Fall | Undergrad/Grad | 12 Units | Prereq: 2.004 or permission of instructor
Interdisciplinary approach to bio-inspired design, with emphasis on principle extraction applicable to various robotics research fields, such as robotics, prosthetics, and human assistive technologies. Focuses on three main components: biomechanics, numerical techniques that allow multi-body dynamics simulation with environmental interaction and optimization, and basic robotics techniques and implementation skills. Students integrate the components into a final robotic system project of their choosing through which they must demonstrate their understanding of dynamics and control and test hypothesized design principles. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments. In person not required. Enrollment may be limited due to laboratory capacity.
Fall 2020 Update: Optional In-Person Component - The lecture will be performed via Zoom synchronously. The laboratory activities will be done in a designated space with sufficient distance (6ft) between students. The students will be required to wash their hands before the lab activities and wear masks all the time. We will have hand sanitizers and extra masks in the lab to ensure everyone is protected during the lab time. The class will be offered to primarily to on-campus students (graduate students and seniors).
Associate Professor Sangbae Kim describes his cutting-edge research in the area of biomimetics, the study of biological systems as models for the design and engineering of robots.