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Collaborative Robotics

Warren T. Jones, Ph.D., P.E.

Course Outline

The course consists of the following topics:

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course content.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the course, the student will understand the:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for all engineers, architects and land surveyors.

Benefit to Attendee

Attendee of this course will gain insights for potential applications of the next generation of technology called collaborative robotics.

Course Introduction

Historically robots have been engineered as heavy industrial machinery for repetitive tasks such as welding, painting and machining. These industrial robots are not typically designed for human interaction and can only be operated by a trained specialist in a controlled factory environment. Recent advances in robotics technology have enabled safer interaction with humans and allowed robots to become part of our workplaces, hospitals and homes. This course is a discussion of this new generation of robots with a particular focus on their impact on the development of self-driving vehicles, manufacturing and minimally invasive surgery.

Course Content

The course content consists of the four sections listed below of the Frontiers of Engineering: Co-Robotics Report from the 2014 Symposium on Leading-Edge Engineering – National Academy of Engineering.

Frontiers of Engineering: Co-Robotics Report

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Course Summary

This course presented discussions that are related to the next generation robots called collaborative robots which are characterized by their safety to operate alongside humans. The impact of this technology on the areas of self-driving vehicles, manufacturing and minimally invasive surgery is the focus of the discussion.

Additional Information

The section provides a selection of additional resources and opportunities for those who wish to learn more about the subject of collaborative robotics.


ROScon – the ROS developers conference where developers at all levels can learn from and network with the ROS community.

AUTOMATE – held every two years, it showcases the full spectrum of automation technologies and solutions.


Clearpath Robotics Bloga good beginning point for learning. Includes ROS 101: Introduction to the Robot Operating System.

Robot Operating System (ROS) – ROS is a public domain flexible framework which contains a collection of tools and libraries that simplifies the task of writing robot software.

FIRST Robotics Competition – a K-12 student competition that combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Participants learn from professional engineers while building and competing with a robot of their own design.


The web links listed below represent resources for additional information on collaborative robotics. The ACM, IEEE CS and IEEE are technically much broader than robotics but sponsor robotics related activities and publications.

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

IEEE Computer Society (IEEE CS)


Robotic Industries Association – publishes Robotics Online which provides information to help engineers, managers and executives apply and justify robotics and flexible automation.

IEEE Robotics and Automation Society


Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing

Industrial Robot: An International Journal

The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology


O’Kane, Jason M., A Gentle Introduction to ROS, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013.

Martinez, Aaron, Learning ROS for Robotics Programming, Packt Publishing, 2013.


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.