MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2013 Activities by Category - A.I. and Robotics

Open Robotics Laboratory

Michael Boulet

Enrollment: Advance sign-up Required
Sign-up by 01/04
Limited to 14 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Prereq: Please see course description

A hands-on introduction to applied robotics software programming sponsored by MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Thanks to open source robotics libraries and inexpensive robot platforms, creating advanced robot capabilities has never been easier. Learn how to use the popular ROS robotics libraries and a small ground robot equipped with a Kinect sensor to demonstrate behaviors like person following, patrolling, exploration, and map-making. The course will focus on selecting, integrating, and tuning existing software packages with some high-level discussion of the underlying robotics technologies. No robotics experience is necessary, but some familiarity with a Linux/UNIX command line and an interest in programming robots in C++ or Python is required. Teams of two or three will share access to an off-the-shelf robot system throughout IAP. Participants will be challenged to demonstrate a creative or novel robot application in a YouTube-like video.\*This work is sponsored by the Department of the Air Force under Air Force Contract #FA8721-05-C-0002. Opinions, interpretations, conclusions and recommendations are those of the authors and are not necessarily endorsed by the United States Government.

Sponsor(s): Lincoln Laboratory, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Contact: Michael Boulet, MITLL, (781) 981-4751,

Open Robotics Laboratory

Jan/08 Tue 09:30AM-11:00AM 8-205
Jan/11 Fri 09:30AM-11:00AM 8-205
Jan/15 Tue 09:30AM-11:00AM 8-205
Jan/18 Fri 09:30AM-11:00AM 8-205
Jan/22 Tue 09:30AM-11:00AM 8-205
Jan/25 Fri 09:30AM-11:00AM 8-205
Jan/29 Tue 09:30AM-11:00AM 8-205
Feb/01 Fri 09:30AM-11:00AM 8-205

Michael Boulet, Dr. Aaron Enes, Keith Ruenheck, Nicholas Armstrong-Crews, Kenneth Cole, Michael Carroll, Mark Donahue