Introduction to Robotics (w/ Virtual Labs & Medical Robots)
Contributors:  David L. Anderson: Author
Jeremy Gottlieb: Author

Overview:

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MODULE DESCRIPTION:

This is a comprehensive introduction to robotics for people with no background in the subject. Primary author, Jeremy Gottlieb, has created a curriculum that takes advantage of three virtual robotics labs that The Mind Project had previously developed. One "top-down" robotics lab and two behavior-based (or "bottom-up") labs have been embedded into a general introduction to robotics that focuses on the use of robotics in medicine -- including medical research, surgery, hospital navigation and more. Learn about two fundamentally different robot architectures while at the same time exploring some of the exciting breakthroughs that have been made in applying robotics to the medical sphere. See videos of a wide range of different robots in action. Enjoy!

MODULE COMPONENTS:

Introduction to Robotics (w/ Virtual Labs & Medical Robots)

Part of this modules is a web-based curriculum with text, images and many videos of robots -- especially medical and industrial robots -- in action. In addition, there are three immersive virtual robotics labs that give users hands-on experience working with robots in a virtual environment. One of our most popular virtual labs -- the Virtual "Top-Down" Robotics Lab -- is a stand-alone lab that can take an hour or more to finish and provides a stimulating introduction to traditional robotic design. Two newer (and shorter) labs provide an engaging introduction to the nature of behavior-based robotics (using Rodney Brooks' subsumption architecture).

Two Stand-alone Virtual Robotics Labs

The "Introduction to Robotics" module above integrates many of The Mind Project's robotics materials into one comprehensive curriculum. Embedded in that module are two stand-alone Virtual Robotics Labs which you can also access as separate modules. Those two labs are the "Virtual Robotics Lab ("Top-Down")" module and the "Virtual Robotics Lab (Behavior-based or "bottom-up")" which you can link to below.