16-264: Humanoids
Spring 2014
Instructors: Chris Atkeson, cga at cmu
Time: TR 3-4:20PM Place: NSH 3002 Units: 12

Events of interest

Walk, Bound, Gallop, Climb, Marc Raibert, April 10, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., Rashid Auditorium, 4401 Gates Hillman Center, Pre-registration is required.

Modeling common-sense scene understanding with probabilistic programs, Joshua B. Tenenbaum, MIT, Thursday, March 27, 2014, 4:00 p.m., 328 Mellon Institute.

HRI Talk: Designing Robots for Fluent Interaction: Movement, Form, and Function Guy Hoffman, Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 3:00pm, NSH 1305.

Talk: Understanding Human Behaviours using 2D and 3D Sensors, January 20, 2014, 3:00 - 4:00, NSH 1507

Course Description

For more information, take a look at the previous version of this course.



Ways to capture movies of your assignments

  • Assignment 0: Due Jan 20. Send email to Chris: Who are you? Done any robotics? Any project ideas? Google and send me some interesting URLs.
    Be sure your name is obvious in the email, and you mention the course name or number. We teach more than one course, and a random email from robotlover@cs.cmu.edu is hard for us to process.
  • Assignment 1: Inverse Kinematics: Due Feb 17.
  • Assignment 2: Vision: Due March 3.
  • Assignment 3: Control: Part 1 and part 2 due March 24, Part 3 due March 31.


  • Simulate something 3D in Matlab (hopping, walking, grasping, ...)
  • Simulate something 3D in ODE
  • Simulate something 3D in Gazebo
  • Develop a vision system to recognize your friends (Use a Kinect).
  • Develop a speech system for robot commands or robot interaction.
  • Train a neural net or other learning approach to do something interesting.
  • Implement some aspect of robotics that we discussed, or something that interests you.
  • Survey the state of the art in some aspect of robotics.
  • Research some topic of interest to you.
  • Get a microprocessor to do something involving the real world (sensing or actuation).
  • Build a robot kit.

Things to Think About

Info on Humanoids



Other Humanoids Courses (mostly graduate) and Research Groups

Course Poster, suitable for framing.