Board Microcontroller (

Final project
Final Project

  • Cross-functional Teams will design and build a robot to complete in a Urban Search and Rescue Challenge


Assignments 25%

Quizzes 25%

Final Exam 20%

Final Project 30%

Beta warning product testing
Beta Warning:Product Testing

The development of this course is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Government Oversight: Dr. White

Robotics integrated systems design

  • Thursday

    • Teamwork

    • Form Teams

    • Check-out robot kits

  • But first a pre-course survey

    • Help us evaluate background knowledge

    • Help us match-up team members

    • Does NOT count toward your grade