Course:  Structure and Synthesis of Robot Motion


Time in Year: 
Course runs in Semester 2.

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SSRM has been offered twice before but some aspects of the details are still work in progress. There is no official course text but a major portion of the topics are addressed in the following books:  

  H. Choset et al., Principles of Robot Motion, MIT Press, 2005.
  S. LaValle, Planning Algorithms, Cambridge University Press, 2006.

The main focus of this course is on computational methods for decision making in the context of robotics. So, we'll discuss how robotics problems should be posed as decision problems, how techniques such as from optimal control and game theory may be applied to solve such problems and how algorithmic methods for motion planning enable us to attack problems that are, in the general setting, intractable.

There will be up to 4 sessions for each tutorial group. There will be specific exercises set in advance of the tutorial, and all students are expected to prepare these prior to the tutorial session. However, it is likely that the students will require clarifications on the concepts. So, the tutor's job is to lead the group through the exercises, answer questions etc.

The tutor will also be expected to mark the three homework assignments for this course (to be verified by the instructor before official assignment of the marks).

The tutor will need to be familiar with the topics mentioned above. Having done well in robotics and machine learning courses would be suitable preparation.

This post is paid at grade UE06, currently upwards of £12.50/hr.

Total Hours: 
5 contact hours + 10 preparation hours

Subramanian Ramamoorthy

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