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Course content

The mechanical structure of robots as well as the spatial description and transforms of the robot, kinematic and inverse kinematic equations for different robotic structures, simple control theory, applications for robotic systems, laboratory practice to learn simple robot programming.

Learning outcome

The candidate should after this cource know different applications of robotic systems, be able to describe mechanical robotic structures and systems. They should also be familiar with the matematics involved and be able to do path generation and control of simple robotic systems.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 or Mathematics (S1+S2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies. Read more about special admission requirements (in Norwegian).

Recommended previous knowledge

Some experience with handling matrix calculations e.g. from MAT1100/MAT1001.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with INF4380 – Introduction to robotics (continued)


2 hours of lectures and possible to attend 2 hours of assignment training per week. Mandatory assignments must be completed during the course. Rules for mandatory assignments.


A 4 hour written exam. The mandatory assignments must be approved prior the exam.

Examination support material

It is allowed to use the studybook Robot Modeling and Control by Mark W. Spong, Seth Hutchinson, M. Vidyasagar, 2005. Wiley.; "Matematisk formelsamling" ("Collection of mathematical formulas") by Rottman and and an approved calculator.

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.

Explanations and appeals

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.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.


It is strongly recommended to attend the first lecture since it will be given important information.

Facts about this course






Every spring


Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)