COMPSCI 403 Robotics, Spring 2018

Course Description

This course covers basic methods and concepts in order to explain how robots work. We will study how they sense things in the world, how you make a robot move, and how robots can make their own decisions. We will study mechanisms (kinematics and dynamics), actuators, sensors (with a focus on machine vision), signal processing, feedback control theory, machine learning, and path planning. Students will build software systems for simulated robots and logged control, image processing, and path planning to reinforce the material presented in class.

Prerequisites: MATH 235 or 236 and COMPSCI 220 or 230

Lectures: Tuesdays, Thursdays, 10:00-11:15AM, Goessmann Lab Addtn Rm 51

Instructor: Joydeep Biswas, joydeepb+403 [at] cs [dot] umass [dot] edu, Office Hours: Wednesdays, 9:00-10:00AM, CS238

Teaching Assistant: Tiffany Liu, tliu [at] cs [dot] umass [dot] edu, Office Hours: Thursdays, 1:30-3:30PM, LGRT T220

Assignments, Lecture Slides, Lecture Notes: Moodle (COMPSCI 403 S'18)

Discussions, Announcements: Piazza (COMPSCI 403 S'18)


Honors Section

The honors section of the class will meet on Tuesdays at 2:30PM in CS 140. Materials for the honors section will be posted to the shared UMass Drive: Link


Grades will be evaluated based on assignments, scribing notes, and a final project. There will be 7 assignments, accounting for 70% of the class grade, and the project will account for 25% of the class grade. The scribing duties will account for 5% of your grade.

Late Policy:
All assignments are due at 11:55PM on the day listed on the course schedule. All (typed) scribing notes are due 1 week from the lecture at 11:55PM. You may use a total of five late days in any combination over all the assignments without penalty. Late assignments will be determined by their submission time on Moodle. After the late days are used up, the value of the assignment decreases by 10% for every additional day taken. Additional days are computed by rounding up: for example, 2 minutes late, 2 hours late, and 23 hours late all count as one late day. Submissions close 5 days after the listed due date.

Academic Honesty and Collaboration Policy:
Unless otherwise noted, all assignments submitted by you, including your writeup and code, must be your own, coded by you, formulated by you, and explained by you. You may discuss the general topics of the course and the assignment problems with anyone, however, the solution you turn in must be based entirely on your understanding of the problem. As a rule of thumb, to distinguish discussion from plagiarism, feel free to discuss problems verbally or via temporary written means (e.g. whiteboard) but do not share any written matter or code. On each assignment, you must list all collaborators and people you have discussed the assignment with and credit all sources.

We follow the university's Academic Honesty Policy and Procedures.