I thought some of you might be interested in this:

Control of Mobile Robots

Magnus Egerstedt (Georgia Tech)

About the Course
This course investigates how to make mobile robots move in effective, safe, and predictable ways. The basic tool for achieving this is "control theory", which deals with the question of how dynamical systems, i.e., systems whose behaviors change over time, can be effectively influenced. In the course, these two domains - controls and robotics - will be interleaved and we will go from the basics of control theory, via robotic examples of increasing complexity - all the way to the research frontier. The course will focus on mobile robots as the target application and problems that will be covered include (1) how to make (teams of) wheeled ground robots avoid collisions while reaching target locations, (2) how to make aerial, quadrotor robots follow paths in the presence of severe disturbances, and (3) how to locomotive bipedal, humanoid robots.

Unfortunately, it looks like we'll have to wait until next year for the course to start.

- Roy

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  • The course just started, for those who are interested.

  • Don't worry about how long it takes for this class to start, this guy was my ECE 3085 professor and he is nothing short of awesome. He is enthusiastic and knows his stuff. That is a parrot ar drone. His focus isn't so much about the physical aspects of the drones, but more the control theory and how to essentially achieve perfect system stability. That being said, one of his earlier videos is pretty cool, he is doing a lot of swarm theory. It was posted here (http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/what-even-better-than-a-robot-

  • @Rui: Thanks for catching my mistake. The correct link is safeflightcopters.com. (I failed to insert the 's'. I shall get a cup of coffee now...  :-) )
  • Hi John, that link is not working, can you please correct it ? Thanks

  • @Andy: Here is another source of design inspiration: safeflightcopter.com.

  • I believe it's a parrot quad

  • Is that a custom quad frame in the video?  I'm looking at building something with protected rotors and searching for design inspiration..

  • All sitting man explanation videos need to be surrounded by 3 walls of red boxes.   At least he has a year to grow the full beard.

  • I actually already signed up last week....and was also disappointed to see it doesn't start till spring


  • This looks great, thank you. Not only this course, but all the available ones :D great.

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