We recap the important points from this masterclass.
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A robot joint controller is a type of feedback control system which is an old and well understood technique. We will learn how to assemble the various mechatronic components such as motors, gearboxes, sensors, electronics and embedded computing in a feedback configuration to implement a robot joint controller.
We learn how accelerometers and gyroscopes can be combined into an inertial navigation system capable of estimating position and orientation of a vehicle, without GPS.
How is an image formed? The real world has three dimensions but an image has only two. We can use linear algebra and homogeneous coordinates to understand what’s going on. This more general approach allows us to model the positions of pixels in the sensor array and to derive relationships between points on the image […]
We will learn the essentials of inertial navigation, about sensors such as accelerometers, gyroscopes and magnetometers and how we can use the information they provide to estimate our motion and orientation in 3D space.
To fully describe an object on the plane we need to not only describe its position, but also which direction it is pointing. This combination is referred to as pose. Try your hand at some online MATLAB problems. You’ll need to watch all the 2D “Spatial Maths” lessons to complete the problem set.
We revisit the fundamentals of 3D geometry that you would have learned at school: coordinate frames, points and vectors.
We introduce the idea of attaching a coordinate frame to an object. We can describe points on the object by constant vectors with respect to the object’s coordinate frame, and then relate those to the points described with respect to a world coordinate frame. We introduce a simple algebraic notation to describe this. Try your […]
A color camera has many similarities to the human eye. Instead of three types of cone cells a uniform silicon sensor uses a pattern of three color filters known as a Bayer filter.
We learn the principles behind ‘gyros’, sensors that measure angular velocity with respect to the universe.