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Top ROB 421 APPLIED ROBOTICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Multidisciplinary teams of students design, build, and demonstrate a robotic system, including all sensing, computation, and actuation. The specific task, such as checkers-playing robots, changes each year, and is designed to be challenging for ambitious students. Robots will compete in a friendly competition at the end of the term. Lec/lab. PREREQS: College of Engineering students (pro-school or graduate students) or approval of instructor.

Top ROB 456 INTELLIGENT ROBOTS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Foundations of probabilistic reasoning for robotics. Topics include state estimation, robot motion, perception, localization and decision making under uncertainty. PREREQS: ME 373 or ME 373H or ECE 353 or CS 331

Top ROB 501 RESEARCH (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits.

Top ROB 503 THESIS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 999 credits.

Top ROB 505 READING AND CONFERENCE (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top ROB 506 PROJECTS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top ROB 507 SEMINAR (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top ROB 514 INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
A broad introduction to the field of robotics, and to the graduate Robotics program. The goal of the class is to take students with different backgrounds (mechanical engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, physics, etc.) and give them a common base in the fundamentals of robotics. A secondary goal is to introduce students to the Robotics program, and to give them some of the skills that will make them successful, both in the program and as a professional roboticist. PREREQS: Student must be enrolled in graduate Robotics Program.

Top ROB 521 APPLIED ROBOTICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Multidisciplinary teams of students design, build, and demonstrate a robotic system, including all sensing, computation, and actuation. The specific task, such as checkers-playing robots, changes each year, and is designed to be challenging for ambitious students. Robots will compete in a friendly competition at the end of the term. Lec/lab. PREREQS: College of Engineering students (pro-school or graduate students) or approval of instructor.

Top ROB 534 SEQUENTIAL DECISION MAKING IN ROBOTICS (4) 
Examines sequential decision making in robotics with a focus on motion planning and related optimization problems applied to fielded systems in marine, aerial, and ground domains. Discussions regarding both fundamental background material as well as cutting edge research in the following areas: discrete planning, sampling-based planning, planning under uncertainty, multi-robot systems, optimization, and performance guarantees.

Top ROB 537 LEARNING-BASED CONTROL (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Provides an introduction to learning systems and their application to the control of nonlinear systems. Covered topics include neural networks, reinforcement learning, and evolutionary algorithms. Includes project component in which students write a technical paper and give a conference style presentation based on their project.

Top ROB 538 AUTONOMOUS AGENTS AND MULTI-AGENT SYSTEMS (4) 
Provides an introduction to autonomous agents and multi-agent systems. In particular, it focuses on how to use agents as building blocks for different autonomous systems. Covered topics include reinforcement learning, game theory, swarms, auctions, and collectives. Because this course covers a constantly evolving field, there will be a significant paper reading component in addition to the regular lectures. Students are expected to spend at least three hours a week reading, discussing and critiquing assigned papers.

Top ROB 541 GEOMETRIC MECHANICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
An introduction to geometric methods in the analysis of dynamic systems. Using the kinematics of simple robotic systems as a motivating example, we explore topics such as manifolds and Lie groups, representations of velocity, holonomic and nonholonomic constraints, constraint curvature and response to cyclic inputs, distance metrics. PREREQS: Graduate standing, along with prior exposure to linear algebra and differential equations.

Top ROB 542 ACTUATOR DYNAMICS (4) 
Focuses on how inertia, spring compliance, and other passive dynamics affect highly dynamic, software-controlled systems. Examples include robotic manipulation tasks, robot-human interaction, CNC machines, or legged locomotion. Lec/lab. PREREQS: Graduate standing and prior courses on dynamics and control (at the discretion of the instructor) such as ME 531, ME 533, ME 535.

Top ROB 562 HUMAN CONTROL SYSTEMS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Covers mechanisms of human motor systems and control of the neuromusculoskeletal anatomy followed by functional analysis of these system components. Then all the components are integrated to study feedback control dynamics. Covers classic to modern theories of motor control, adaptation, cognitive involvement, and rehabilitation techniques. PREREQS: Basic feedback control systems, linear algebra, differential equations, or instructor permission.

Top ROB 564 SOFT ROBOTICS (4) 
Soft robotics researchers propose building intelligent machines purely out of stretchable compressible soft materials. The course is centered on term-long projects that will result in real soft robots with the goal of presenting to the international community. The topics covered include rapid digital manufacturing, soft actuators, soft sensors, soft logic, soft energy, applications of soft robotics, and modeling soft mechanics. PREREQS: Graduate standing. Seniors must contact instructor.

Top ROB 567 HUMAN ROBOT INTERACTION (4) 
The field of human-robot interaction brings together research and application of methodology from robotics, human factors, human-computer interaction, interaction design, cognitive psychology, education and other fields to enable robots to have more natural and more rewarding interactions with humans throughout their spheres of functioning. PREREQS: Recommended background in one of human factors, usability/hci, programming experience, design.

Top ROB 599 SPECIAL TOPICS (0-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 32 credits.

Top ROB 601 RESEARCH (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits.

Top ROB 603 THESIS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 999 credits.

Top ROB 605 READING AND CONFERENCE (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.



 
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