APDMB031 Robots and Drones in Environmental Monitoring

Institute of physics in Opava
winter 2022
Extent and Intensity
2/2/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. Ing. Petr Čermák, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Ing. Petr Čermák, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
doc. Ing. Petr Čermák, Ph.D.
Institute of physics in Opava
Mon 13:05–14:40 PU-UF
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
APDMB031/A: Mon 14:45–16:20 PU-UF, P. Čermák
Prerequisites (in Czech)
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course is intended for students who are interested in the issue of the rapidly developing field of robotics and drones. The content of the course is to acquaint students with this field, its history, basic terms, algorithms and, last but not least, with fields that are very closely related to robotics. They will also deal with several types of robots and their hardware equipment (e.g. servo motors, gyroscopes, cameras, processor motherboards, etc.). The basic types and characteristics of UAVairplanes, drones will also be discussed. Applications in environmental monitoring will also be discussed.
Learning outcomes
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- describe the basics of robotics and the use of robotics in various fields;
- describe basic sensors and actuators used in robotics;
- describe the basic control units of robots;
- classify types of robots;
- understand and explain basic algorithms used in robotics;
- clarify the position of robotics in the field of environmental monitoring.
  • 1. Basics of robotics (concepts, history and development of robotics).
  • 2. Use of robots in practice (industry, army, medicine, cosmonautics, etc.).
  • 3. Robot sensors (sensors, cameras, etc.) and robot actuators and other hardware (servomotors, GPS modules, gyroscopes, etc.).
  • 4. Basic boards with accessories designed to process inputs and generate outputs for the operation of actuators and robot programming.
  • 5. Humanoid robots ("robots resembling humans with their sensors and actuators").
  • 6. Automotive robots (moving on wheels or tracks).
  • 7. USV, robots exploring the surface of the surface, or underwater robots.
  • 8. Flying robots (single-rotor or twin-rotor helicopters, quadrocopters)
  • 9. UAV, classification of UAV platforms, UAV platforms and safety.
  • 10. UAV mechanical structure and mechanical components, electro-mechanical components, remote control, wiring, functions and applications.
  • 11. Basic algorithms used in robotics (e.g. Breitenberg's algorithm for moving a robot in space, basic algorithms for the behavior of a community of robots (agents).
  • 12. Application of robots and drones in environmental monitoring.
    required literature
  • Novák, D.: UAV autonomous systems
    recommended literature
  • VÁŇA, V. ARM pro začátečníky. Praha, 2009. ISBN 978-80-7300-246-6.
  • SIEGWART, R., NOURBAKHSH, I. ntroduction to autonomous mobile robots. MIT, 2004. ISBN 978-0-262-19502-.
  • Doporučená: ZELINKA, I. Umělá inteligence: Hrozba nebo naděje?. Praha, 2003. ISBN 80-7300-068-7. Informace ke kombinované nebo distanční formě Rozsah konzultací
  • NOVÁK, P. Mobilní roboty. Praha, 2005. ISBN 80-7300-141-1.
  • ARKIN, R. Behavior-Based Robotics (Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Agents). MIT, 1998. ISBN 978-0-262-01165-5.
  • VALAVANIS, K. P. Advances in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: State of the Art and the Road to Autonomy In: Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering. Berlin, 2007. ISBN 978-1-4020-6.
  • BEKEY, G. Autonomous robots: from biological inspiration to implementation and control. MIT, 2005. ISBN 978-0-262-02578- 2.
  • NONAMI, K., KENDOUL, F., SUZUKI, S., WANG, W., NAKAZAWA, D. Autonomus Flying Robots, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Micro Aerial Vehicles. Berlin, 2010. ISBN 978-4-431-53855-4.
Teaching methods
1. theoretical lectures
2. laboratory excersises
Assessment methods
Active participation in exercises and solving all homeworks. Students demonstrate knowledge and overview of Robotics in the scope of lectures (examination in the subject).
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms winter 2020, winter 2021.
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