Modern Robotics
Mechanics, Planning, and Control

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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.

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r/robotics • comment
4 points • glassgeek12

Option 1: This will cover almost everything you need to know: https://www.coursera.org/specializations/modernrobotics

Option 2: If you don't know anything at all start with Peter Corke's book or videos. Then go for Stanford's CS223A. Then compare your the missing topics from option 1 and learn them separately.

One you feel confident with all these go with Russ Tedrake's underactuated robotics. You will surprise yourself and will have fun of your life.

Never rely on one source for learning anything.

r/robotics • post
2 points • Chimnonvuive
[Q] Robotic projects for a sophomore

Hello engineers of Reddit, I'm a sophomore major in mechatronics. Recently I took a Specialization in Modern Robotics from Coursera (an online learning platform) and have just finished the first course. What I learned from the course was amazing, so I want to dive deeper into robotics with tons of projects. My question is how did you start your first project and which projects should I take to understand the fundamentals of robotics?

r/EngineeringStudents • post
3 points • AlarmingQuote
Looking for advice: Bachelor in Mechanical Engineer looking to do a Master's in Robotics: which of these Coursera specializations would you recommend beforehand?

[self crosspost from r/AskEngineers]

Long story short, I'd like to steer my ME career towards Robotics, Automation, and the sort by doing a Master's. Before I do that though, I'd like to take some extra courses to:

a) Get a taste of what studying Robotics is like,

b) Brush up on relevant knowledge, like body motion dynamics and Linear/Non-Linear Control, and

c) Make my CV stand out, if only a little more

I've reduced my choices to two Coursera specializations:

Robotics - University of Pennsylvania

Modern Robotics - Northwestern University

Considering the topics they touch, which of these two do you think would be more relevant for my situation?

r/robotics • comment
1 points • voyager_journal

I think all courses on coursera are free to audit (no graded homework or feedback and no certificate).

Here's an example of a class you might be interested in: https://www.coursera.org/specializations/embedding-sensors-motors

Khan academy also has a lot of basic videos on circuits that you should definitely understand.

This one is more advanced but also looks good https://www.coursera.org/specializations/modernrobotics

r/robotics • comment
1 points • pakodanomics

OP here. Would the textbook + course https://www.coursera.org/specializations/modernrobotics cover what we need? The textbook prerequisites seem to match what we know and while it says six months at 5 hours per week, we can easily double the hours per week as we would be doing this in our summer vacations.

r/robotics • comment
1 points • mavekicr

Suggestions on Online Robotics Courses :

I'm a recent grad from India with Mech engg as major; currently working in a automotive company and changing my domain to robotics. I am currently applying to Masters programs and considering I still have \~6-7 months, I decided to do some online robotics course to strengthen my core understanding in various concepts.

I was decently exposed to robotics during my undergrad study. I'm accustomed with arduino and various sensors, some R-pi. Built quadcopters, RC cars and a few obstacle avoidance bots & the like. Honors in AM(which i think is relevant). I always used to build bots with my friend, who took care of the electronic aspect of the bot with me on the mech aspect. But I have no idea on Planning, control or ML/AI. I only know Python at a beginner level.

So, I was looking at courses which will help build an understanding so that I'm not a total stranger to these concepts during my grad studies. I noticed that FAQ page mentions a Robotics course by PennX in edX, but that is currently unavailable. I shortlisted two courses from coursera, one by UPenn and other by Northwestern Univ. But am unable to decide between the two. Which one would you suggest for me? Also, could you please suggest any other courses that you know of.

I tried to post, but was removed by automod. I hope this belongs here?

r/robotics • comment
2 points • zKiller_Peanutz

For starters, I'd prefer working on a linux system. Maybe try learning how to install and use a Linux operating system: - https://ubuntu.com/

This might be a bit too difficult for high school, but: - https://www.coursera.org/specializations/modernrobotics (perhaps gloss over the lessons and look at the cool stuff you'll be getting into... it may look daunting, but it's really fun stuff once you understand it)

Learning to code is a good start. Python is a pretty easy language and can be used for creating raspberry pi projects, interfacing sensors to an embedded system, controlling motors, etc - https://www.python.org/downloads/ - https://docs.python.org/3/tutorial/index.html

Another thing to look into is ROS (robotic operating system): - https://www.ros.org/ - http://wiki.ros.org/ (the beginning tutorials, like turtlesim is a fun way to visualize how the system works)

Also, take a look at the First Robotics program. Great way to get some first-hand experience

r/robotics • comment
1 points • ro_b_ot

I did my Ph.D. very recently in robotics, and these are my thoughts.

ROS/Gazebo/etc is always very helpful to learn, but if you're going for fundamentals of robotics there are two textbooks that would be great to go through.

This one by Lynch:

https://www.amazon.com/Modern-Robotics-Mechanics-Planning-Control/dp/1107156300

This one by Sciliano:

https://www.amazon.com/Robotics-Modelling-Planning-Textbooks-Processing/dp/1846286417

Both of these books take a similar approach with different notations that would really cover all the basics and then some. Practice problems are included in the Lynch book. There is also a course linked with the Lynch book that also has a Coursera course, and is taught at Northwestern that's helpful for additional explanations:

https://www.coursera.org/specializations/modernrobotics

The Sciliano book, goes through basic kinematics, statics, dynamics, and basic robot control principles and designs, some basic motion planning, and mobile robotics.

This is good stuff, aka the stuff they teach in graduate school right now across the globe.