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ASCI 318 : Unmanned Aerial Systems Robotics

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Unmanned Aerial Systems Robotics
This course prepares students to integrate robotic technology into the hardware and software regimes of unmanned aviation. It will include examinations of control and system programming in the context of specific missions through guided discussions, simulation and the operation of actual unmanned aircraft robotic systems.

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of hardware and software design, integration, and usage associated with robotics in unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The student will understand the unique robotic features employed by unmanned aircraft, allowing for differentiation between manned and unmanned operation during flight and ground operations. The student will examine use of robotics technology in UAS, including interoperability, manipulation, and processing to communicate effectively with others versed in the technology, exhibit comprehension of autonomous and remotely-piloted systems, and analyze how best to apply robotic design and diagnosis. Upon completion of this course, students will have a thorough understanding of robotics terminology, concepts, components, and applicability to UAS design and operation.

Upon course completion, the student will be able to:

1. Differentiate between different robotic UAS components, identifying conditions for use, limitations, and advantages.

2. Analyze and evaluate airborne robotics sensors—orientation/positioning, system state, visual, aural, and navigation.

3. Explain the different control systems for a UAS and how they are integrated and applied.

4. Classify robotic interaction design principles and recommending application to meet mission or programmatic goals.

5. Identify the difference between semi-autonomous and autonomous systems and when they would be applied.

6. Compare the relationship between sensing and automated or user directed response.

7. Demonstrate the requirements for a comprehension of robotic design by synthesizing a basic robotic UAS system

8. Demonstrate appropriate selection and application of a research method and statistical analysis (where required), specific to the course subject matter. (Effective July 1, 2013)

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Mr. Michael Millard - 3/1/2015
Stefan Kleinke - 3/1/2015
Dr. Dennis Vincenzi - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 3/1/2015
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