CE315-6-AT-CA:
Mobile Robotics

The details
2023/24
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus & Apprenticeship Location
Autumn Special
Undergraduate: Level 6
Current
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 15 December 2023
15
12 June 2023

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

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Module description

This module provides a general understanding of AI robotics that has wide potential applications in the real world. Various different approaches are reviewed together with associated design methodologies. Autonomous mobile robots are intelligent machines that have many embedded computers, sensors and actuators which interact intelligently. They are generally characterised by real-time performance, autonomous operation and learning capabilities.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to: be aware of the rich variety of AI robotic applications in the real world; understand performance needs of mobile robots; real time operation; autonomy; asynchronous events; computer architectures; and the use of different methods of data interpretation.

Module learning outcomes

After completing this module, students will be expected to:

1. be aware of the rich variety of AI robotics applications in the real world;
2. understand the performance needs of mobile robots in terms of characteristics such as real-time operation, autonomy, asynchronous event handling, modularity, flexibility and robustness;
3. appreciate the advanced computer architectures that may be adopted to build intelligent machines in general, mobile robots in particular;
4. recognise different methods for data interpretation and representation, including sensor uncertainty, local and global map building, as well as multi-sensor data fusion
5. be able to design, program and evaluate autonomous mobile robots and intelligent machines, from sensing to action.

Module information

Outline Syllabus

. Introduction to the course: review of AI robotic systems and embedded computing architectures.
. Application domain characteristics: the complex, unpredictable and dynamic natures of the world; timeliness, autonomy and intelligence.
. Intelligent embedded machine characteristics: uncertainty such as sensor noise,
imprecision & sparseness of data; slow processing and small memory; field support such as user-interface and tools.
. Architectures for mobile robots & intelligent machines: comparison of reactive versus cognitive architecture; examination of hierarchical sensory-interactive and behaviour based approaches.
. Data interpretation & representation: local and global map building such as quadtree, occupancy grid, Veronoi diagram; representation of uncertainty; multi-sensor data fusion.
. Implementation issues: mapping models to hardware and software via modularization; configuration flexibility; multi/distributed processing; development tools and simulation environment.

Basic C/C++ programming skills are needed.

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures and Laboratories

Bibliography

This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Assignment 1 - C-++ Programming with Linux  09/11/2023  37.50% 
Coursework   Assignment 2 - Simulated Robot Navigation  17/01/2024  62.50% 
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
40% 60%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
40% 60%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Huosheng Hu, email: hhu@essex.ac.uk.
Professor Huosheng Hu
CSEE School Office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770

 

Availability
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External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 212 hours, 28 (13.2%) hours available to students:
184 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.

 

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