Undergraduate Robotics Projects in Support of Research on Neural Networks
Final rept. 15 Jan-15 Jul 1993
MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE LAB
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This grant was extremely successful both in developing sensor systems and in educating undergraduate students. There were several reasons to ask students to develop these systems. First and foremost is the educational value of having a student build a complete system. This challenge is much greater than a typical course laboratory experiment. The student must propose, refine, and choose among different variants of any particular approach. The system must be designed, built, debugged, documented. and most importantly, evaluated. Any particular version of the system may suggest future revisions or new approaches. In some cases there are commercially available systems the researchers could use, but in many cases they had trouble finding off the shelf systems that are light and inexpensive enough to suit their purposes.
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