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Course content

In this course you will get an introduction to robotics. You will learn about the mechanical structure of robots, the spatial description of the robots and transformations. The course also deals with kinematic and inverse kinematic equations for different robot systems, simple control techniques and control of robot systems, as well as the application areas of robot technology. You will conduct laboratory exercises to learn how to program simple robot controls.

Learning outcome

After taking IN4140 you'll:

  • have knowledge of different areas of application for robot systems and how they are structured.
  • have mastered the mathematics involved in kinematics, dynamics and control of simple robot systems.
  • be able to select a robot configuration according to application, and create an operating system for simple robot systems
  • have an understanding of the importance of robots in society
  • have knowledge of sensor control of robot systems based on power measurements and camera

Admission to the course

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

The course presuppose knowledge corresponding to Physics-1 and -2, as well as Mathematics R1 and R2 from Norwegian upper secondary school. Some experience with matrix calculation is desirable, such as from MAT1100/MAT1001.

Overlapping courses


2 hours of lectures per week, with the possibility of 2 hours of calculation exercises per week as well. Completion of mandatory tasks is required. More information regarding mandatory assignments and hand-ins at IFI.


4 hours final written digital exam. All mandatory assignments must be approved prior to the exam.

It will also be counted as one of your three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses:: IN3140 – Introduction to Robotics, INF4380 – Introduction to robotics (continued), INF3480 – Introduction to robotics (continued)

Examination support material

It is permitted to use the textbook Robot Modeling and Control, Mark W. Spong, Seth Hutchinson, M. Vidyasagar, 2005. Wiley; Formelsamling, Rottman and approved calculator.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Aug. 20, 2022 7:25:33 AM

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Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)