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91.549 Mobile Robotics - Fall 2006


  • Final project presentations will be given in class on Thursday, 21 December.
  • If you want to install Pyro on your computer, click here for information on how to do this.
  • You can also download a Knoppix CD for running Pyro on an Intel architecture computer here

Class Meetings

Thursdays, 5:30-8:00
Olsen 401

Office Hours

Tuesdays 10:00-11:15
Thursdays 1:00-3:00
and by appointment

Handouts and Readings

12/7/06: Other Topics in Robotics (Readings for 14 December)

11/30/06: Assistive Technology (Redings for 7 December)

11/16/06: Human-Robot Interaction (Readings for 30 November)

  • A Survey of Socially Interactive Robots, Terrance Fong, Illah Nourbakhsh and Kerstin Dautenhahn, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 42(3-4), pages 143-166, 2003.
  • MINERVA: A Second Generation Mobile Tour-Guide Robot, Sebatian Thrun, Maren Bennewitz, Wolfram Burgard, Armin B. Cremers, Frank Dellaert, Dieter Fox, Dirk Haehnel, Charles Rosenberg, Nicholas Roy, Jamieson Schulte, and Dirk Schulz, Proceedings, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 10-15 May 1999.
  • Roball, the Rolling Robot, Francois Michaud and Serge Caron, Autonomous Robots, 12(2), pages 211-222, 2002.
  • Analysis of Human-Robot Interaction for Urban Search and Rescue. Holly A. Yanco, Michael Baker, Robert Casey, Brenden Keyes, Philip Thoren, Jill L. Drury, Douglas Few, Curtis Nielsen and David Bruemmer. Proceedings of the IEEE International Workshop on Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD, August 22-24, 2006.

11/9/06: Multi-Agent Robotics (Readings for 16 November)

11/2/06: Genetic Algorithms and Neural Networks (Readings for 9 November)

10/26/06: Reinforcement Learning (Readings for 2 November)

10/19/06: Mapping and Localization (Readings for 26 October)

10/5/06: Vision (Readings for 12 October)

9/21/06: Autonomy (Readings for 5 October)

9/14/06: Architectures and Lab 1 (Readings for 21 September)

9/7/06:Introduction (Readings for 14 September)

  • Syllabus
  • Lecture Notes
  • "Intelligence Without Reason," Rodney A. Brooks, Proceedings of 12th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-91), Sydney, Australia, pages 569-595, August 1991.
  • "Modeling Adaptive Autonomous Agents," Pattie Maes, Artificial Life, 1(1-2), MIT Press, pages 135-162, 1994.
  • "Totem, Toys and Tools (Chapter 5)", The Living Brain, W. Grey Walter, Penguin Books, 1961. Also the appendices.
  • Vehicles, Chapters 1-8, Valentino Braitenberg, MIT Press, 1986.