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Instructor: Alonzo Kelly, NSH 3209
course is a comprehensive hands-on introduction to the concepts and
basic algorithms needed to make a mobile robot function reliably and
effectively. We will work in small groups with small robots that are
controlled over wireless from your laptop computers. The robots are
Neato household vacuum robots that have been converted to mini forktrucks that can move pallets from place to place just like
commercial automated guided vehicles do today. The robots are programmed in the modern MATLAB programming environment. It is a pretty easy language to learn, and a very powerful one for prototyping robotics algorithms.
Video: there is an introductory video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skk0eGW5MF8&feature=youtu.be
Text: There is no formal text for the course beyond the course notes.
Lectures: Usually on Thursdays. Labs on Tuesdays.
Scope:The course will ultimately implement and entire mobile robot system that can compete in the final competition. This takes up to 10,000 lines of Java code and every team always manages to make it to the competition.
Level: The course is tended for studetns who are already strong programmers who want to learn about the and implement algorithms for mobile robots.
Grading: The scores in all labs are combined into a final grade.