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Monday, August 7, 2017

Internet of robotic things

Self-driving cars seem to be the way of the future as the technology develops and they gain popularity. But for mechanical engineers, it opens a whole new realm of possibilities. What happens when you combine traditional mechanical engineering knowledge and the internet of things?

The internet of things (IoT) is the term for everyday objects that now have internet capabilities: think smart watches, Fitbits, and smartphones. For the mechanical engineers who work on mechanical systems—like cars, factory machinery, and other systems—they now need more than just traditional mechanical knowledge. They need to understand how mechanical and cyber systems interact and operate together.

To help mechanical engineering students bridge the gap, Mechanical Engineering Professor Kenji Shimada and his co-instructor, Tomotake Furuhata, debuted their class, “Robotic Systems and IoT” this semester. The course provides graduate students and upper-level undergraduates with an overview of how robotic systems are integrated into a larger framework called the Internet of Robotic Things.

“The purpose of this class is to discuss the big trends in robotic systems and the internet of things and to provide two tangible examples: self-driving cars and factory robots,” said Shimada.

Continue reading the full article on the College of Engineering site

Lisa Kulick