Course descriptions

Bellow are the course outlines for the four courses in the Open International Curriculum developed in the framework of the project. These courses are referred to as core material, the description of the contributed courseware material is not presented here. The outlines bellow indicate courses as originally agreed upon by consortium members.

Credit numbers shown bellow represent the estimated US and EU (European Credit Transfer System) contact hours.

  1. Basic Mechatronics (3 US credits, 4 ECTS)
    1. Control
      1. Analysis of single input single output feedback systems
      2. Linear feedback design of single input single output feedback systems
    2. Robotics
      1. Kinematics and dynamics of robot manipulators
      2. Actuators: hydraulic actuators; electronic actuators; smart actuators; end effectors; grasping
      3. Sensors
      4. User interfaces
    3. Embedded systems
      1. Components
      2. Interfacing
    4. Context - humanitarian demining
      1. HUDEM - summary
      2. HUDEM - control solutions
      3. Mine classification
  2. Advanced Mechatronics (3 US credits, 4 ECTS)
    1. Advanced topics in linear control
      1. State feedback and observer design (continuous and discrete time)
      2. Discrete time controller design
    2. Mobile robotic systems
      1. Kinematics of mobile robots
      2. Exteroceptive sensors for navigation
    3. Path planning and control of nonlinear systems - an introduction
      1. State feedback linearization
      2. Flat systems
      3. Control of nonlinear mechanical systems
      4. Path planning and control of a kinematic car
    4. AI based control and knowledge based systems
      1. Introduction to artificial neural networks, fuzzy logic systems
      2. Introduction to game theory
    5. Real-time systems
    6. Virtual reality
    7. Case studies: ARMU, Balaro, Commertially available systems
    8. Risk assessment
      1. Basic concepts and tools
      2. Standards
    9. Microelectric mechanical systems (MEMS)
    10. Robotics ethics
  3. Context: Humanitarian Demining and UXO Detection (3 US credits, 4 ECTS)
    1. Scenarios
      1. Mines and UXO
      2. Environment
      3. Land scenarios
      4. Water scenarios
      5. Atmospheric correction
    2. Platforms and sensors
      1. Satellites
      2. Airborne platforms
      3. Fixed platforms
      4. Mobile platforms
      5. Integration of Sensors on Platforms
    3. Procedures and processing
      1. Process on land: general assessment; technical survey; detection/localization
      2. Process in water: reconnaissance; survey; detection/localization
  4. Sensors and Sensing Systems (6 US credits, 8 ECTS)
    1. Electromagnetic systems
      1. Magnetic systems: magnetometers; gradiometers; metal detectors
      2. Electro-optical sensors: visible sensors; VNIR - SWIR; MIR+TIR; hyperspectral; laser systems
      3. Terahertz systems
      4. Microwave sensors: passive radiometer, active radar systems, GPS, SAR
    2. Explosive detectors
      1. Chemical sesnors
      2. Biosensors
      3. Nuclear quadrupole resonance
      4. Thermal neutron activation
      5. Fast neutron activation
      6. X-ray backscattering
      7. X-ray flourenscence
      8. Explosive removal and destruction
    3. Acoustic and seismic sensors
      1. Sonar
      2. Scanning laser Doppler vibrometry
      3. Intelligent prodders
      4. Acoustic and impedance tomography