Mobile Robot programming

Introduction:- This course is a comprehensive hands-on introduction to the concepts and basic algorithms needed to make a mobile robot function reliably and effectively. We will work in small groups with small robots that are controlled over wireless from your laptop computers. The robots are
Neato household vacuum robots that have been converted to mini forktrucks that can move pallets from place to place just like
commercial automated guided vehicles do today. The robots are programmed in the modern MATLAB programming environment. It is a pretty easy language to learn, and a very powerful one for prototyping robotics algorithms.

You will get a lot of experience in this course in addition to some theory. Lectures are focussed on the content of the next lab. There is a lab every week and they build on each other so that a complete robot software system results. The course will culminate with an (ungraded)  class-wide robot “competition” that tests the performance of all of your code implemented in the semester. In order to succeed in the course, students must have a 2nd year science/engineering level background in mathematics (matrices, vectors, coordinate systems) and have already mastered at least one procedural programming language like C or Java. When the course is over, you will have written a single software system that has been incrementally extended in functionality and regularly debugged throughout the semester.  In order to succeed in the course, students must have a 2nd year science/engineering level background in mathematics (matrices, vectors, coordinate systems) and have already mastered at least one procedural programming language like C or Java.