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=== Platform ===
 
=== Platform ===
* Which robots we are going to use (ER-1 from Joel's lab vs Pioneers from JPL)
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* Which robots we are going to use
** 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).
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** ER-1 (old ctrl module): where is it? ('''perhaps check with Pete/Jeremy''')
** New ER-1: new motor control module has player/stage interface?
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** <del>ER-1 (new ctrl module): need to write drivers for the new motor control module</del> (''seems more trouble than worth'')
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** Richard's Pioneer? ('''check with Richard/Pete''')
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** JPL's Pioneer? ('''wait for Larry and Rob''')
  
* Server for simulation (Joel's?)
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* Server for simulation ('''check with Jeremy''')
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** Which one to use: Joel's Robotics server?
 
** All students have the same username/password?
 
** All students have the same username/password?
 
** If yes, directory naming rules?
 
** If yes, directory naming rules?

Revision as of 05:40, 21 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: Shuo's mail box and/or Andrea's email address
    • Office hours: Instructors -- 303 TOM, TA -- TBD
  • Web page, mailing list
    • Where to set up the web page: Murray Wiki redirected from IMSS
    • Upload: by TA
    • Access: solutions -- Caltech only, others -- open to the public
    • Mailing list: me132-students@caltech.edu, me132-tas@caltech.edu
  • Honor code
    • Collaboration policy: wait for Larry (cf. CDS_101/110a,_Fall_2008)
    • Use of other materials: other than solutions from past and/or other courses
  • Textbooks/references
  • Prerequisites: check with Richard & Joel, linear algebra, basis prob and stat.
  • Programming skills: TBD

Platform

  • Which robots we are going to use
    • ER-1 (old ctrl module): where is it? (perhaps check with Pete/Jeremy)
    • ER-1 (new ctrl module): need to write drivers for the new motor control module (seems more trouble than worth)
    • Richard's Pioneer? (check with Richard/Pete)
    • JPL's Pioneer? (wait for Larry and Rob)
  • Server for simulation (check with Jeremy)
    • Which one to use: Joel's Robotics server?
    • All students have the same username/password?
    • If yes, directory naming rules?
  • 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