By Prof. Dilip Kumar Pratihar   |   IIT Kharagpur
The course will start with a brief introduction to robots and robotics. The motivation behind keeping robots in modern industries will be discussed. After providing a brief history of robotics, different components of a robotic system will be identified. The method of determining degrees of freedom of a robotic system will be discussed with some examples. After classifying the robots based on certain criteria, workspace analysis of manipulators will be carried out. Applications of robots in different areas like in manufacturing units, medical science, space, and others, will be discussed. Various methods of robot teaching will be explained with some suitable examples. Economic analysis will be conducted to decide whether we should purchase a robot. Both forward and inverse kinematics problems will be solved with the help of some suitable examples. To ensure smooth variation of joint angles of the robot, trajectory planning schemes will be explained. After carrying out velocity analysis with the help of Jacobian matrix, inverse dynamics problems of robots will be solved using Lagrange-Euler formulation. Control scheme used in robots to realize the joint torques will be discussed. Besides manipulators, analysis will be carried out on wheeled and multi-legged robots. The working principles of various sensors used in robots will be explained in detail. The steps to be followed in robot vision will be discussed with some suitable examples. The principles of motion planning algorithms will be explained in detail. Thus, this course will deal with all the issues related to kinematics, dynamics, control schemes and robot intelligence.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Students belonging to all disciplines of Engineering, Researchers and practicing Engineers can take this course
INDUSTRY SUPPORT : 1. RDCIS, Ranchi 2. CMERI, Durgapur 3. Reliance Industries, 4. C-DAC, Kolkata, and others

Learners enrolled: 9460


Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 14 Sep 2020
End Date : 06 Nov 2020
Exam Date : 18 Dec 2020
Enrollment Ends : 25 Sep 2020
Category :
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
    This is an AICTE approved FDP course


    Week 1  : Introduction to Robots and Robotics
    Week 2  : Introduction to Robots and Robotics; Robot Kinematics
    Week 3  : Robot Kinematics
    Week 4  : Robot Kinematics; Trajectory Planning
    Week 5  : Robot Dynamics
    Week 6  : Control Scheme; Sensors; Robot Vision
    Week 7  : Robot Vision; Robot Motion Planning
    Week 8  : Intelligent Robot; Biped Walking; Summary


    1.Fundamentals of Robotics by D.K. Pratihar, Narosa Publishing House, New-Delhi, 2017
    2.Robotics by K.S. Fu, R.C. Gonzalez, C.S.G. Lee, McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1987
    3.Introduction to Robotics by J.J. Craig, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1986


    Prof. Dilip Kumar Pratihar

    IIT Kharagpur
    I am Prof. Dilip Kumar Pratihar. I obtained my Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India in 2000. I received University Gold Medal, A.M. Das Memorial Medal, Institution of Engineers’ (I) Medal, and others. I completed my post-doctoral studies in Japan and then, in Germany under the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship Programme. I am working now as a Professor (HAG scale) of Mechanical Engineering Department and PIC, Centre for Excellence in Robotics at IIT Kharagpur, India. My research areas include robotics, soft computing and manufacturing science. I have published more than 280 papers and book-chapters. I have authored two textbooks: one on “Soft Computing” and another on “Fundamentals of Robotics”; co-authored another textbook on “Analytical Engineering Mechanics”, edited a book on “Intelligent and Autonomous Systems”, co-authored reference books on “Modeling and Analysis of Six-legged Robots”; “Modeling and Simulations of Robotic Systems Using Soft Computing”; “Modeling and Analysis of Laser Metal Forming Processes by Finite Element and Soft Computing Methods” and “Multi-body Dynamic Modeling of Multi-legged Robots”. I have guided 21 Ph.D.s. I am in editorial board of 14 International Journals. I have been elected as FIE, MASME and SMIEEE. I have completed a few sponsored (funded by DST, DAE, MHRD) and consultancy projects.


    The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
    The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
    Date and Time of Exams: 18 December 2020 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
    Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
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    Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
    Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

    Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

    YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

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