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=== Course Organization ===
=== Course Organization ===
* Homework
* Homework
** How many: 1 per week? 1 per module?
** How many: 1/week
** Due date: 1 week later? When will the first homework be assigned?
** Due date: 1 week later.
** How to turn in: box in Steele? Thomas?
** How to turn in: box in Steele? Thomas? (will be decided)
** Office hours: once or twice per assignment?
** Office hours: Instructors -- 303 TOM, Andrea and I will decide the TA OH
** Grading: when? how (percentage, late hw)?
** Grading: when? how (percentage, late hw)? 3-5 days grace period, no extension on labs


* Midterm/Final
* Midterm/Final: NO exams
** Is there one?
** Percentage?


* Web page, mailing list
* Web page, mailing list
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** Format: plain HTML? Wiki?
** Format: plain HTML? Wiki?
** Upload: by TA (probably easier)? by instructors?  
** Upload: by TA (probably easier)? by instructors?  
** Access (incl. solutions, hw sets, lecture notes): outside Caltech OK? enrolled student only?
** Access (incl. solutions, hw sets, lecture notes): soln-caltech only, others-open to the public
** Mailing list: email IMSS to set up one?
** Mailing list: email IMSS to set up one?


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** Use of other materials: previous hw solns, other textbooks
** Use of other materials: previous hw solns, other textbooks


* Textbooks/references?
* Textbooks/references: Larry will send us the links (two free textbooks)


* Prerequisites?
* Prerequisites: check with Richard & Joel, linear alg, basis prob and stat.
 
* Programming skills: Matlab & C


=== Platform ===
=== Platform ===
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** ER-1: there is some maintenance to do. The unit I was using summer had a motor controller failure. We have bought the
** ER-1: there is some maintenance to do. The unit I was using summer had a motor controller failure. We have bought the
replacement, but haven't installed yet (it is not a 5 minute thing, as the software driver has changed, so there will be a little tinkering required).
replacement, but haven't installed yet (it is not a 5 minute thing, as the software driver has changed, so there will be a little tinkering required).
* Sensors:
** SICK: should be enough
** Stereo cameras: should be enough
* Laptops
** Need a Firewire ports


* Software stack.
* Software stack.
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* Labs organization
* Labs organization
**For example, the first lab assignment: Should I give them a charged robot with installed drivers, and let them write the software to collect the log? Or should I write all the software and let them collect the log? Is this done as a group (all the students together), as many small groups, or once for individual students?
**For example, the first lab assignment: Should I give them a charged robot with installed drivers, and let them write the software to collect the log? Or should I write all the software and let them collect the log? Is this done as a group (all the students together), as many small groups, or once for individual students?
** First test on a simulator
**


* Matlab vs. Python
* Matlab vs. Python

Revision as of 00:41, 17 December 2010

This page is used for facilitating discussion between the instructors and TAs of ME/CS 132a (Winter 2010). Please note that the content of this page is open to the public.

Course Preparation

Course Organization

  • Homework
    • How many: 1/week
    • Due date: 1 week later.
    • How to turn in: box in Steele? Thomas? (will be decided)
    • Office hours: Instructors -- 303 TOM, Andrea and I will decide the TA OH
    • Grading: when? how (percentage, late hw)? 3-5 days grace period, no extension on labs
  • Midterm/Final: NO exams
  • Web page, mailing list
    • Where to set up the web page: Murray Wiki? IMSS? Andrea/Shuo's site?
    • Format: plain HTML? Wiki?
    • Upload: by TA (probably easier)? by instructors?
    • Access (incl. solutions, hw sets, lecture notes): soln-caltech only, others-open to the public
    • Mailing list: email IMSS to set up one?
  • Honor code
    • Collaboration policy: hw? lab? exams? (cf. CDS_101/110a,_Fall_2008)
    • Use of other materials: previous hw solns, other textbooks
  • Textbooks/references: Larry will send us the links (two free textbooks)
  • Prerequisites: check with Richard & Joel, linear alg, basis prob and stat.
  • Programming skills: Matlab & C

Platform

  • Which robots we are going to use (ER-1 from Joel's lab vs Pioneers from JPL)
    • ER-1: there is some maintenance to do. The unit I was using summer had a motor controller failure. We have bought the

replacement, but haven't installed yet (it is not a 5 minute thing, as the software driver has changed, so there will be a little tinkering required).

  • Sensors:
    • SICK: should be enough
    • Stereo cameras: should be enough
  • Laptops
    • Need a Firewire ports
  • Software stack.
    • What interface/drivers do you want people to work with? (player, ROS, ...)
    • What would be the format for data files? (HDF, carmen, ...)
  • Labs organization
    • For example, the first lab assignment: Should I give them a charged robot with installed drivers, and let them write the software to collect the log? Or should I write all the software and let them collect the log? Is this done as a group (all the students together), as many small groups, or once for individual students?
    • First test on a simulator
  • Matlab vs. Python