The capstone project of the Modern Robotics specialization is on mobile manipulation: simultaneously controlling the motion of a wheeled mobile base and its robot arm to achieve a manipulation task. This project integrates several topics from the specialization, including trajectory planning, odometry for mobile robots, and feedback control. Beginning from the Modern Robotics software library provided to you (written in Python, Mathematica, and MATLAB), and software you have written for previous courses, you will develop software to plan and control the motion of a mobile manipulator to perform a pick and place task. You will test your software on the KUKA youBot, a mobile manipulator consisting of an omnidirectional mecanum-wheel mobile base, a 5-joint robot arm, and a gripper. The state-of-the-art, cross-platform V-REP robot simulator will be used to simulate the task.
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TOP REVIEWS FROM MODERN ROBOTICS, COURSE 6: CAPSTONE PROJECT, MOBILE MANIPULATION
Capstone Project taught me the most. Thank you for the great course. Would you have a advanced robotics course? I would love to take that too.
A really amazing and exhaustive course. Covers everything you need to know about robotics especially from a Mechanical Engineering point of view.
Probably the best specialization I've done so far. I wish there were more programs like this!
It was fascinating implementing what I learnt in the previous five courses into a real-life scenario.
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.
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