Alessandro De Luca

Robotics 1

Prof. Alessandro De Luca
Dipartimento di Ingegneria informatica, automatica e gestionale Antonio Ruberti (DIAG)
Sapienza Università di Roma
Via Ariosto 25, 00185 Roma, Italy
office: A-210
tel: +39 06 77274 052
email: deluca [at] diag [dot] uniroma1 [dot] it

Academic year 2017/18 (first semester)

Video recordings of the 30 lectures given in class during the previous academic year 2014-15 are available in the Robotics 1 playlist of the Video DIAG - Sapienza YouTube channel. Please note that these are traditional lectures with the use of multimedia material, not prepared on purpose for an online offering (differently from MOOC courses).

Course material
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Aims: This course provides the basic tools for the kinematic analysis, trajectory planning, and programming of motion tasks for robot manipulators in industrial and service environments.

Contents: Typical robotic systems are illustrated through examples of manipulators and mobile-base robots in industrial and service applications. The basic functional components of a robot are presented: mechanics for manipulation, actuators, proprio- and exteroceptive sensing devices, control architecture, and programming. Direct, inverse, and differential kinematic models of robot manipulators are analyzed. Trajectory planning methods both in the joint and in the task (Cartesian) space are then explored. Simple control schemes are introduced, including kinematic control for robot arms and decentralized dynamic control for the single axes of a manipulator.

Prerequisites: The course is self-contained and does not need special prerequisites. Still, elementary knowledge of kinematics (as given in an undergraduate Physics course) and some background in Automatic Control are useful. The course is introductory (and mandatory) for the advanced courses Robotics 2 and Autonomous and Mobile Robotics, which are offered during the second semester.

Courses of study: M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (MARR), M.Sc. in Control Engineering (MCER)

ECTS Credits: 6 credits

Exams: written part + oral examination


Period: first semester (September-December 2017; about 12 weeks)
Begin: Monday, October 2, 2017
End: Monday, December 18, 2017


Monday 08:00-10:00 (room B2, DIAG, Via Ariosto 25)
Friday 10:00-13:00 (room B2; DIAG, Via Ariosto 25)

Distribution of students according to the course of study:

A.A. 2017/18: 56 MARR (21 international students), 32 MCER (23), 3 other Sapienza (-), 10 Erasmus (international); Total: 101 students (71 present at first lecture)
A.A. 2016/17: 54 MARR (12 international students), 26 MCER (14), 2 other Sapienza (1), 1 MINR, 9 Erasmus (international); Total: 92 students (71 present at first lecture)
A.A. 2015/16: 46 MARR (13 international students), 24 MCER (12), 2 BIAR, 1 BSIR, 8 Erasmus (international), 1 PhD student; Total: 82 students (62 present at first lecture)
A.A. 2014/15: 21 MARR (6 international students), 40 BIAR (3), 12 MCER (7), 4 MINR (2), 1 BSIR, 1 Physics, 8 Erasmus (international); Total: 87 students (76 present at first lecture)
A.A. 2013/14: 32 MARR (14 international students), 33 BIAR (3), 5 MCER, 4 MELR, 4 BAER (1), 2 MINR (1), 1 BMER, 1 BCLR, 3 Erasmus (international); Total: 85 students (71 present at first lecture)
A.A. 2012/13: 31 MARR (6 international students), 22 BIAR (1), 5 MELR (1), 4 BAER, 3 MINR (1), 8 Erasmus (international), 2 extra, 1 LAUR; Total: 76 students (74 present at first lecture)
A.A. 2011/12: 32 MARR (14 international students), 24 BIAR, 4 MELR (1), 3 MCE (1), 1 MINR (1), 1 BSIR (1); Total: 65 students (54 present at first lecture)
A.A. 2010/11: 28 MARR (6 international students), 12 LAUR/BIAR, 9 MELR, 2 Erasmus (international), 1 MMER; Total: 52 students (44 present at first lecture)
A.A. 2009/10: 19 MARR (2 international students), 4 MINR (2), 1 BIAR; Total: 24 students (24 present at first lecture)
A.A. 2008/09: 6 MINR (3 international students), 2 LAUR; Total: 8 students (4 present at first lecture)

Course material

The textbook for Robotics 1 is:

B. Siciliano, L. Sciavicco, L. Villani, G. Oriolo
"Robotics: Modelling, Planning and Control", 3rd Edition, Springer, 2009

Download the Errata Corrige for this book.

Only selected chapters are part of the course program, but this book is a perfect reference also for further studies. Other course material (PDF of the lecture slides, technical papers, data sheets, videos, texts of exams (with or without solution), exercises) is available in this page (requires Acrobat Reader 7.0 or later).

Registration to exams

Please register to exams via the web site Infostud, using your student ID ("matricola") and password. Choose the course name in the list with the correct number of credits. The same procedure applies also to incoming Erasmus+ and Erasmus Mundus students.

I usually open sessions only for the following exams: Robotics I (code 1023235, 6 credits), Robotica I (code 1027891, 6 credits), Robotics (code 1027894, 6 credits), and Robotica (code 1023234, 6 credits). For any other situation please contact me in advance.

Registrations to exams for all sessions of the academic year 2017/18 are open on Infostud since October 26, 2017:

Last update: November 25, 2017