Welcome to the very first lecture in our online course, Introduction to Robotics.
My name is Peter Corke and I'll be your lecturer for the next six weeks.
So, this is a really quick run through if you like the, the fictional underpinnings of robotics. What we're going do in this first course is look at the great variety of robots that exist today. We're going start off with manufacturing robots. These are the arm type robots that you see working in factories building cars, building computers and so on, very, very important class of robots.
And, that's the type of robot we are going to study most carefully in this Introduction to Robotics course. But, in this particular lecture, I want to paint the big picture of the different types of robots that are in the world today. So, we are going to look at robots that drive, robots that fly, robots that swim underneath the water or robots that paddle around on the surface of the water, effectively robotic boats.
So, in this first lecture, we are going to orient ourselves in learning about the big spread of robotics. And then, for the remainder of the course, we are going knuckle down and look at an arm type robots in particular.
We introduce the topic of robotics, the recent history, why we need robots and the future of robots.