ECE 417 --- Introduction to Robotics
Spring 2021

Professor: R. Eason, 205 Barrows, 581-2242,
Office Hours: My door is usually open -- just drop by
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Text: Introduction to Robotics: Analysis, Systems, Applications, 2nd Edition, by Saeed B. Niku.
Prerequisites: ECE 177 or COS 220; MAT 228
Credits: 3 credits


Course Topics: Basic principles of robotics and robot applications in automation. Review of matrices, robot coordinate systems, kinematics, dynamics, trajectory planning, sensing, programming languages, and intelligence.

Lab Procedures: A number of lab exercises must be completed.  Lab notebooks are not required, but each lab must be checked off by the lab assistant and you must turn in your work (usually a commented hard copy).  Labs requiring programming should use well written code (C or C++).

Tests & Calculators: Tests will be closed book. Calculators will neither be needed nor allowed on tests.


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