Teaching with the book

Video lessons for blended learning

The Robot Academy, launched May 2017, is an online resource with over 200 video lessons available for use in class.  Each lesson has a static URL which you can give in a “reading list”.  The lessons cover a lot of the material in Chapters 1-3, 7-9, 10-15.

Checkout the Facebook group as well     

MOOCs

Two programs, each of three 3-week courses, is running on the FutureLearn platform.  The easiest way to find them is the “online courses” button on the Robot Academy home page

Keynote/Powerpoint slides

I have presentation material that covers, not necessarily completely, chapters 1 and 10-15. Some of my lectures on Machine Vision, chapters 10-14, are available on YouTube

I am happy to share with bone fide teachers/academics.  You are welcome to use the slides as is or mashed up provided you acknowledge me.   You can find the slides in Keynote and Powerpoint format.

Figures

All the line drawings from the book are available in EPS or SVG formats as single zip files.

Download EPS format (48.1 MB) Download SVG format (30.9 MB)

Writing using the book’s notation

The book is typeset using Adobe InDesign not LaTeX, but there is a full set of LaTeX macros that allow you to write documents or presentation slides using the same notation as the book.  You can find this on GitHub.

I use LaTexIt to drop equations formatted using the RVC definitions into Keynote or Powerpoint presentations.

Solutions to example problems

The solutions manual is still not complete.  For the first edition there are solutions to Chapters 2 through 10 in various stages of polish.  The problems in the second edition are mostly a superset of the first edition.

Download PDF format (919.0 KB)

If you’re interested in contributing solutions please contact me.  At the moment it’s all done in LaTeX.

People teaching using the RVC book

(If you’d like to be listed here please send me an email, ideally with the course/unit code as well)

Europe and Africa

  • Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany, Gordon Cheng.
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, Tamim Asfour.
  • University of Plymouth, UK: ROCO224 Introduction to Robotics, Martin Stoelen.
  • Aarhus University, Denmark, Michael Alrøe.
  • Mälardalen University, Sweden, Alessandro Papadopoulos.
  • Université Mohammed V, Morocco, Younès Raoui
  • Machine Vision and Robotics (MSc modules), Department of Engineering and Mathematics, Sheffield Hallam University,   Lyuba Alboul
  • Intelligent Systems 2 (Bachelor in Computer Science BiCS), University of Luxembourg: Holger Voos, Dario Cazzato, Claudio Cimarelli

Americas

  • UC San Diego: CSE276A, Introduction to Robotics, Henrik Christensen.
  • Georgia Tech USA: ECE4560, Introduction to Robotics and Automation, Fumin Zhang.
  • RPI USA: CSCI 4971/6968 Algorithmic Robotics, Jeff Trinkle.
  • Brigham Young University, Marc Killpack.
  • University of Miami: Introduction to Medical Robotics, Weizhao Zhao.
  • UNHEVAL University, Peru, Aland Bravo Vecorena.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, Jason R. Kolodziej.
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), Canada: COMP 4766/6912 Autonomous Robotics, Andrew Vardy.

Asia/Pacific

  • Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia: EGB339 Introduction to robotics, Niko Sünderhauf, Chris Lehnert.
  • Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia: EGB439 Advanced robotics, Peter Corke, Feras Dayoub.
  • University of NSW (UNSW), Australia: MTRN4230 Robotics, Mark Whitty.
  • University of Queensland (UQ), Australia: METR 4202/720 Robotics & Automation, Surya Singh.
  • NUST College of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Pakistan: EM418, Waqar Shahid.

People teaching using the Toolboxes

Other robotics teaching resources

  • RoboticsCourseWare.org is a collection of easily-modifiable curricular content, typically in .ppt and .doc formats, and covering the range of primary areas of robotics pedagogy, including robot mechanics, control, motion planning, vision, and localization.
  • The IEEE Robotics & Automation society has a collection of resources in various subject areas.
  • The Springer Handbook of Robotics  is a comprehensive (and massive) resource covering all theory and applications.  The multimedia extensions available at handbookofrobotics.org provide a rich collection of videos that illustrate theory, practice and history.