15-494 Cognitive Robotics
Spring 2012
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15-494 Cognitive Robotics

Spring 2012

David S. Touretzky
GHC 9013
Phone: x8-7561
         Teaching Assistant:
Nan Li
GHC 6505
Phone: x8-3046

Times and Locations

Lecture: Mon/Wed 3:30 to 4:20 in GHC 4101
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-s11

Some Tekkotsu drills to test your knowledge

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

Final projects for 2012


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 combined with state of the art robotics algorithms. Students will experiment with these primitives and help develop new ones using the Tekkotsu software framework on the Calliope robot, which includes a 5 degree-of-freedom arm with gripper, a Kinect camera on a pan/tilt mount, and Ubuntu Linux on a dual-core on-board netbook. Prior robotics experience is not necessary, but strong programming skills are required.


Labs/homeworks 35%; midterm exam 25%; course project & presentation 40%.

Final projects from 2011 (partial), 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007 (Cool stuff!)