Oct 24th 2016

Robotics: Computational Motion Planning (Coursera)

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Robotic systems typically include three components: a mechanism which is capable of exerting forces and torques on the environment, a perception system for sensing the world and a decision and control system which modulates the robot's behavior to achieve the desired ends. In this course we will consider the problem of how a robot decides what to do to achieve its goals.

This problem is often referred to as Motion Planning and it has been formulated in various ways to model different situations. You will learn some of the most common approaches to addressing this problem including graph-based methods, randomized planners and artificial potential fields. Throughout the course, we will discuss the aspects of the problem that make planning challenging.

Robotics: Computational Motion Planning is course 2 of 6 in the Robotics Specialization.

The Robotics Specialization introduces you to how robots sense and reason about the world they live, how they plan three dimensional movements in a dynamic environment and how they fly or run while adapting to uncertainties in the environment. You will be exposed to real world examples with drones, legged robots and driverless cars. The courses build towards a capstone in which you will learn how to program robots to perform a variety of tasks in unstructured, dynamic environments.