The aim of the subject is to transmit to the students knowledge about outdoor robots. Contrary to manufacturing robots, which work in closed spaces, field robots operate in open and normally unstructured environments. This fact leads to rethink the issues of control, planning and decision making. The robots that will be studied will be those that will focus on the maintenance and inspection of civil structures: roads, bridges, ports, tunnels, lighting systems, etc. Special attention will be given to mining and its surveillance and inspection systems.
The typology of the robóts to study will be very wide: mobile robots, climbing robots, specific drones, crawler robots, snake-type robots, underwater robots, etc. Both its design and its control will be studied, as well as its sensory systems. In this regard, the sensors used are not limited to cameras, it include location sensors both outdoors and under the ground and under water, ultrasound sensors, infrared cameras, etc.