• Class Number 5316
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Prof Robert Mahony
    • Prof Robert Mahony
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
    • Shawn Ge
SELT Survey Results

This course provides an introduction to modern robotics. The focus is on robot kinematics, sensing techniques, localization, navigation, mapping and planning. Topics to be covered include robot spatial configuration, homogeneous coordinate transformation, mobile robot locomotion, mobile robot kinematics, robot motion control, sensors and perception, navigation and path planning, robot localization, simultaneous localization and mapping SLAM, robotic system architecture.

The applied component of the course includes experimental work with a programmable mobile robotic platform equipped with sensors. The project aims at integrating sensor measurements to build a representation of the environment and perform a robotic task.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On successful completion of this course, students should have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Discuss the history, concepts and key components of robotics technologies.
  2. Describe and compare 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. Analyse and solve problems in spatial coordinate representation and spatial transformation, robot locomotion, kinematics, motion control, localization and mapping, navigation and path planning. 
  4. Apply and demonstrate the learned knowledge and skills in practical robotics applications.
  5. Plan, design and implement robotic systems, algorithms and software capable of operating in complex and interactive environments.
  6. Effectively communicate engineering concepts and design decisions using a range of media.
Professional Skills Mapping:
Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies 

Research-Led Teaching

Laboratory work is based on independent implmentation of SLAM system on a small mobile robotic system.

Examination Material or equipment

2 pages of written notes - no books.

Required Resources

A lap top computer is required for the in person experiemental work. Laptops can be provided for students who do not have one.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Kinematics nil
2 Odometry Nil
3 Spatial Variables Nil
4 Sensors and Probability Nil
5 Spatial Variables A03: Problem Sheet 01
6 Visual Odometry A02: Laboratory 02
7 Stochastic Filters A05: Problem Sheet 02 A08: Mid Semester Quiz
8 Extended Kalman Filter A04: Laboratory 03
9 SLAM Nil
10 Path planning and navigation Nil
11 Obstacles and Control A06: Laboratory 04
12 Revision and perspective A07: Problem Sheet 03

Tutorial Registration

through wattle page

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
A01: Laboratory intro L01 0 % E4, E5
A02: Laboratory L02 5 % E2, E3, E4, E5, E6
A03: Problem Sheet P01 10 % E1, E2, E3
A04: Laboraory L03 15 % E2, E3, E4, E5, E6
A05: Problem Sheet P02 10 % E2, E3
A06: Laboratory L04 15 % E2, E3, E4, E5, E6
A07: Problem Sheet P03 10 % E2, E3
A08: Mid Semester Quiz 5 % E1, E3
A09: Final Quiz 0 %
A10: Final Exam 30 % E1, E3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Written 3 hour final examination

Assessment Task 1

Value: 0 %
Learning Outcomes: E4, E5

A01: Laboratory intro L01

See watttle pages

Assessment Task 2

Value: 5 %
Learning Outcomes: E2, E3, E4, E5, E6

A02: Laboratory L02

See wattle page

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: E1, E2, E3

A03: Problem Sheet P01

See wattle page

Assessment Task 4

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: E2, E3, E4, E5, E6

A04: Laboraory L03

See wattle page

Assessment Task 5

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: E2, E3

A05: Problem Sheet P02

See wattle page

Assessment Task 6

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: E2, E3, E4, E5, E6

A06: Laboratory L04

See wattle page

Assessment Task 7

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: E2, E3

A07: Problem Sheet P03

See wattle page

Assessment Task 8

Value: 5 %
Learning Outcomes: E1, E3

A08: Mid Semester Quiz

Online quiz accessed through Wattle

Assessment Task 9

Value: 0 %
Learning Outcomes: 

A09: Final Quiz

Online quiz accessed through Wattle

Assessment Task 10

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: E1, E3

A10: Final Exam

3 hour written exam.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded. OR Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Prof Robert Mahony

Research Interests

Nonlinear control, Robotics, Computer Vision

Prof Robert Mahony

By Appointment
Prof Robert Mahony

Research Interests

Prof Robert Mahony

By Appointment

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