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TECH 01 — Introduction to Robotics

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 28—Dec 7
Time: 6:00—7:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Sep 30
Unit: 1
Tuition: $510
Instructor(s): Prasad Saripalli
Limit: 40
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on November 23
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Live Online(About Formats)
6:00—7:30 pm (PT)
Sep 28—Dec 7
10 weeks
Refund Date
Sep 30
1 Unit
Prasad Saripalli
Please Note: No class on November 23
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
An expert xylophonist effortlessly plays a jazz standard, while a percussionist provides an intricate rhythmic layer to create a distinctly Middle Eastern sound. Both are in perfect syncopation as onlookers gaze in amazement. The musicians are both robots. While robotics is often associated with industrial and manufacturing applications, robots have also been used to create sculptures, paintings, and even music. The field of robotics is constantly evolving and presents exciting opportunities for innovation and creativity. Whether you're interested in developing new technologies, designing robotic systems, or exploring robotics's ethical and social implications, there is something for everyone in this field. The high demand for trained professionals in robotics is equally remarkable, driven by the increasing integration of AI and physical machines. More than 1 billion jobs, almost one-third of all jobs worldwide, are likely to be transformed in this next decade, per the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Yet courses and programs within universities remain scarce.

This introductory course will teach students the basic concepts and components of how robots are designed and used for business value and will demonstrate how to build and program a simple robot. Upon completion, students and early- to mid-career professionals can further specialize in robot programming, control systems, or sensors; pursue manufacturing, healthcare, and transportation opportunities employing robots or automation systems; or integrate robotics technology into existing products and processes. Whether you're interested in software development, mechanical engineering, artificial intelligence, or human-robot interaction, there is a place for you in the world of robotics—and now, a place for you to begin learning.

Vice President of ML and AI and Distinguished Engineer, MindBody; Adjunct Professor, Khoury College of Computer Sciences, Northeastern University

Prasad Saripalli has served as CTO and vice president of engineering at Secrata.com, which provides military-grade cloud security solutions using ML; CTO and executive vice president at ClipCard; chief architect for IBM's SmartCloud Enterprise; and group product manager of Microsoft's client virtualization products. He teaches graduate courses in AI, ML, advanced ML, NLP, and distributed systems at Northeastern University and in the University of Washington system. He received doctoral training, separately in computer science and environmental systems engineering, from the University of Florida, and an MS in computer science from Washington State.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Maja J. Mataric, The Robotics Primer, 2nd (ISBN 978-0262633543)
(Recommended) Saeed B Niku, Introduction to Robotics: Analysis, Control, Applications, 2rd Edition (ISBN 978-0470604465)
(Required) Alan Winfield, Robotics: A Very Short Introduction (ISBN 978-0199695980)