RoboticsCert

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE in ROBOTICS ENGINEERING

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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REAL-TIME AND FLEXIBLE-TIME DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAM

Advance your skills in one of the fastest trending,
in-demand, and defense relevant technology sectors.

 

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 WHO IS THE PROGRAM FOR?

  • Students interested in advancing their careers in the fields of unmanned vehicles (UxVs), robotics, and autonomous systems will be well suited for this certificate program.

  • Resident and non-resident U.S. military officers, U.S. government civilians, and
DoD contractors.

 QUALIFICATIONS

  • Baccalaureate degree in engineering or closely related field.

  • Experience with computer programming.

  • Command/company endorsement.

 PROGRAM LENGTH & COMMITMENT

  • Four quarters, online, with two one-week travel periods for hands-on labs.

  • Begins annually in the Summer quarter.

  • Students participating in academic programs at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) may incur service and/or employment  obligations.

 

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) offers the Graduate Certificate Program in Robotics Engineering. This highly-relevant, four-course online program helps DoD professionals advance their careers and become leaders in the emerging fields of unmanned vehicles (UxVs), robotics, and autonomous systems. Students will also gain hands-on lab experience during scheduled on-site visits to Monterey, CA.

 

“Advances in A.I., autonomous control systems, advanced computing, big data, learning machines... ...are
leading us toward great human-machine collaboration."

                                                                                                       -- Mr. Robert O. Work, Former Deputy Sec.of Defense

 

CURRICULUM: 4 COURSES

Foundations

1st Quarter (Summer)

ME3420 Computational Foundations for Robotics (3-2)

This course prepares students for future engineering coursework at NPS. If offers a hands-on introduction to foundational computational concepts and development practices employed in the engineering of robotics and autonomous systems. Topics include both general purpose programming and intermediate techniques specific to robotics, e.g., component-based development, event-based programming, cyber-physical interface, and real-time execution.

2nd Quarter (Fall)

EC4310 Fundamentals of Robotics (3-2)

This course presents the fundamentals of land-based robotic systems covering the areas of locomotion, manipulation, grasping, sensory perception, and teleoperation. Main topics include kinematics, dynamics, manipulability, motion/force control, real-time programming, controller architecture, motion planning, navigation, and sensor integration. Several Nomad mobile robots will be used for class projects. Military applications of robotic systems will be discussed.

Applications

3rd Quarter (Winter)

PC3014 Intermediate Applied Physics Laboratory (3-4)*

This course continues with the instrumentation and signal processing topics begun in PC2013. Included are: controllable oscillators and RF modulation/demodulation techniques, basic electrical noise sources, device damage and failure modes, elementary digital logic gates and Ics. Also included are an overview of relevant microcomputer topics, such as digital encoding schemes, analog and digital interfacing, and serial communications and networking. At the discretion of the instructor, hands-on projects incorporating the course material, may be assigned. Typical projects are: in-air sonar systems, radio receivers and transmitters, and opto-electronic communications links.

4th Quarter (Spring)

AE4820 Robotic Multibody Systems or Elective (3-2)*

This course focuses on the analytical modeling, numerical simulations and laboratory experiments of dynamics and control of autonomous maneuvering of robotic multibody systems. Students learn about robotic manipulation on fixed and moving bases. Applications include orbiting spacecraft, underwater, surface, ground and airborne vehicles.

*Applications courses may be substituted for a variety of other courses across campus, pending availability and demand.

OUTCOMES / CAREER ADVANCEMENT

The Robotics Engineering graduate certificate provides:

• Technical concepts and skills necessary to understand, design, and operate robotic systems.

• Faculty-led instruction plus hands-on (lab and collaborative) activities.

• Flexible and self-paced learning experiences.

• Challenging opportunities to apply knowledge to defense-related problems and contexts.

• Career advancement and an added credential for practicing engineers.

For civilian and active-duty service members.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Brian Bingham, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, MAE Department

(831) 200-6360

robotics.certificate@nps.edu

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

www.nps.edu/web/mae/robotics

More information on NPS Distance Learning (DL) programs

www.nps.edu/dl

 

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