ME115 2016
This is the homepage for ME 115(a,b) (Introduction to Kinematic and Robotics) for Winter/Spring 2016.
Course Staff, Hours, Location
Instructor
 Teaching Assistant

== Announcements ==\n
 06/04/12: Here are some background papers which may be useful for some final projects:
 Delta Robot: Kinematics of the Delta; Singularities of the Delta; Review of the Stewart Platform;
 'Agile Eye:\' Agile Eye; Spherical Parallel Mechanisms;
 Force Closure Sets on Polygons: Quantitative Test o Force Closure on Planar Objects;
The course time will change based on a class vote to find the time where the maximum number of students can participate.\n\n
Course Text(a) and References
The main course text
 [http://www.cds.caltech.edu/~murray/mlswiki/index.php/Main_Page R.M. Murray, Z. Li, and S. Sastry,
A Mahematical Introduction to Robotic Manipulation, CR Press, 1994.] The 1st edition of this book is available freely on line at the link above.
We will refer to this text as \"MLS\" (for the three authors). While the list of topics studied in this course will follow the subjects in this text, additional material not in the text will often be presented in class. Additional course handouts, which will be posted on this website, will supplement these portions of the lectures. However, it\'s good to come to class.
Course Syllabus
Theoretical Kinematics is the study of motion and the analytical tools to represent motion, while Applied Kinematics is the analysis and synthesis of mechanisms which implement given motions. This course presents basic ma terial in theoretical kinematics, while the applied portions of the course focus on robotic mechanisms.
Grading
The final grade will be based on homework sets, and a final exam or final project:
 Homework (70%): Homework sets will be handed out every 710 days, and are due at 5 pm on
the due date (which will always coincide with a class). Homeworks can be dropped off in class, or deposited in the box outside of 319 Thomas. Some homeworks will require computation. MATLAB or Mathematica should be sufficient to solve every homework posed in this course, though students can choose their favorite programming language. Code is considered part of your solution and should be included in with the problem set when appropriate.
 Final exam/project (30%): Students have the option to take a final exam (a limited time
takehome format exam which is open book, open note, and computer allowed) or select a final project. The final project must incorporate some aspect of the course, and the topic and scope my be approved by the course instructor. The final exam will be handed out on the last day of class and due at 5:00 pm the last day of finals. If selected, the final project is similarly due at 5:00 pm on the last day of finals.
Collaboration Policy
Collaboration on homework assignments is encouraged. You may consult outside reference materials, other students, the TA, or the instructor, but you must cite any use of material from outside references. All solutions that are handed in should be written up individually and should reflect your own understanding of the subject matter at the time of writing. Computer code and graphical plots are considered part of your writeup, and therefore should be done individually (you can share ideas, but not code). No collaboration is allowed on the examinations\n\n
Course Schedule for ME115(a)
Week  Date  Topic  Reading  Optional Reading  Homework  
1 
Introduction and Review of Rigid Body Kinematics  
4 Jan (Mon.)  Institute holiday  N/A  N/A  No Homework  
5 Jan (Th)  6cheduliW, course overview, casual overview of applied kinematics  MLS Ch 2.1  N/A  
2 
From Planar Rigid Body Kinematics  
11 Jan (M)  Intro to Planar Rigid Body Kinematics  MLS Ch 2.2, 2.3  N/A  Homework 1  
13 Jan (W)  Planar Rigid Body Kinematics continued  MLS Ch 2.2, 2.3  N/A  
11 Jan (W)  Planar Rigid Body Displacements  MLS Ch 2.2, 2.3  N/A  
3 
===== Spherical Kinematics =====\n\n 16 Jan (M)\n 
Marin Luther King Holiday  N/A  N/A  rowspan=3 align=center  N/A   
17 Jan (Tu)  Spherical Displacements, Matrix Groups  MLS Ch 2.2, 2.3  N/A  
18 Jan (W)  No Class  N/A  N/A  
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Spherical Kinematics  
23 Jan (M)  Review of the Classical Matrix Groups  Notes on Classical Matrix Groups  N/A  rowspan=3 align=center  Homework 2  
24 Jan (Tu)\  Construction of the angle axis formula for rotations\n  MLS Ch 2.2, 2.3  N/A  
25 Jan (W)  Euler Angles  MLS Ch 2.2, 2.3  N/A  
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Spherical Kinematics  
30 Jan (M)  Euler Angles  N/A  N/A  rowspan=3 align=center  Homework 3 (due Mon. Feb. 13)  
31 Jan (Tu)  Quaternions  MLS Ch 2.2, 2.3  N/A  
1 Feb (W)  More Quaternions  MLS Ch 2.2, 2.3  N/A  
6 
Spatial Kinematics  
6 Feb (M)  Spatial Kinematics: Homogeneous Coordinates and Chasle\'s Theorem  MLS Ch 2.3; Rodriguez' Displacement Equation;  N/A  rowspan=3 align=center  Homework 4  
7 Feb (Tu)  Relations among various representations of displacements & motion capture  MLS Ch 2.3  N/A  
8 Feb(W)  Motion capture & Rigid Body Velocities  MLS Ch 2.4  N/A  
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Spatial Kinematics: Wrenches  
13 Feb (M)  Wrenches  MLS Ch 2.3;  N/A  N/A  
14 Feb (Tu)  Wrenches and Poinsot\'s Theorem  MLS Ch 2.42.5  N/A  
15 Feb(W)  Screws and the Reciprocal Product  MLS Ch 2.5  N/A  
8 
Manipulators  
20 Feb (M)  President's Day Holiday  N/A  N/A  rowspan=3 align=center  N/A  
21 Feb (Tu)  Manipulator Mechanisms and Lower Pair Joints  MLS Ch 3  N/A  
22 Feb(W)  DenavitHartenberg Convention  MLS Ch 3  N/A  
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Forward/Inverse Kinematics  
27 Feb (M)  DenavitHartenberg Convention (continued), Examples  MLS Ch 3; Rodriguez' Displacement Equation;  N/A  rowspan=3 align=center  Homework 5  
28 Feb (Tu)  Product of Exponentials Formula  MLS Ch 3  N/A  
29 Feb(W)  Inverse Kinematics  MLS Ch 3  N/A 