GE1314 - Ironman: The Art and Science of Robots in Our Society

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Electrical Engineering
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
GE Area
Area 3: Science and Technology
Course Offering Term*:
Semester A 2022/23

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

We can find Robots in many different places around us from the outer space walker, Amazon warehouse robot,  diving rescue robot, house-keeping robot, to military autonomous robots. This course introduces robotic autonomous technology, from different perspectives,  for example how do we design a robot, what is the science behind a robot, how does it receive and react, what is the social and ethical implications between man and Artificial intelligence (AI), in an elementary level treatment. Students who enrol this course will participate the building and demonstration of a creative imaginable robot using the LEGO MINDSTORM tool, and in-class discussions. Moreover, the basic engineering knowledge, the fundamental science theory of robot, and the ethical issues about using robot and AI will be all covered. Students will be assessed by assignments, tests, and project presentation to demonstrate their acquired knowledge. It is an introductory course to enrich students’ creativity and personal development, and to provide students a brief understanding about the robotic AI technology. 
This course aims to enhance the appreciation of the technology development and human applications on AI robots. The interactions available in the past, till today and tomorrow between human and robot will be discussed. On one hand, the technology enabling the movement, robotic vision, artificial intelligence and sense will be all covered in this course. On the other hand, the social implication of using robots and eventually replacing some tedious and dangerous human tasks will also be discussed. Students who enrol to this course will be able to give interdisciplinary comments on the impact of robots to mankind. 

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 50%
Examination: 50%
Examination Duration: 2 hours
Remark: To pass the course, students are required to achieve at least 30% in the continuous assessment and 30% in the examination
Detailed Course Information


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