16-264: Humanoids
Spring 2015
Instructors: Chris Atkeson, cga at cmu
TA: Allison Funkhouser, afunkhou at andrew
Time: TR 3-4:20PM Place: NSH 3002 Units: 12

Events of interest

Ex Machina (movie) opens April 10.

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 19. Send email to Chris and Allison: 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: Due Jan 20. Watch a movie or TV show or read a book that has a significant humanoid robot character. Be prepared to discuss this character in class. Current movies: Big Hero 6 and Interstellar.
  • Assignment 2: Inverse Kinematics: Due Feb 11.
  • Assignment 3: Vision: Due Mar 4.
  • Assignment 4: Animation: Due ?.


* means with high probability it could turn into a summer job.
  • * Build a soft robot and control it. See my web pages on soft robots
  • * Build Baymax
  • * Build a "robot theater/diorama" for STEAM education.
  • * Help me build a sensor network for the Sarcos humanoid.
  • * Build a prototype robot skin (with CGA help).
  • * Figure out how to make the Robotis-Mini (Darwin) useful to the course.
  • Get a microprocessor to do something involving the real world (sensing or actuation). *Get an Intel Edison working.
  • 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.

Things to Think About

Info on Humanoids



Other Humanoids Courses (mostly graduate) and Research Groups

Course Poster, suitable for framing.