Robotics Essentials

Designing and building robotic systems.

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Program Starts:
September 15, 2022

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Course Dates

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September 15, 2022

Course Duration

DURATION

10 weeks, online
8–10 hours per week

Course Fee

PROGRAM FEE

US$2,600 US$2,392 or get US$260 off with a referral

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Key Takeaways

  • Learn key concepts of robotic systems and human-robot interaction (HRI)
  • Determine how robotic automation is suitable for specific work tasks
  • Identify basic robotic subsystems and recognize how these subsystems work together to influence the function of greater robotic systems
  • Evaluate how automated technologies can be implemented and determine what barriers exist to prevent such implementation
  • Explore robotic systems and architecture
  • Identify the basics of sensing and control in robotic applications
  • Solve queries and strengthen your knowledge through live AMA sessions with faculty

Program Highlights

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Earn a certificate and 4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from MIT xPRO

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Career-ready skills to position you in a growing market

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Workbook to help you apply your learnings

Live faculty sessions

Technical workshops

Program Topics

Week 1:

Orientation Week

You will gain access to the learning platform from the program start date, and have the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the classroom environment and prepare for the program ahead.

Week 2:

Why automation and robotics?

Learn the fundamentals of robotic and automation systems to evaluate opportunities and barriers for adoption and implementation.

Week 3:

Design and development of robotics

Identify robot subsystems and various architecture paradigms and articulate the roles that sensing, planning, and control play when considering a full robotic system.

Week 4:

Sensing and perception

Delve into the important roles that sensors play in robotic architecture to understand how robots accomplish tasks.

Week 5:

Robot decision-making

Explore robot task planning and how to use planning models and decision processes as tools to program robot decision-making actions.

Week 6:

Motion planning and trajectory generation

Examine motion planning and its applications – manipulation planning and navigation planning – to understand how it can be successfully integrated into various robotic systems.

Week 7:

Establishing control

Learn the basics of function and movement of various parts of a robot system, including several fundamental techniques and characteristics that impact movement performance.

Week 8:

Concurrency and real-time systems

Discuss and evaluate how to manage challenges of robot concurrency, the tendency for things to happen at the same time in a robotic system, and how to use real-time scheduling and real-time requirements to order and sequence robot tasks within a constraint time frame.

Week 9:

Human-robot interaction

Complete a thorough examination of human-robot interaction (HRI), including why it is needed, the challenges it presents in real-world deployments, and the connection between robot decision-making and robotic development.

Week 10:

Present and future of robotics

Highlight approaches and automation characteristics that might benefit certain robotic systems and come full circle to the role of robots in society as you look towards the future.

Week 1:

Orientation Week

You will gain access to the learning platform from the program start date, and have the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the classroom environment and prepare for the program ahead.

Week 6:

Motion planning and trajectory generation

Examine motion planning and its applications – manipulation planning and navigation planning – to understand how it can be successfully integrated into various robotic systems.

Week 2:

Why automation and robotics?

Learn the fundamentals of robotic and automation systems to evaluate opportunities and barriers for adoption and implementation.

Week 7:

Establishing control

Learn the basics of function and movement of various parts of a robot system, including several fundamental techniques and characteristics that impact movement performance.

Week 3:

Design and development of robotics

Identify robot subsystems and various architecture paradigms and articulate the roles that sensing, planning, and control play when considering a full robotic system.

Week 8:

Concurrency and real-time systems

Discuss and evaluate how to manage challenges of robot concurrency, the tendency for things to happen at the same time in a robotic system, and how to use real-time scheduling and real-time requirements to order and sequence robot tasks within a constraint time frame.

Week 4:

Sensing and perception

Delve into the important roles that sensors play in robotic architecture to understand how robots accomplish tasks.

Week 9:

Human-robot interaction

Complete a thorough examination of human-robot interaction (HRI), including why it is needed, the challenges it presents in real-world deployments, and the connection between robot decision-making and robotic development.

Week 5:

Robot decision-making

Explore robot task planning and how to use planning models and decision processes as tools to program robot decision-making actions.

Week 10:

Present and future of robotics

Highlight approaches and automation characteristics that might benefit certain robotic systems and come full circle to the role of robots in society as you look towards the future.

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Who Is This Program For?

The Robotics Essentials online program provides learners with knowledge and resources to identify basic robotic subsystems, evaluate human-robot interactions, and analyze challenges to the implementation of robotic systems. This program is an ideal launchpad for those who want to chart a path forward in full stack robotics, including:

Engineers looking to gain an end-to-end understanding of robotics and automation to expand their career opportunities.

Representative roles include:

  • Control Engineers
  • Software Engineers
  • Automation Engineers
  • Design Engineers

Product Managers who want to learn the fundamentals of robotics to inform their product development decisions and offer more integrated solutions. Representative roles include:

Representative roles include:

  • Product Managers
  • Product R&D Managers
  • Innovation Managers
  • Innovation Heads
  • Growth Product Managers

Consultants looking to understand the range of robotic applications and stay up to date on cutting-edge robotic systems and subsystems. Representative roles include:

Representative roles include:

  • Principal Consultants
  • Robotics Consultants
  • Robotics and Automation Consultants

Professionals in robotics and related industries, including operations, technology, and business executives who need to understand how robotic applications can give their firm a competitive edge.

Representative roles include:

  • Technology Managers
  • Operations Managers
  • Directors of Technology
  • CTOs
  • Vice Presidents
  • Founders
  • Co-Founders

Explore the Foundations of Robotic Systems

Converging technologies and global competition are driving the explosive growth of robotics development across a variety of industries. Companies today need talent with the right combination of technical and business skills to harness the massive power of automation and integrated robotics solutions.

Where can you get a richer understanding of robotics technology and its business applications to expand your career opportunities? MIT xPRO’s online learning programs, which leverage vetted content from world-renowned experts to make learning accessible anytime, anywhere.

USD 74 Billion

The value of the global robotics market by the year 2026, growing at CAGR of 20.4% over the forecast period (2021-2026)

Source: Mordor Intelligence

7%

Projected job growth for mechanical engineers through 2030, a category that includes robotics engineers

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Program Faculty

Faculty Member Julie Shah

Julie Shah

Professor at MIT in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, leads Interactive Robotics Group in the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

Julie Shah is Associate Dean of Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing at MIT, a professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Director of the Interactive Robotics Group, which aims to imagine the future of work by designing collaborative robot teammates that enhance human capability... More info

Faculty Member Alberto Rodriguez

Alberto Rodriguez

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, Class of 1957 Career Development Professor

Alberto Rodriguez is the Class of 1957 Associate Professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT. Alberto graduated in mathematics ('05) and telecommunication engineering ('06) from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, and earned his PhD (’13) from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University... More info

Certificate

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Certificate

Get recognized! Upon successful completion of this program, MIT xPRO grants a certificate of completion to participants and 4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). This program is graded as a pass or fail; participants must receive 75% to pass and obtain the certificate of completion.

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FAQs

  • How do I know if this program is right for me?

    After reviewing the information on the program landing page, we recommend you submit the short form above to gain access to the program brochure, which includes more in-depth information. If you still have questions on whether this program is a good fit for you, please email learner.success@emeritus.org, and a dedicated program advisor will follow-up with you very shortly.


    Are there any prerequisites for this program?

    Some programs do have prerequisites, particularly the more technical ones. This information will be noted on the program landing page, as well as in the program brochure. If you are uncertain about program prerequisites and your capabilities, please email us at learner.success@emeritus.org for assistance.


    Note that, unless otherwise stated on the program web page, all programs are taught in English and proficiency in English is required.


    What is the typical class profile?

    More than 50 percent of our participants are from outside the United States. Class profiles vary from one cohort to the next, but, generally, our online certificates draw a highly diverse audience in terms of professional experience, industry, and geography — leading to a very rich peer learning and networking experience.


    What other dates will this program be offered in the future?

    Check back to this program web page or email us at learner.success@emeritus.org to inquire if future program dates or the timeline for future offerings have been confirmed yet.

  • How much time is required each week?

    Each program includes an estimated learner effort per week. This is referenced at the top of the program landing page under the Duration section, as well as in the program brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page.



    How will my time be spent?

    We have designed this program to fit into your current working life as efficiently as possible. Time will be spent among a variety of activities including:



    • Engaging with recorded video lectures from faculty
    • Attending webinars and office hours, as per the specific program schedule
    • Reading or engaging with examples of core topics
    • Completing knowledge checks/quizzes and required activities
    • Engaging in moderated discussion groups with your peers
    • Completing your final project, if required

    The program is designed to be highly interactive while also allowing time for self-reflection and to demonstrate an understanding of the core topics through various active learning exercises. Please contact us at learner.success@emeritus.org if you need further clarification on program activities.



    What is it like to learn online with the learning collaborator, Emeritus?

    More than 250,000 professionals globally, across 80 countries, have chosen to advance their skills with Emeritus and its educational learning partners. In fact, 90 percent of the respondents of a recent survey across all our programs said that their learning outcomes were met or exceeded.

    A dedicated program support team is available 24/5 (Monday to Friday) to answer questions about the learning platform, technical issues, or anything else that may affect your learning experience.


    How do I interact with other program participants?

    Peer learning adds substantially to the overall learning experience and is an important part of the program. You can connect and communicate with other participants through our learning platform.

  • What are the requirements to earn the certificate?

    Each program includes an estimated learner effort per week, so you can gauge what will be required before you enroll. This is referenced at the top of the program landing page under the Duration section, as well as in the program brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page. All programs are designed to fit into your working life.

    This program is scored as a pass or no-pass ; participants must complete the required activities to pass and obtain the certificate of completion. Some programs include a final project submission or other assignments to obtain passing status. This information will be noted in the program brochure. Please contact us at learner.success@emeritus.org if you need further clarification on any specific program requirements.


    What type of certificate will I receive?

    Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a smart digital certificate. The smart digital certificate can be shared with friends, family, schools, or potential employers. You can use it on your cover letter, resume, and/or display it on your LinkedIn profile. The digital certificate will be sent approximately two weeks after the program, once grading is complete.


    Can I get the hard copy of the certificate?

    No, only verified digital certificates will be issued upon successful completion. This allows you to share your credentials on social platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.


    Do I receive alumni status after completing this program?

    No, there is no alumni status granted for this program. In some cases, there are credits that count toward a higher level of certification. This information will be clearly noted in the program brochure.


    How long will I have access to the learning materials?

    You will have access to the online learning platform and all the videos and program materials for 12 months following the program start date. Access to the learning platform is restricted to registered participants per the terms of agreement.

  • What equipment or technical requirements are there for this program?

    Participants will need the latest version of their preferred browser to access the learning platform. In addition, Microsoft Office and a PDF viewer are required to access documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDF files, and transcripts.


    Do I need to be online to access the program content?

    Yes, the learning platform is accessed via the internet, and video content is not available for download. However, you can download files of video transcripts, assignment templates, readings, etc. For maximum flexibility, you can access program content from a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device.

    Video lectures must be streamed via the internet, and any livestream webinars and office hours will require an internet connection. However, these sessions are always recorded, so you may view them later.

  • Can I still register if the registration deadline has passed?

    Yes, you can register up until seven days past the published start date of the program without missing any of the core program material or learnings.


    What is the program fee, and what forms of payment do you accept?

    The program fee is noted at the top of this program web page and usually referenced in the program brochure as well.

    • Flexible payment options are available (see details below as well as at the top of this program web page next to FEE).
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    What if I don’t have a credit card? Is there another method of payment accepted?

    Yes, you can do the bank remittance in the program currency via wire transfer or debit card. Please contact your program advisor, or email us at learner.success@emeritus.org for details.


    I was not able to use the discount code provided. Can you help?

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    Is there an option to make flexible payments for this program?

    Yes, the flexible payment option allows a participant to pay the program fee in installments. This option is made available on the payment page and should be selected before submitting the payment.


    How can I obtain a W9 form?

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  • What is the policy on refunds and withdrawals?

    You may request a full refund within seven days of your payment or 14 days after the published start date of the program, whichever comes later. If your enrollment had previously been deferred, you will not be entitled to a refund. Partial (or pro-rated) refunds are not offered. All withdrawal and refund requests should be sent to admissions@emeritus.org.



    What is the policy on deferrals?

    After the published start date of the program, you have until the midpoint of the program to request to defer to a future cohort of the same program. A deferral request must be submitted along with a specified reason and explanation. Cohort changes may be made only once per enrollment and are subject to availability of other cohorts scheduled at our discretion. This will not be applicable for deferrals within the refund period, and the limit of one deferral per enrollment remains. All deferral requests should be sent to admissions@emeritus.org.

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