Robotics Essentials

Designing and building robotic systems.

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Course Dates

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December 9, 2021

Course Duration

DURATION

10 weeks, online
4–6 hours per week

Course Duration

PROGRAM FEE

US$2,600 US$2,470 or get US$260 off with a referral

Course Information Flexible payment available

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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

2nd

The ranking of robotics engineer in the top-15 emerging jobs in the US

SOURCE: LINKEDIN'S 2020 JOBS REPORT

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

Program Highlights

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A certificate from MIT xPRO to recognize your skills and success

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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

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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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

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