1 months
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


This Robotics - Computational Motion Planning offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Pennsylvania is part of Robotics Specialization.

Visit the official programme website for more information


Robotic systems typically include three components: a mechanism which is capable of exerting forces and torques on the environment, a perception system for sensing the world and a decision and control system which modulates the robot's behavior to achieve the desired ends.  In this course we will consider the problem of how a robot decides what to do to achieve its goals. 

This problem is often referred to as Motion Planning and it has been formulated in various ways to model different situations.  You will learn some of the most common approaches to addressing this problem including graph-based methods, randomized planners and artificial potential fields.  

Throughout the Robotics - Computational Motion Planning offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Pennsylvania, we will discuss the aspects of the problem that make planning challenging.

Skills You Will Gain

  • Motion Planning
  • Automated Planning And Scheduling
  • A* Search Algorithm
  • Matlab

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction and Graph-based Plan Methods
  • Configuration Space
  • Sampling-based Planning Methods
  • Artificial Potential Field Methods

Details on Coursera Plus:

  • Learn Anything: Explore any interest or trending topic, take prerequisites, and advance your skills
  • Save money: Spend less money on your learning if you plan to take multiple courses this year
  • Flexible Learning: Learn at your own pace, move between multiple courses, or switch to a different course
  • Unlimited Certificates: Earn a certificate for every learning program that you complete at no additional cost

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 1 months

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Tuition Fee

You can choose from hundreds of free courses, or get a degree or certificate at a breakthrough price. You can now select Coursera Plus, an annual subscription that provides unlimited access.

Visit official programme website


Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Fresh content

Updated in the last year

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

Our partners

Robotics - Computational Motion Planning


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!