Robot Lab (Spring 2007)
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
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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
- be able to identify problems resulting from the interdisciplinary interactions in bio-inspired robots;
- perform system engineering to design, test and build bio-bots;
- be able to apply informatics principles to bio-bot design and testing;
- gain experience using a variety of pedagogically appropriate hardware (i.e. Lego Mindstorms, Roombas, etc) and software tools (see above) for robot design/analysis.
Wiki page for Winter 2007 Roomba Lab: 
Slides from the Drexel Lego Robot Lab, Fall 2001: Media:Drexel-Lego-Robot-Class-PPT-2001.zip