Introduction to Vision and Robotics

In 2013/2014 The course will be taught in Semester 2

Course Descriptor
10 Minute Introduction

Course Organisers: 

Bastiaan Boom Michael Herrmann
Email: bboom AT inf DOT ed DOT ac DOT uk Email: mherrman AT inf DOT ed DOT ac DOT uk
Office: G.12 Informatics Forum Office: 1.42 Informatics Forum
Phone: 651 3446 Phone: 651 7177


Lecturers: Bastiaan Boom & Michael Herrmann
Lecture times: Mondays 11:10am in Faculty Room South, David Hume Tower and Thursdays 11:10am in G.07 Meadows Lecture Theatre, Medical School (week 1-5) and in Ground Floor Exam Hall, Adam House (week 6-11).
NOTE: the first lecture will be on 13th January, 2014.

Lecture slides and handouts will be available here before the start of each lecture.
The content will be arranged somewhat differently than in previous years. This year the lectures will not be recorded on video. You can still find audio and videos of previous IVR lectures: 2007/8, 2008/9, 2010/11 and 2011/12.


Demonstrators: Simon Smith (artificialsimon AT ed DOT ac DOT uk) and Davide Modolo (D.Modolo AT sms DOT ed DOT ac DOT uk)
Supervised Lab Times: From week 2, Monday and Thursday 14:10 to 15:00, and Wednesday 12:10 to 13:00 at IPAB Robot teaching lab, AT 3.01.
(check back for updates of the lab times)
Week 2 - Matlab, webot, khepera introduction
Week 3 - More matlab, webot, khepera skills
Week 4 - Image processing skills
Week 5 - Visual classification skills
Week 6 - Real Khepera control


Coursework (25%)
There will be two pieces of assessed coursework carrying equal weight (12.5% each)

  1. A vision assignment during weeks 4-7, due 4pm Thursday 6th March. There will be assessed demonstrations of the assignment in the Robotics Lab from 10:00-16:00 on Friday 7th March. Details are available here. Matlab code to read and show this data is here. You will need to download these four data sets: dataset 1 dataset 2 dataset 3 dataset 4
  2. A robotics assignment during weeks 8-10, with the assignment due 4pm Thursday 27th March. There will be assessed demonstrations of the assignment in the Robotics Lab from 10:00-16:00 on Friday 28th of March. Details are available here and here are some files that can be used in webots.

The practicals are done in teams of two. For each assignment a demonstration of the results will be required and a single, joint report is to be submitted by one of the students in each team.

Maximising your coursework practical score.

All practicals are covered by the school policy on plagiarism and students are advised to be fully aware of this when submitting practical work.

Exam (75%)
Here is a sample paper with sample answers
The lecture and practical contents define the examinable material.

Reading list:

See individual lecture handouts for further reference material.



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