Robot Control course from Coursera featuring quadrotor control

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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Comment by Rui Manuel Cravo Marques on July 28, 2012 at 1:23pm

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

Comment by gutzmann.dusty on July 28, 2012 at 6:31pm

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


Comment by Jack Crossfire on July 28, 2012 at 9:46pm

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.

Comment by Andy Theimer on July 29, 2012 at 7:31am

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

Comment by Rui Manuel Cravo Marques on July 29, 2012 at 7:38am

I believe it's a parrot quad

Comment by John Githens on July 29, 2012 at 7:57am

@Andy: Here is another source of design inspiration:

Comment by Rui Manuel Cravo Marques on July 29, 2012 at 8:25am

Hi John, that link is not working, can you please correct it ? Thanks

Comment by John Githens on July 29, 2012 at 9:00am
@Rui: Thanks for catching my mistake. The correct link is (I failed to insert the 's'. I shall get a cup of coffee now...  :-) )
Comment by Ryan Alexander Bahr on July 29, 2012 at 1:57pm

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 (

Comment by John Githens on January 29, 2013 at 8:22am

The course just started, for those who are interested.


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