15-494 Cognitive Robotics
Spring 2009
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15-494 Cognitive Robotics

Spring 2009

David S. Touretzky
Wean Hall 8128
Leigh Ann Sudol
Wean Hall 5117

Times and Locations

Lecture: Mon/Wed 3:30 to 4:20 in Wean Hall 5320
Lab: Fri 3:00 to 4:20 in NSH 3206 (Robotics Education Lab, Newell-Simon Hall, x8-5561)

Lecture Schedule and Syllabus

Course home page: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/afs/cs/academic/class/15494-s09

Some Tekkotsu drills to test your knowledge

List of lab machines, and ssh instructions: see Homeworks page


Cognitive robotics is a new approach to robot programming based on high level primitives for perception and action. These primitives draw inspiration from ideas in cognitive science, such as visual routines, dual coding theory, and affordances. Students will experiment with these primitives and help develop new ones using the Tekkotsu software framework on the Chiara, a new robot created at Carnegie Mellon. Prior robotics experience is not necessary, but strong programming skills are required.

Final projects from 2009, 2008, and 2007 (Cool stuff!)


Labs/homeworks 25%; midterm exam 25%; final exam 25%; course project & presentation 25%.

Final Project Suggestions

A list of suggested final projects is available.

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