The University of Alicante teaches how to build and program robots
Alicante, 19 January 2011
With the dual aim of educating and entertaining, the University of Alicante’s Higher Polytechnic College will teach students to build and program robots in a workshop that will introduce participants to the world of robotics, electronics and micro-controllers.
Under the title "Construye y programa tu propio robot" (Build and program your own robot), the workshop will show participants how to build the structure to build and they will learn basic concepts of electronics and learn how to solder and assemble PCB electronic components properly. In the second part, once the robot is built, they will proceed to program the robot and make the most of it, using control algorithms with integrated sensors to obtain information from the environment. The workshop is organized by the UA Master’s Programme and the Research Group on Automation and Robotics, along with the Department of Physics, Systems Engineering and Signal Theory.
The organizers state that, apart from being a funny course, "industrial computing engineering is increasingly necessary and the business world increasingly requires computer trained staff in this field, with knowledge of microcontroller programming, automation and robotics."
The workshop used the "skybot", a mobile robot which is moved by two-wheel drive and is equipped with sensors to react to environmental stimuli. It is designed for those who want to enter the world of robotics and microcontrollers. Organizers warn that this is not a toy. The electronics in it is the same used in more advanced robots both commercial and for research purposes. Therefore, it is very easy to develop more complex robots from this one.
After the workshop there will be a contest consisting of a series of tests, as might be tracking lines in a circuit, closed circuit escape from all sides except for one, full-contact proof or free trial.
With a duration of 32 hours, the workshop will begin on 3rd February and end on 17 June 17. It is loaded with 3 CECLEC credits.