CN810 - 2014

This course, first offered in 2010, is a hands-on introduction to the challenges of implementing adaptive behavior on a robotic platform (e.g., the iRobot Create, or a Romo). Using a simple hardware platform, students will design and implement computational models that allow the robot to perform behavioral functions, such as learning to recognize approach or avoid objects and locations in its environment (e.g., see here). 

This is not an introductory class in robotics. Students are expected to have a sufficient interdisciplinary grounding in programming and the fundamentals of computational modeling of mammalian vision, planning, and navigation to read primary research sources.


Students will have the chance to use specialized neural software simulators (e.g., see here), virtual environments (e.g., see here), and the ASIMOV robotic interface. This will enable students to rapidly prototype large scale (millions of neurons, billions of synapses) on high-performance computing resources, testing them in realistic virtual environments. The 2014 edition will include at least one visit to a local robotic company (in the past, the class has visited iRobot and Kiva systems). 

Classes: Mondays, 11:00AM to 12:30PM, Room 302
Lab: Tuesday, 4:00PM to 8:00PM, Room 308
Location: 677 Beacon St. 

Prior classes: 

2010: FINAL REPORTVIDEO of the project, and the BLOG POST

2011: FINAL REPORT , VIDEO of the project, and the BLOG POST

Frankenbot CN810

CN810 - 2014


  • Final report Download the class final report, and check the blog post. 
    Posted May 10, 2011, 6:55 AM by Massimiliano Versace
  • Parrot
    Posted Sep 25, 2010, 7:29 AM by Massimiliano Versace
  • Class picture
    Posted Sep 22, 2010, 2:49 PM by Massimiliano Versace
  • Welcome! Hello and welcome to CN810! This section will be used to post updates on the class, announcements, and other info we need to communicate to the class. Tip: How to ...
    Posted Jul 7, 2010, 7:10 AM by Massimiliano Versace
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Spring 2014 BU Calendar

Spring Classes BeginWednesday, January 15, 2014
MLK Jr. Day Holiday, Classes SuspendedMonday, January 20, 2014
Presidents’ Day Holiday, Classes SuspendedMonday, February 17, 2014
Substitute Monday Schedule of ClassesWednesday, February 19, 2014
Spring RecessSaturday, March 8 -
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Classes ResumeMonday, March 17, 2014
Patriots’ Day Holiday, Classes SuspendedMonday, April 21, 2014
Substitute Monday Schedule of ClassesThursday, April 24, 2014
Last Day of ClassesThursday, May 1, 2014
Study PeriodFriday, May 2 -
Monday, May 5, 2014
Final Exams BeginTuesday, May 6, 2014
Final Exams EndSaturday, May 10, 2014
Commencement WeekendFriday, May 16 -
Sunday, May 18, 2014