Robot Lab (Spring 2007)

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Course Logistics

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.
Class Time: Wednesday 18:00 -> 20:30
Class Location: TBD
Office Hours: TBD
Course Instructors: P. Jay Modi, Ph.D.; William C. Regli, Ph.D.
Instructor Contact: Email regli (at) drexel (DOT) edu (not that this will help keep the spammers away); Phone 215.895.6827; Office: UC 143

Week by Week Breakdown of Lectures

Date Topic Summary Notes Links and References
Sept 26
Sep 28
Oct 3
Oct 5
Oct 10
Oct 12
Oct 17
Oct 19
Oct 24
Oct 26
Oct 31
Nov 2
Nov 7
Nov 9
Nov 14
Nov 16


There is no formal text for this class. Course lectures will be augmented with reading materials, technical papers and web materials.

Interested students may wish to examine the following textbooks:

  • J.J. Craig. Introduction to Robotics: Mechanics and Control. Prentice Hall; 3rd edition, 2003.
  • Kiyoshi Toko. Biomimetic Sensor Technology. Cambridge University Press, 2000.
  • Karl Williams. Amphibionics: Build Your Own Biologically Inspired Reptilian Robot. McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics, 2003.
  • David Cook. Robot Building for Beginners. Apress, 2002.


Students will gain experience with a variety of computational tools, including MATLAB, SolidWorks, Pro/ENGINEER, ACIS, MAPLE, etc. Several research prototype tools may also be introduced for physics-based modeling, kinematics, etc.

Course Objectives and Outcomes

The goal of this class is to build comprehensive engineering models of biologically-inspired robotic systems. Students successfully completing this class will

  1. be able to identify problems resulting from the interdisciplinary interactions in bio-inspired robots;
  2. perform system engineering to design, test and build bio-bots;
  3. be able to apply informatics principles to bio-bot design and testing;
  4. gain experience using a variety of pedagogically appropriate hardware (i.e. Lego Mindstorms, Roombas, etc) and software tools (see above) for robot design/analysis.