Course Schedule - Fall Semester 2017


MECH 450 001 (CRN: 10630)


Department: Mechanical Engineering
Instructor: Kavraki, Lydia E.
Meeting: 1:00PM - 2:15PM TR DCH 1070 (21-AUG-2017 - 1-DEC-2017) 
Session: Full Term
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Language of Instruction: Taught in English
Method of Instruction: Face to Face
Credit Hours: 4
Course Syllabus:
Course Materials: Rice Campus Store
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Prerequisites: (COMP 221 OR COMP 321) AND COMP 215
Section Max Enrollment: 25
Section Enrolled: 0
Total Cross-list Max Enrollment: 64
Total Cross-list Enrolled: 22
Enrollment data as of: 25-FEB-2024 10:54PM
Additional Fees: None
Final Exam: Scheduled Final Exam-OTR Room
Final Exam Time:
9:00AM - 12:00PM F DCH 1070
Description: Robots have fascinated people for generations. Today, robots are built for applications as diverse as exploring remote planets, de-mining war zones, cleaning toxic waste, assembling cars, inspecting pipes in industrial plants and mowing lawns. Robots are also interacting with humans in a variety of ways: robots are museum guides, robots assist surgeon sin life threatening operations, and robotic cars can drive us around. The field of robotics studies not only the design of new mechanisms but also the development of artificial intelligence frameworks to make these mechanism useful in the physical world, integrating computer science, engineering, mathematics and more recently biology and sociology, in a unique way. This class will present fundamental algorithmic advances that enable today’s robots to move in real environments and plan their actions. It will also explore fundamentals of the field of Artificial Intelligence through the prism of robotics. The class involves a significant programming project. Cross-list: COMP 450, ELEC 450, COMP 550, ELEC 550, MECH 550. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for MECH 450 if student has credit for MECH 550.