Lectures and Labs
- First 4 weeks
- Lectures: technical content
- Introduction to Robotics
- Mechanics (motors, wheels, gears, etc.)
- Labs: build increasingly difficult robots using Lego Mindstorms.
- End of 4th week: first project presentation. During lab (Th),
15 min + 5 min questions per team. Videotaped. Discussion
with each team, feedback from the "review panel" and professors.
- Weeks 5-end.
- Lecture time period:
- 1/2 time or more, general Engineering topics:
ethics, patents, library/web
searches, writing a proposal, doing a presentation.
- 1/2 time or less: technical lectures, more advanced
topics on robotics (may be supported by videos) or
support topics (how to make a web page, create images and
QuickTime movies to insert in the final presentation).
- A few field trips.
- A few invited talks (Mars Rover, Failure).
- Advanced robotics projects using the Handyboard.
- Soldering, more sensors (including sonar), programming in C, etc.
- Preliminary progress presentation, mid November.
- In-house Final presentation, last lab, Th Dec 9.
- Final presentation, with outside review panel
(if different projects);
OR: contest (if all do the same project).
last day of classes (Tu, Dec. 14).
Project format to be decided. Two options.
- Each student makes a project proposal. Each presentation takes the
proposal one step further and goals are adjusted. No two projects alike,
- Choose a topic (e.g. Fire-fighting robot). Each team implements the same
type of robot, and there is a contest in the end. Each presentation
reviews and readjusts the goals (e.g.: touch or do not touch the walls of the
maze? how to blow up the candle; "free" navigation, or following a
"black line" on the floor? human help?).
Last updated May 26, 1999.