Control of Robotic and Autonomous Systems

Control of Robotic and Autonomous SystemsControl of robotic systems is a core part of the Robotics and Intelligent Systems courses in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics Engineering. Quanser plants offer the right mix of features, precision, robustness, and flexibility for a wide range of introductory to advanced courses in robotic systems control. The systems demonstrate the concepts of robotics, including forward and inverse kinematics, manipulator dynamics, trajectory planning, vision systems and vision guided motion, control of multiple link manipulators and autonomous systems.

Many new research fields emerged recently, applying innovative robotic solutions in areas such as medicine and rehabilitation, defense and aerospace sectors. Quanser has established strategic partnerships with key industrial robotic companies that allow researchers to benefit from completely open architecture and extremely flexible robotic platforms and enables innovative research to be performed using market leading robotic systems without the limitations of the typical closed controllers.

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Featured system for control of robotic and autonomous systems:
2 DOF Robot Experiment

2 DOF Robot
Quanser Robotics Package for Education

Quanser Robotics Package for Education
2 DOF Serial Flexible Joint Experiment

2 DOF Serial Flexible Joint
QBot 2 ground autonomous robot

QBot 2
QBall 2 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Platform

QBall 2
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Introduction to Robotics

Introduction to Robotics

Several add-on modules for the legendary SRV02 rotary servo demonstrate fundamental robotic principles. With the Rotary Flexible Link and Rotary Flexible Joint you can teach modeling of a flexible joint and link on a robot and introduce control concepts related to vibration analysis and resonance. Other rotary servo-based experiments and robot manipulator models offer students hands-on experience with planar position control. Advanced features of the Quanser plants and their research grade components help undergraduate students gain industry-relevant skills and experience, and also allow you to expand the lab to serve advanced-level courses and graduate research.

NEW: Solutions for Teaching Manipulator Robotics

The study and exploration of serial link robots has been a core part of robotics education and research for many years. Initially, the study of manipulator robots was driven by manufacturing applications but later, it became a key subsystem in more complex robotic applications including space robotics, IED disposal, and surgical robotics. As a leader in providing open architecture robotic solutions for teaching and research, Quanser has a new offering for their line of manipulator robots: the Quanser Robotics Package for Education.

Advanced Control of Robotic Systems

Advanced Control of Robotic Systems

You can easily build on the knowledge and skills students acquired in the introductory robotics courses and use Quanser plants to expose them to more complex robotic systems control principles, including torsional compliance and serial joint/link flexibility. With the simplified models of robotic arm represented by the 2 DOF Serial Flexible Joint and 2 DOF Serial Flexible Link experiments, students practice planar position of robot arm while minimizing vibrations. These systems are also ideal for the graduate-level and industry-applications research, useful for development of precise tip positioning techniques with effective vibration suppression.

Denso 6 DOF Open Architecture Robot

Industrial Open-architecture Robotic Platforms

Partnership with industrial robotics leaders such as KUKA and Denso allows researchers to use commercial platforms for applied research without the need of mastering a proprietary programming language and spending time on lower level control. With the capabilities of the communication blocksets of Quanser-developed rapid control prototyping software, testing and implementing controllers is quick and easy, saving significant amounts of time and resources.

Mobile and Autonomous Systems

Mobile and Autonomous Systems

To introduce kinematics of a differential drive, study various motion planning techniques and expose students to sensors, computer vision and vision-guided control, pick the innovative low cost QBot 2 mobile robot platform. Developed as an autonomous ground robot based on iClebo Kobuki vehicle, it allows you to expand your teaching and research into autonomous vehicle applications. More complex topics including collaborative control, control of multi-agent systems and swarms can be investigated in an indoor lab environment using Quanser Unmanned Vehicle Systems Lab that combines QBall 2 quadrotor and Qbot 2 ground robot. Researchers can use the autonomous vehicles individually, as well as investigate the best strategies for combined sensor data fusion or other innovative strategies to control complex dynamic systems unmanned aerial and ground vehicles represent.

Control Courseware and Robotics Courseware

Software and Courseware

Beyond outstanding hardware, Quanser solutions include essential software for efficient realtime control on the most popular computing platforms (e.g. LabVIEW™, MATLAB®/Simulink®), complete ready to use courseware, some utilizing the latest digital media content and standardized for ABET evaluation criteria, and convenient quick start resources to ensure rapid set up of your lab.


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