Robotics

( Will be updated. Last update: 18 - 2 2020 )

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Period: February 4th - April 28th 2020

Time:   Tuesday 14.15 16.00

Place:  LIACS, Room 407-409 (Workshops Room 302-304)

 

Organizers:

 

Lecturer:

Dr Erwin M. Bakker ( erwin@liacs.nl )

Room 126a and LIACS Media Lab (LML)

 

Teaching assistant:

Laduona Dai

 

NB E-mail your name and student number to erwin@liacs.nl

 

Description:
During the last decade we have seen an explosion of all kinds of robots designed for tasks that previously were deemed too challenging. Robots have evolved from robotic arms and karts that could execute repetitive or simple tasks such as painting, welding and vacuum cleaning to autonomous cars, drones and humanoid helpers that execute their tasks in much less controlled and even natural settings. For this modern robots require sophisticated adaptive capabilities.
During this course we will have a thorough look at all important aspects of the robot-architecture used in modern and state of the art robots. The use of various actuators and sensors will be studied. Algorithms for low level tasks such as movement, dead reckoning, obstacle-detection, and balancing will be presented. Intermediate level tasks such as mapping, obstacle recognition and avoidance, and more advanced modes of reckoning, navigation and object manipulation will be studied. Finally, high level tasks such as human-robot-interaction and adaptive behavior in natural environments will be studied and proto-typed using state of the art sensor analysis, computer vision and audio recognition techniques.

Course objectives
After successfully finishing the Robotics course the student:

Requirements: C, C++

Grading (6 ECTS): Presentations and Robotics Project (60% of grade). Class discussions, attendance, workshops and assignments (40% of grade). It is necessary to be at every class and to complete every workshop. If you can not be there, you must contact Dr. E.M. Bakker before class!

Materials:

 

Lecture slides and further materials will be made available on this site.

 

List of recommended books:

 

To be added

 

 

 

Schedule (tentative, visit regularly):
Date
 Subject
4-2
 Introduction and Overview
11-2
 No Class (canceled)
18-2
 Locomotion and Inverse Kinematics (will be updated) + Yetiborg Introduction
25-2
 Robotics Sensors and Image Processing +Yetiborgs Handout
3-3
 Project Proposals (presentation by students)
10-3
 Yetiborg Qualification Challenge
17-3
 Robotics Image Processing and Understanding
24-3
 Yetiborg Race
31-3
 Project Progress Report
7-4
 Robotics Reinforcement Learning
14-4
 Robotics Reinforcement Learning Workshop II
21-4
 TBA
28-4
 Project Demos (by students)

Assignments (workshops):

  1. Homework: Cool robots. (Due TBA)
  2. Homework DOF (Due TBA)
  3. Yetiborg Racing Teams (Due TBA)
  4. Project Titles+Abstract (Due TBA)
  5. SLAM Workshop I (Due TBA)
  6. Reinforcement Learning Workshop II
  7. Final Project Deliverables (Due TBA)

Project Links
  • To be added