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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Sunway Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)C Chen (Clayton); S Parasuraman (Sunway)


The unit will cover fundamentals of robotics and robotic automation. The contents include: Spatial descriptions and transformations, manipulator forward and inverse kinematics, differential relationships and the Jacobian. Manipulator dynamics. Problem specification and solution preparation. Manipulator and end-effector configuration and design. Manipulator position control, involving sensing and actuation. Robotics in manufacturing and automation. Task Planning and techniques for modelling, simulation and programming of robotic tasks. Computational geometry for design and manufacture. Introduction to autonomous systems.


Students are expected to gain the ability to appreciate, design and analyse robotic mechanisms. This will involve consideration of manipulator kinematics and dynamics. They will gain familiarity with techniques for modeling, simulation and programming of robotic tasks. The students will become familiar with applications of autonomous robotic systems including advanced forms of robot sensing.


Examination (3 hours): 70%
Laboratory work and written assignments: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Arthur Lowery

Contact hours

2.5 hours lectures, 2.5 hours laboratories/tutorials and 7 hours of private study per week