Robotics: Fundamentals

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How do you create robots that operate well in the real world? Learn the key math concepts and tools used to design robots that excel in navigating our complex, unstructured world in environments such as aerospace, automotive, manufacturing and healthcare.

In this course, part of the Robotics MicroMasters program, you will learn how to apply concepts from linear algebra, geometry and group theory and the tools to configure and control the motion of manipulators and mobile robots.

You will also learn how to use MATLAB, the standard robotics programming environment and learn step by step how to use this mathematical tool to write functions, calculate vectors and produce visualizations. You will get hands on experience applying your knowledge to projects using various simulations in MATLAB.

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Fedor Bublikov

2/10 starsDropped
1 year, 7 months ago
Absolutely terrible. So, based on the simple (as it seems) prerequisites you hoped to jump into this one and learn some basics behind the advanced topic of robotics? Tough luck, buddy. I've managed to complete a first few weeks and the problems popped up as mushrooms after the warm summer rain right at the beginning. "Lectures" consist of a few short (5-10 minutes) video segments consisting mainly of animated slides dealing with seemingly elementary subject, where practical examples and detailed theory are probably left to the "course" follower to investigate on his own. Then there's the homework assignments which are mainly broken due to the following reasons: 1) Concepts are tested before they formally introduced (possibly, some of it were fixed later on), 2) Even if the question is testing previously introduced concept, difficulty is way beyond anything presented in the short video segments 3) Prerequisites are just false. Strong ... Absolutely terrible. So, based on the simple (as it seems) prerequisites you hoped to jump into this one and learn some basics behind the advanced topic of robotics? Tough luck, buddy. I've managed to complete a first few weeks and the problems popped up as mushrooms after the warm summer rain right at the beginning. "Lectures" consist of a few short (5-10 minutes) video segments consisting mainly of animated slides dealing with seemingly elementary subject, where practical examples and detailed theory are probably left to the "course" follower to investigate on his own. Then there's the homework assignments which are mainly broken due to the following reasons: 1) Concepts are tested before they formally introduced (possibly, some of it were fixed later on), 2) Even if the question is testing previously introduced concept, difficulty is way beyond anything presented in the short video segments 3) Prerequisites are just false. Strong background in Linear Algebra/Analytic Geometry is assumed, but never mentioned in the course description. What makes it even more sad, there's a drops of pure brilliance here and there dissipated in the short lectures and even homework assignments. I was so excited to start this one. If all the instruction materials that you can offer to the attendees are difficult homework assignments without any sensible instruction don't call it "course".
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Rajvir Dhakad

10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 4 months ago
Before writing a review I would like to establish some of my credentials. I have a major in mechanical engineering with an informal introduction to embedded electronics and robotics.I did my graduation from I.I.T Kharagpur, one of the most prestigious engineering college in India. I got in top 99.3 percentile in the admission test called JEE (out of 500,000 students who gave the test). Now, writing my review for the course. I have been looking for some good course on robotics and I have taken few courses on few online platforms including edx but I don't feel the material to be of good quality that challenges. I had many teachers who use to use the same strategy of teaching that is teaching less and giving problems that involve topics beyond what has been covered. It gives you this push to learn and explore the topic. I feel like it helps developing intuition about the topic. I was really sad to read a few comments that said the t... Before writing a review I would like to establish some of my credentials. I have a major in mechanical engineering with an informal introduction to embedded electronics and robotics.I did my graduation from I.I.T Kharagpur, one of the most prestigious engineering college in India. I got in top 99.3 percentile in the admission test called JEE (out of 500,000 students who gave the test). Now, writing my review for the course. I have been looking for some good course on robotics and I have taken few courses on few online platforms including edx but I don't feel the material to be of good quality that challenges. I had many teachers who use to use the same strategy of teaching that is teaching less and giving problems that involve topics beyond what has been covered. It gives you this push to learn and explore the topic. I feel like it helps developing intuition about the topic. I was really sad to read a few comments that said the tests were hard and the course is really hard. It's an advanced level course, it is expected to be hard for people who are new to this field. It was challenging to me too. Also, I would really encourage people with less knowledge in the field to go for beginner level course before enrolling into this course. I really love the course, I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is wants to have a good and deep understanding of robotics.
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1 year, 6 months ago
this is really nice course but at the same time very tough. it took me 4 months to complete the course where the content is for nearly three months. some of the problems are really tough. the content is good. if you want to take this course you need to be really patient while solving problems and projects because many a times you'll fell like to give up but don't because that is how you'll learn. discussion forum is the ultimate way to get to the answer of any problem go through every post and somewhere you'll definitely find your query.
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hazem ahmed

6/10 starsTaking Now
1 year, 8 months ago
i don't recommend this course it was very bad the instructor just read from the slide without any explanation !! if you want to take it just find a similar course at youtube and go study from it in parallel with this course as i did.
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Louise Benichou

8/10 starsTaking Now
1 year, 11 months ago
pro: The topic of this class is very interesting. They use MATLAB instead of C++ which is easier for students who don't know C++ . con: this class is not for beginners. Those who are doing well are mechanical engineering majors. The lectures are very theoretical without numerical examples or coding examples. You are expected to know the material forehand (3D Math with linear algebra, Math for game developers) and you are expected to know coding. Some more work are needed to improve the pedagogy (there is no transition between the theory and the coding problems) but the idea is great. I am sure they will improve the class in the future.
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