• Offered by Research School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Hongdong Li
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course ENGN4627
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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This course provides an in depth study of the fundamentals of modern robotics. The material covers both standard robotic manipulators and modern mobile robots. Material covered includes study of the kinematics and dynamics robotic manipulators and mobile robots, spatial orientation representations, Denavit-Hartenberg link descriptions, forward and inverse kinematics, Jacobian rate and static force relations, singularities, recursive Newton-Euler and Lagrange dynamics algorithms as well as trajectory planning for classical manipulators. Additional material on filtering and design of mobile robotic platforms is covered with an emphasis on integration of the sensing and control systems with the mechanical design.

Learning Outcomes

1.  Be familiar with the history, concept development and key components of robotics technologies.  
2. Be familiar with various robot sensors and their perception principles that enable a robot  to analyse their environment, reason and take appropriate actions toward the given goal.
3.  Understand and able to analyse and solve problems in spatial coordinate representation and spatial transformation, robot locomotion design, kinematics,  motion control,  localization and mapping, navigation and path planning. 
4.  Be able to apply and demonstrate the learned knowledge and skills in practical robotics laboratories and experiments.
5.  Be able to design and implement a robotic project on a physical mobile robot platform, with tasks involving project specification, algorithm design,  software programming, simulation and modelling,  control and obstacle avoidance in a complex and interactive environment. 
6.  Enhancing communication skills through project report and seminar presentation. 

Indicative Assessment

  • Practical Labs               (30%)
  • Term research project      (20%)
  • Project report/seminar presentation  (10%) 
  • Problem Sets and/or  Final Examination (40%)

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying Master of Engineering.

Prescribed Texts

Recommended text:

  • M. Spong, S. Hutchinson and M. Vidyasager, Robot Modelling and Control, Wiley, 2006.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
2013 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person

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