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IIT Madras Offers Free Online Course on Robotics through NPTEL

IIT Madras is offering a free online course on Introduction to Robotics on NPTEL, which can be taken by engineers as well as anybody who is interested

IIT Madras is currently accepting applications for various free online courses on the NPTEL platform of which Introduction to Robotics is one such courses for which interested students can register. The course can be taken for free by udergraduates, postgraduates, and anyone interested in robotics. While taking the course is free, those who wish to receive the online certificate with IIT Madras and NPTEL logos would be required to pay Rs 1000. The course is an AICTE approved Faculty Development Programme.

The free online course on robotics will be conducted by Dr T Asokan who is a Professor in the Department of Engineering Design, and currently the Head of the Department, at IIT Madras as well as IIT Madras professor Balaraman Ravindran. He is currently a professor in computer science at IIT Madras and also a Mindtree faculty fellow. The professor has nearly two decades of research experience in machine learning and specifically reinforcement learning.

What will be Covered Under the Free Online Robotics Course by IIT Madras?

The course will be conducted over a period of twelve weeks and the following aspects will be covered: Introduction to robotics- History, growth; Robot applications- Manufacturing industry, defense, rehabilitation, medical and so on, laws of robotics, robot mechanisms; kinematics- coordinate transformations, DH parameters, forward kinematics, inverse kinematics, Jacobians, statics, trajectory planning, sensors, sensor integration, perception, localisation and mapping, robabilistic robotics, path planning, simultaneous localization and mapping, introduction to reinforcement learning, and so on.

Important Dates and Certificate

The course will be conducted from 20 July 2020 onwards and the enrollment for the same ends on 27 July. The course will end on 9 October, and students can take an examination on 18 October to obtain the certificate by paying Rs 1000. The examination will be conducted in two shifts. The certificate with logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras will have the student’s name, photograph, and the score in the final exam with the breakup, and will be provided electronically. Hard copies of the certificate will not be dispatched. Those interested to take the course are advised to go through the official website in detail, and enroll by clicking on the join button: https://swayam.gov.in/nd1_noc20_de11/preview

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