CS 2951-A

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CS2951-A Robots for Education

Spring Semester 2011

Instructor: Prof. Chad Jenkins

M 3:00-5:20

CIT 345

Course description: http://www.cs.brown.edu/courses/csci2951-a.html

Website: http://brown-robotics.org/index.php?title=CS_2951-A

Mailing list robotics-seminar@lists.cs.brown.edu


This seminar will explore the potential for robotics to engage future generations of scientists and engineers, with a particular focus on broadening participation in computing across society. Academic papers describing existing models, systems, courses, and evaluation for teaching robotics at undergraduate and secondary levels will be covered through students presentations. Group projects will be conducted to find viable and accessible "off-the-shelf" technology solutions suited to teaching robotics without requiring a technical background. Instructor permission required.


Grading for individual enrolled students is broken down as follows:

  • 30% Attendance and participation
  • 30% Topic area presentation
  • 40% Contribution towards projects

Students are expected to:

  • attend all class meetings (unless an exception is given beforehand)
  • actively participate in discussion
  • research existing work in at least one course topic area and present this material to the class
  • significantly contribute towards the development and implemenation of a final project

Students are expected to send summaries of papers they are not presenting to the course mailing list (cs295-z@list) prior to the corresponding class meeting.

For paper presentations, student presenters must have a rough draft prepared and consult with the instructor at least 2 days before the presentation date.

Tentative schedule

Each class meeting will consist of 2 paper presentations given by students. This should take between 1-2 hours. The remaining time will be devoted to a collaborative hacking session to prototype, implement, and evaluate new ideas.

Course Topics

1/30 Course Overview

2/7 2/14 2/21 2/28 3/7 3/14 3/21 3/28 4/4 4/11 4/18 4/25 5/2 5/9

Platforms: Scribbler/Myro

Institute for Personal Robotics (GT, Bryn Mawr)

Competitions: Botball

Competitions: FIRST Robotics

Competitions: RoboCup

RoboCup Junior

Platforms: LEGO Mindstorms

First Lego League

Platforms: Artbotics (UMass-Lowell)

Programming: Tangible Programming

tern (tufts)

Programming: Visual Programming

Alice (CMU) Scratch (MIT)

Visual Programming for Robots

PREOP (Alabama)

Robot Middleware: Tekkotsu

Robot Middleware: PR2 Remote Lab

Robot Middleware: ROS, rosjs

Robot Middleware: YARP

Events: National Robotics Week

Upper-level Robotics Courses

cs148 (Brown) cs154 (HMC) cs196s (Duke)

Platforms: Cellbots

Survey: Telepresence Robots

Texai (WG) QB (Anybots) Vgo Ava (irobot) Giraffe (Headthere) Telenoid/Actroid (Ishiguro) MeBot (MIT) Terk (CMU) Tilr (RoboDynamics) Jazz Connect (Gostai) MantaroBot


spark (irobot) Robotics Academy (CMU)