Welcome to 16-311 Spring 2014!


Descriptive
Blurb:
This course presents an overview of robotics in practice and research with topics including vision, motion planning, mobile mechanisms, kinematics, inverse kinematics, and sensors.

In course projects, students construct robots which are driven by a microcontroller, with each project reinforcing the basic principles developed in lectures. Students usually work in teams of three: an electrical engineer, a mechanical engineer, and a computer scientist.

This course will also expose students to some of the contemporary happenings in robotics, including current robotics research, applications, robot contests and robot web surfing.

Who should take
this class:
Juniors, seniors, and advanced sophomores interested in robotics. Familiarity with programming and basic calculus is required. Students should also know or plan to learn the following.

Locations and times:
Lecture: Monday & Wednesday
10:30am-11:50am
NSH 3002
Recitation: Tuesday
3:30pm-4:20pm
SH 125
Lab: Times TBA
Robotics Education Laboratory
NSH 3206

Communication:
Email: 16311-sp14-tas@lists.andrew

Personnel:
Prof. Howie Choset

choset@cs
NSH 3211, 268-2495

Peggy Martin
(Howie's secretary)

pm1e@andrew
NSH 3218

Humphrey Hu
(Head TA)

humhu@cmu
NSH 4225

Lab TAs:

Kedar Amladi
Trevor Decker
Joon-Hyuk Han
Melissa Mann
Hugo Ponte
Alimpon Sinha
Margaret Toebes
Andrew Willig
Eric Wise
Josh Yu

kamladi@gm
tdecker@andrew
joonhyu1@andrew
mlmann@andrew
hponte@andrew
alimpon.sinha@gm
margaret@t
andrew.willig@gm
ecwise@andrew
jyu@cmu

gm = gmail.com; andrew = andrew.cmu.edu; t = toebes.com; cmu = cmu.edu

Teams:
Team Contract

Text:
Robotics, Vision, and Control, Peter Corke, Springer, 2011.

The text is not required for the course, but can serve as a reference.

Related Texts:
Introduction to Robotics, John J. Craig, Addison-Wesley Publishing, Inc., 1989.

Machine Vision, D.H. Ballard and C.M. Brown, Prentice-Hall, 1982.

Robot Motion Planning, J.C. Latombe, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1991.

Introduction to Robotics, P. J. McKerrow, ISBN: 0201182408

Homework 
Assignments will be distributed via the web. Hard copies will not be distributed in class. Assignments are due at the specified dates and times. Late assignments will not be accepted for grading under any condition.

All group members must be present for demos. A student not present for the demo will receive a zero, unconditionally. If all assignments have been handed in by the end of the semester (on-time or late), the lowest grade will be dropped. (Homeworks 1 and 2 will not be dropped.)

Labs:
Self-paced collaborative lab projects will compliment the weekly lectures of Introduction to Robotics. Whereas the lectures emphasize the underlying math and algorithms of each sub-discipline of robotics, the projects will emphasize the pragmatic facets of implementing robotic and mechatronic devices. The labs give students an education that go well beyond robotics into fields like control, embedded systems, programming, signal processing, interfacing, and electronics.

Grading:
60% Homeworks
15% Midterm
25% Final

Grades will be posted on the CMU Blackboard

Lectures:
No student may record or tape any classroom activity without the express written consent of Howie Choset. If a student needs to record or tape classroom activities, the student should contact the Office of Disability Resources to request an appropriate accommodation.

Last updated 01/05/2014 by Humphrey Hu
(c) 1999-2014: Howie Choset, Carnegie Mellon