Course Unit Profile

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Basic Information


Course Unit Code: 278II

Level of course unit

degree programme in robotics and automation engineering

Year of study

Second year

Semester when the course is delivered

Second semester

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 6

Name of Lecturer(s):

Prof.: Lorenzo Pollini

Language of instruction


General Information

Learning outcomes

The student who successfully completes the course will have the ability to analyze and design guidance and navigation systems; in particular with respect to inertial navigation system, integrated navigation systems and guidance systems for unmanned vehicles. The student will also be able to demonstrate a solid knowledge of inertial instruments like accelerometers, gyroscopes both in their classical configuration then in modern MEMS technology.

Course contents

The specific topics of the course are: the principles of navigation by inertial, celestial, and radio (including GPS) methods, the principles of guidance and control of 6-DOF motion, the characteristics and noise models of sensors, and the dynamic behavior of controlled and guided systems. Particular emphasis is given to integrated navigation systems and guidance techniques for unmanned vehicles. Tools acquired during the course: kinematics and dynamics of 6-DOF motion, inertial sensors (gyroscope and accelerometers) modeling and mechanization, GPS and GNSS navigation, principles of Geodesy and the WGS-84 datum, probability, random processes, and the Kalman Filter, classical and advanced guidance techniques, path planning and trajectory tracking.

Specific Information

Prerequisites, co-requisites, as a prerequisite for further study





Prerequisite for


Mode of delivery


face to face


Not mandatory

Teaching methods

Learning activities

Recommended or required reading

Recommended reading includes the following books:
- Zarchan Paul, Tactical and Strategic Missile Guidance, AIAA Progress in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Vol. 199, 2002.
- Lin Ching Fang, Modern Navigation, Guidance, and Control Processing, Prentice Hall, 1991.
- Fossen Thor, Guidance and Control of Ocean Vehicles, John Wiley & Sons, 1995.
- Fossen Thor, Marine Control Systems, Marine Cybernetics 2003.
- Rogers Robert, Applied Mathematics in Integrated Navigation Systems, AIAA Education Series, 2000.
- Titterton and Weston, Strapdown Inertial Navigation Technology, Peter Peregrinus Ltd, 1997.

Assessment methods and criteria

Assessment methods

Assessment criteria

The student will be assessed on his/her demonstrated ability to discuss the main course contents using the appropriate terminology. In addition the student will prepare a written report on an implementation/practical topic assigned him/her at the end of the year. The student will then discuss orally the report and must demonstrate the ability to put into practice and to execute, with critical awareness, the activities illustrated or carried.

Work placement


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