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COTS Bots: Skunk Works Robotics

Course Description: Designing, building and programming of robots using Commercial Off-The Shelf (COTS) design principles. Material will include an introduction to microcontrollers and sensors, mobile device programming, and intelligence behaviors: search, basic image processing, selected topics in machine learning.

Total Credits: 3

Prereq: Senior or Graduate Standing

Textbook: None. Research papers selected from the professional literature will be used.

Major Topics Covered

  • COTS principles and COTSBot design
  • Microcontrollers and Arduino programming
  • Sensors, analog and digital calibration
  • Eclipse and Android programming/Objective-C and iPhone programming
  • Image processing
  • Path finding
  • Obstacle avoidance
  • Object recognition
  • Simultaneous location and mapping (SLAM)