Control of Mobile Robots

Open Online

Course Description

Control of Mobile Robots is a course that focuses on the application of modern control theory to the problem of making robots move around in safe and effective ways. The structure of this class is somewhat unusual since it involves many moving parts. To do robotics right, one has to go from basic theory all the way to an actual robot moving around in the real world, which is the challenge we have set out to address through the different pieces in the course.

How You Will Benefit

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to understand:

  • Control theory; robot models; mobility controllers; applications
  • Control design basics
  • PID control


  • Some background in linear algebra and calculus is needed.
  • Previous exposure to differential equations is helpful.

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  • Week 1: Introduction to Control
  • Week 2: Mobile Robots
  • Week 3: Linear Systems
  • Week 4: Control Design
  • Week 5: Hybrid Systems
  • Week 6: The Navigation Problem
  • Week 7: Control Design

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Course Info

Course ID: DL 0013M
Course Format: Online