Mr Hari Lakshman R B – School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore, conducts detailed sessions that elaborate on the history and fundamentals of robotics. Talking about how robots have evolved over time, he also explains how the basic functions of robots have changed with technology and how do current robots operate. He also familiarises the audience with the basic principles of robotics.

Diving deep into robot functioning, Mr Hari speaks about various components that are a part of robots. He emphasises on the role of robots in simplifying processes that also enhance the quality of output and cut down the chance of errors, even with round-the-clock operations. Due to this, there are many applications and types of robots used to meet various industrial requirements. He also explains all associated components of different types of robots.

He then moves on to a significant sector of the robotics industry – Robo Mechanics. With the help of robo-mechanics, an industrial robot functions according to a set of pre-defined mechanical applications, mimicking human action. It is the combination of robotics and mechanical working that together gives way to complex systems like articulated robots.

While discussing various components of robots, Mr Hari explains about manipulators and their use in robotic systems. Also, he details the components of a robot and explains how manipulators function with in-depth information on how it is designed into a robot. He also details the key roles that a manipulator plays in the operation of a robot, in all phases like modelling, design, kinematics etc. Other components that play significant roles are actuators and sensors. They carry out a huge portion of the operations of a robot. Sensors help in identifying, responding and generating human-like actions and actuators help the movement of the robotic joints to help carry out necessary functions.

Moving on to the programming aspect, Mr Hari moves to Arduino and how it is used to program a robot. Programming is the stage that is done just before the robot starts operating and requires an in-depth understanding of the microprocessors and controllers used in the system.

He also explains the significance of Artificial Intelligence and in all evolving fields of technology in combination with robotics. The combination of robotic and AI systems is widely used in healthcare, space exploration, self-driving cars, e-commerce and businesses the world over. This is further complemented by Machine Learning and neural networks, which helps predict and derive inferences or classify data. Lastly, he explains on a free online tool Tinkercad that can help robotic engineers with 3D modelling or CAD to plan, design and create circuits. With an easy-to-use interface, this tool can be accessed to develop 3D circuit models.

History & Fundamentals of Robotics

Mr Hari Lakshman R B – School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore, elaborates in detail about the history and fundamentals of robotics. He also talks about how robots' function and the basic principles of robotics.

Components, Applications & Types of Robots

Mr Hari talks about how robots not only help to simplify process but also help to improve quality and reduce errors, even while operating 24*7. Hence, the applications and types of robots used to fulfil these requirements are many. He also details about various components of different types of robots.

Introduction to Robot Mechanics

An industrial robot performs a set of pre-defined mechanical functions, explains Mr Hari. He adds on how the combination of robotics and mechanical working can bring about functional robots like articulated robots.

Types of Manipulators & their Designs

Mr Hari breaks down the components of a robot and explains how manipulators function and how is it designed into a robot. He also details about the key roles that a manipulator plays in the operation of a robot, like modelling, design, kinematics etc.

Actuators & Sensors

Mr Hari also explains on the crucial role that actuators and sensors perform in the operation of a robot. Sensors help in identifying, responding and mimicking human actions while actuators help the movement of the robotic joints to perform necessary functions.

Introduction to Arduino & Programming Using Code Blocks

Mr Hari sheds some light on what is Arduino and how it is used to program a robot. Programming is the final stage and needs in-depth knowledge about the micro-processors and controllers used in the system, he adds.

Introduction to AI

Mr Hari introduces Artificial Intelligence and highlights on its importance in all emerging fields of technology in combination with robotics. AI finds applications in all sectors right from healthcare, space exploration, self-driving cars, e-commerce and businesses world over, he adds.

Introduction to Machine Learning & Neural Networks

Enabling machines to predict and derive inferences or classify data is what the technology of machine learning revolves around, details Mr Hari. A subset of Artificial Intelligence, ML and neural networks enable robotics also to a great extent, he adds.

Introduction to Autodesk Tinkercad

Tinkercad is an online 3D modelling or CAD program that helps engineers and students' world over to plan, design and create circuits, says Mr Hari. He elaborates on how easily this free online tool can be accessed to develop 3D circuit models.