University of Wisconsin Madison
Introduction to Robotics (E C E 439) Syllabus
Course Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcome
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    The goal of the course is to familiarize the students with the concepts and techniques in robot manipulator control, enough to evaluate, chose, and incorporate robots in engineering systems.
Introduction to Robotics
E C E 439 ( 3 Credits )
A system engineering approach to robotic science and technology. Fundamentals of manipulators, sensors, actuators, end effectors and product design for automation. Kinematics, control, and programming of manipulators, along with introduction to pattern recognition and computer vision.
ME 340 or ECE 332 or equiv & familiarity with a high level programming language such as Pascal, C, or Matlab
College: College of Engineering
Instructor Name
Instructor Campus Address
Contact Hours
Course Coordinator
Nicola Ferrier
Text book, title, author, and year

"Robot Modeling and Control", Spong, Hutchinson & Vidyasagar, Wiley, 2005

Supplemental Materials
Required / Elective / Selected Elective
Selected Elective
ABET Program Outcomes Associated with this Course
Program Specific Student Outcomes
Brief List of Topics to be Covered
  1. Robot System Concepts
  2. Robotic Fundamentals:
  3. Kinematics
  4. Forces, Moments and Euler's Laws
  5. Control Techniques
  6. Path Control
  7. Robot Capabilities
  8. Arm Tooling and End Effectors
  9. Assembly
  10. Compliance
  11. Robot Sensors
  12. contact sensors
  13. proximity sensors
  14. machine vision systems
  15. Robot and System Integration
  16. programming and teach mode for manipulators
  17. interfaces
  18. Applications and Advanced Topics
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