Frontier technologies are poised to revolutionize all aspects of human affairs. Understanding these technologies is increasingly important for students pursuing a leadership role in the world of commerce. At the top of the list of such technologies are robotics and mechatronics, which integrate mechanical, electrical, electronics, and computing technologies, as well as software engineering and machine learning, in the design, development, and control of diverse systems used in a range of industries. Mechatronics makes it possible to design intelligent, reliable, and versatile electromechanical systems such as industrial robots, medical devices, aircraft simulators, automated assembly lines, building control systems, and autonomous vehicles.
Students who are interested in taking this course do not need to have a background in robotics or mechatronics. The course is designed to help students familiarize themselves with both the technical aspects of developing mechatronics and robotics inventions and the research and assessment activities that need to be conducted to turn a viable new technology into a marketable product.
To that end, the course will be divided into two key learning modules outlined below.