Mechatronics and Robotics Education Kit

Teach your students to develop autonomous mechatronics and robotic systems, which have developed rapidly in the last decade. The advent of modern technologies in motors, sensors, autonomous control and machine learning has resulted in a wide range of applications in manufacturing processes, autonomous cars, drones and space applications.

 

Kit specification:

  • A full set of lecture slides, ready for use in a typical 10-12-week undergraduate course (full syllabus below)

  • Lab manuals with solutions. Labs are based on low-cost yet powerful Arm-based hardware boards (donated by partners and subject to availability)
  • Prerequisites: Basics of software programming in C, basic knowledge of circuit design
Course Aim

Course Aim

To produce students who can develop mechatronic and robotic systems that include motors, sensors and autonomous control, from design to manufacture, using low-cost yet powerful Arm-based platforms.

 

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge and understanding of:
    • Arm-based microcontrollers for autonomous control
    • Control of motors and steering
    • Power supply and sensor technology
    • Control theory
  • Intellectual
    • Ability to choose between different implementation methods to control motors, power supply and sensors
    • Ability to evaluate implementation results (e.g. speed, cost, power) and correlate them with a corresponding system
  • Practical
    • Ability to develop mechatronic components, from design to manufacture, using industry standard tools
    • Ability to program Arm-based microcontrollers for robotic applications
    • Ability to demonstrate systems in real-time applications such as line-tracking robots

 

Syllabus

1 Introduction to Mechatronic Systems Design
2 Arm-based Microcontrollers
3 Arm Cortex-M0+ Processor
4 Interrupts and Low Power Features
5 Power Supply for Autonomous Cars
6 DC Motors and Motor Controllers
7 PWM and Servo Control
8 Optical Sensing in Robotics
9 Control Theory
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