2016 Robot Technology

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Undergraduate major in Mechanical Engineering
Takeda Yukio  Sugahara Yusuke  Tadano Kotaro  Hijikata Wataru  Matsumoto Osamu  Matsumoto Yoshio  Yokoi Kazuhito  Tanikawa Tamio    Nagata Kazuyuki      Kurokawa Haruhisa  Kajita Shuuji    Arisumi Hitoshi 
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Course description and aims

History of technology developments, the current situation of the basic technology for robots in both hardware and software and several applications of these technologies are introduced.
Students can learn about the history of robot technology, basic and advanced technology of hardware and software for robots, and problems with future applications to be solved.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will learn the history and the current situation of robot technology development with several applications.


Robotics, Mechanisms, Machine Elements, Control Engineering, History, Application

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Each class introduces a different topic of robot technology. Submission of written report is required for every class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction to Robot Technology History of robot technology development is introduced.
Class 2 Robot Manipulators, Structures and Components Classification and Features of robot manipulators and their applications are introduced. Structures and components of general robots are also introduced.
Class 3 Robot Hands Classification and features of robot hands and basics of grasping are introduced.
Class 4 Artificial Heart Technology Classification and features of artificial hearts and related technology are introduced..
Class 5 Pneumatic Actuators Classification and features of pneumatic actuators and their applications are introduced.
Class 6 Micro and Nano Robots Methods of design and manufacturing of micro/nano robots are introduced. Their applications are also introduced.
Class 7 Humanoid Robots History, composition, technical trend, applications and problems of humanoid robots are introduced.
Class 8 Robot Middleware Robot middleware as software platforms which realize easy construction of robotic system is introduced.
Class 9 Robot Vision Technical trend of vision sensing and its applications to robot vision are introduced.
Class 10 Distributed Robot System Technical trend and applications of distributed robot system are introduced.
Class 11 ITS Technology Technical trend and problems of ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) are introduced.
Class 12 Service Robots Technical trend, applications and issues of service robots are introduced.
Class 13 Mobility Assist Robots Technical trend, applications and problems of personal mobility with robot technologies are introduced.
Class 14 Medical Robots Technical trend and problems of medical robots such as surgical robots are introduced.
Class 15 Inspection&Investigation Robots Technical trend, practical examples and issues of robots for infrastructure inspection and disaster investigation are introduced.


Original texts are provided.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

References are uploaded in OCW-i.

Assessment criteria and methods

The assessment is based on the quality of written reports and on the status of submission thereof.

Related courses

  • MEC.I211 : Robot Kinematics
  • MEC.I333 : Robot Dynamics and Control
  • SCE.S301 : Robotic System and Control
  • SCE.S351 : Robot and Vehicle Technology

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