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Mechanics of Serial & Parallel Robots

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Mexico City, Mexico
Course # SA 10522
Duration Spring Break
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring Break 2018 03/10/18 to 03/18/18

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Program Leader

Name Adrian Buganza Tepole

Program Description

This course is an introduction to the field of mechanics of robots.  It covers the fundamentals of kinematics and dynamics of robot manipulators with serial and parallel architecture.  The course deals with forward and inverse kinematics, the manipulator Jacobian, force relations, statics and fundamental problems in dynamics: inverse dynamics and basic forward dynamics.

Students are expected to have a background in linear algebra, calculus, and basic physics, as well as familiarity with Matlab.  The course is divided in three parts. 

  • The first is devoted to introduce the use of Matlab as well as to introduce the serial and parallel architectures in robotics. 
  • The second part is meant to explain the fundamentals of modeling (use of different sets of coordinates), the most representative problems present at forward and inverse kinematics, and the use of Matlab library of functions to solve them. 
  • The last part of the course is devoted to explain the way to obtain the dynamic equations of motion of a robotic system, the inverse and forward dynamics problems in dependent and in generalized coordinates.  The lectures are supplemented with practice in a computers laboratory and the assignment of a final project, carried out either individually or in groups of 2 or 3 students.


Academic Credit

3 Credits in ME 49700 Mechanics of Serial & Parallel Robots


Open to students who have taken Basic Mechanics:

Statics and Dynamics (ME 270, ME 274)

Linear Algebra, Vector Calculus (MA262 or MA265)

Familiarity with Matlab 

Program Cost

Approximate cost will be $2032.  If you qualify for a $500 Purdue Moves Scholarship, that amount will be $1532. 

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until course is filled. 20 spots available.

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