This upper-level/graduate elective course provides an integrated introduction to the design of computer-controlled electromechanical systems, with topics including: mechanical design and prototyping, analog and digital circuitry, sensing and measurement, actuation methods, microcontroller programming, and system integration. Check out this article in the September 2010 issue of the IEEE Robotics and Automation magazine: The Robockey Cup.


Date Topics / Lecture Slides Assignment Due Lab Due Corresponding Book Sections
Wed, 8/31 9.1-9.9, 9.13-9.14
Fri, 9/2 Recitation (Towne 100): Electronics 101 Q&A A0: Incoming Survey
Mon, 9/5 Labor Day
Wed, 9/7 L1a: RC Filters 10.2-10.3, 13.5.1.2, 29.5.2-29.5.4, 30.1-30.3
Fri, 9/9 Recitation (Towne 205): SolidWorks
Mon, 9/12 L1b: Optoelectronics 10.4-10.5, 22.1-22.9, 23.1-23.3, 17.1, 17.4-17.6
Wed, 9/14 A1: Passive Circuits L1c: Mechanical Design 13.4.1-13.4.2, 11.5, 18.1, 16.1-16.8.2, 17.2
Fri, 9/16 Recitation: Stalker Demos L1d: Stalker Demo
Mon, 9/19 31.1-31.5
Wed, 9/21 A2: Motors & Memory L2a: Preliminary Design 18.7, 11.1-11.4
Fri, 9/23 Recitation: Circuits Q&A L2b: Build-Ready
Mon, 9/26 2.1-2.10, 3.1-3.11
Wed, 9/28 A3: Op Amp Magic L2c: Labyrinth Demo 8.2-8.5
Fri, 9/30 Recitation: Programming in C
Mon, 10/3 L3a1: First m2 code 8.6, 19.2, 19.5
Wed, 10/5 NO LECTURE A4: Something Different L3a2: Second m2 code 8.7
Fri, 10/7 NO RECITATION: FALL BREAK
Mon, 10/10 L3b: Stroboscope
Wed, 10/12 L4a: Driver Design
Fri, 10/14
Mon, 10/17
Wed, 10/19 L4d: Orchestra
Fri, 10/21 L5: Acrobot Teams
Mon, 10/24
Wed, 10/26 Orchestra Encore
Fri, 10/28
Mon, 10/31
Wed, 11/2 ROBOCKEY introduction L5: Acrobot
Fri, 11/4 Team Selection (THU)
Mon, 11/7 NO LECTURE
Wed, 11/9 Motor Order
Fri, 11/11 A5: Localize Me!
Mon, 11/14 NO LECTURE
Wed, 11/16
Fri, 11/18
Mon, 11/21
Wed, 11/23 NO LECTURE
Fri, 11/25 Thanksgiving Break
Mon, 11/28
Wed, 11/30
Fri, 12/2
Mon, 12/5
Wed, 12/7
Fri, 12/9 Final Competition

(note: all items are due at 3:00 p.m. unless otherwise specified)



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