A First Course in Robotics

Summer Institute for Mathematics at the University of Washington 2012
Sam Burden

Long relegated to performing menial jobs on assembly lines, robots are now poised to infiltrate our homes and classrooms. The introduction of automated vacuum cleaners and a host of programmable interactive toys witness this migration and give clues as to the roles robots will inevitably fill in our daily lives. During this short course, we'll discuss potential applications for this emerging robotic presence and explore some of the challenges facing engineers trying to build these systems. In particular, we'll learn fundamental principles of robot design and apply these ideas to build maze-navigating robots.