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Approx. 21 hours to complete

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Approx. 21 hours to complete

Suggested: This course requires 4 weeks of study of approximately 3-5 hours/week....

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Introduction to Modern Robotics

Introduction to the specialization, the Modern Robotics code library, the V-REP robot simulator, and the lightboard video-generation tool.

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2 videos (Total 2 min), 4 readings
2 videos
Introduction to the Lightboard1m
4 readings
Welcome to the Specialization!10m
Modern Robotics (MR) Code Library and Your Programming Language10m
V-REP Robot Simulator2h
(Optional) Chapter 140m
2 hours to complete

Chapter 2: Configuration Space (Part 1 of 2)

Configuration space and degrees of freedom of rigid bodies and robots.

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3 videos (Total 13 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
3 videos
Degrees of Freedom of a Rigid Body (Chapter 2 through 2.1)5m
Degrees of Freedom of a Robot (Chapter 2.2)5m
2 readings
Welcome to Course 1, Foundations of Robot Motion10m
Chapter 2 through 2.240m
3 practice exercises
Lecture Comprehension, Degrees of Freedom of a Rigid Body (Chapter 2 through 2.1)10m
Lecture Comprehension, Degrees of Freedom of a Robot (Chapter 2.2)6m
Chapter 2 through 2.2, Configuration Space50m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Chapter 2: Configuration Space (Part 2 of 2)

Configuration space topology and representation; configuration and velocity constraints; task space and workspace.

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4 videos (Total 14 min), 1 reading, 5 quizzes
4 videos
Configuration Space Representation (Chapter 2.3.2)3m
Configuration and Velocity Constraints (Chapter 2.4)4m
Task Space and Workspace (Chapter 2.5)1m
1 reading
Chapters 2.3-2.51h
5 practice exercises
Lecture Comprehension, Configuration Space Topology (Chapter 2.3.1)4m
Lecture Comprehension, Configuration Space Representation (Chapter 2.3.2)4m
Lecture Comprehension, Configuration and Velocity Constraints (Chapter 2.4)8m
Lecture Comprehension, Task Space and Workspace (Chapter 2.5)4m
Chapter 2.3 through 2.5, Configuration Space50m
Week
3
4 hours to complete

Chapter 3: Rigid-Body Motions (Part 1 of 2)

Rigid-body motions, rotation matrices, angular velocities, and exponential coordinates of rotation.

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6 videos (Total 18 min), 1 reading, 7 quizzes
6 videos
Rotation Matrices (Chapter 3.2.1, Part 1 of 2)2m
Rotation Matrices (Chapter 3.2.1, Part 2 of 2)4m
Angular Velocities (Chapter 3.2.2)3m
Exponential Coordinates of Rotation (Chapter 3.2.3, Part 1 of 2)2m
Exponential Coordinates of Rotation (Chapter 3.2.3, Part 2 of 2)3m
1 reading
Chapter 3 through 3.21h
7 practice exercises
Lecture Comprehension, Introduction to Rigid-Body Motions (Chapter 3 through 3.1)8m
Lecture Comprehension, Rotation Matrices (Chapter 3.2.1, Part 1 of 2)8m
Lecture Comprehension, Rotation Matrices (Chapter 3.2.1, Part 2 of 2)6m
Lecture Comprehension, Angular Velocities (Chapter 3.2.2)12m
Lecture Comprehension, Exponential Coordinates of Rotation (Chapter 3.2.3, Part 1 of 2)6m
Lecture Comprehension, Exponential Coordinates of Rotation (Chapter 3.2.3, Part 2 of 2)6m
Chapter 3 through 3.2, Rigid-Body Motions2h
Week
4
5 hours to complete

Chapter 3: Rigid-Body Motions (Part 2 of 2)

Homogeneous transformation matrices, twists, screws, exponential coordinates of rigid-body motion, and wrenches.

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5 videos (Total 22 min), 1 reading, 7 quizzes
5 videos
Twists (Chapter 3.3.2, Part 1 of 2)4m
Twists (Chapter 3.3.2, Part 2 of 2)2m
Exponential Coordinates of Rigid-Body Motion (Chapter 3.3.3)4m
Wrenches (Chapter 3.4)3m
1 reading
Chapters 3.3 and 3.41h
6 practice exercises
Lecture Comprehension, Homogeneous Transformation Matrices (Chapter 3 through 3.3.1)8m
Lecture Comprehension, Twists (Chapter 3.3.2, Part 1 of 2)6m
Lecture Comprehension, Twists (Chapter 3.3.2, Part 2 of 2)4m
Lecture Comprehension, Exponential Coordinates of Rigid-Body Motion (Chapter 3.3.3)12m
Lecture Comprehension, Wrenches (Chapter 3.4)4m
Chapters 3.3 and 3.4, Rigid-Body Motions2h
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Top reviews from Modern Robotics, Course 1: Foundations of Robot Motion

By ACJan 3rd 2019

This is the place to start your journey into robotics. But stick to the entire 6 courses. This course is about laying out the basics so don't expect making robots straightaway. All the best!

By AEAug 20th 2018

An excellent introduction to Screw theory and to Parallel manipulators in general for any one who wants to start developing or working on closed chain robots.

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Kevin Lynch

Professor
Mechanical Engineering

About Northwestern University

Northwestern University is a private research and teaching university with campuses in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois, and Doha, Qatar. Northwestern combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment that transcends traditional academic boundaries. ...

About the Modern Robotics: Mechanics, Planning, and Control Specialization

This Specialization provides a rigorous treatment of spatial motion and the dynamics of rigid bodies, employing representations from modern screw theory and the product of exponentials formula. Students with a freshman-level engineering background will quickly learn to apply these tools to analysis, planning, and control of robot motion. Students' understanding of the mathematics of robotics will be solidified by writing robotics software. Students will test their software on a free state-of-the-art cross-platform robot simulator, allowing each student to have an authentic robot programming experience with industrial robot manipulators and mobile robots without purchasing expensive robot hardware. It is highly recommended that Courses 1-6 of the Specialization are taken in order, since the material builds on itself....
Modern Robotics:  Mechanics, Planning, and Control

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