The maturing discipline of robotics
McKee, G. T. (2006) The maturing discipline of robotics. International Journal of Engineering Education, 22 (4). pp. 692-701. ISSN 0949-149X
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The nature of the robotics discipline is changing. In turn the traditional engineering-based degree programmes that have promoted robotics as an application of engineering principles need to be supplemented with robot-centred degree programmes that reflect the diverse character of robotics, the diverse interests of students, and the diverse multi-disciplinary contributions to the robotics discipline. In this paper the nature of the change that robotics has undergone in recent years is described. An outline of the subject material of robotics, comprising robotics science and robotics engineering, is discussed The teaching of robotics degree programmes in the past has been hampered by the expense required to install and maintain a robotics teaching laboratory. Availability of online robot systems and numerous robot kits has changed this situation to some extent. However, the paper concludes that there is still a need for good educational toolkits for teaching robotics at a first degree level.
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