Course Autonomous Mobile Robots

Bachelor Artificial Intelligence

This is the information of Fall 2012

The previous year a course with a slightly different focus was given (Probabilistic Robotics).


The description is available in the course catalogue with code AUMR6Y. The course is a free choice in the Bachelor Artificial Intelligence Curriculum.


This course gives an introduction in the fundamentals of mobile robotics, spanning the mechanical, motor, sensory, perceptual, and cognitive layers the field comprises. The focus will be on the mechanisms that allow a mobile robot to move through a real world environment to perform its tasks. It synthesizes material from the fields of kinematics, control theory, signal analysis, computer vision, information theory, artificial intelligence and probability theory.

This course is based on the book 'Introduction to Autonomous Mobile Robots', from Prof. Dr. Roland Yves Siegwart, Prof. Dr. Illah R. Nourbakhsh and Prof. Dr. Davide Scaramuzza.


The official schedule should be found here. The Studio Class Room is scheduled on Monday and Thursday, from 9u00 to 13u00. The Studio Class Room will be a combination of lectures, book exercises and assignments. The course will take place in A1.30. A list of Frequent Asked Questions will be maintained. Chapter 2-4 of the book will be introduced by Toto van Inge. Chapter 1 and 5-6 will be covered by Arnoud Visser.

Students, who were not able to attend a lecture, can catch up by listing to the recordings of my (Dutch). Download Lecturnity Player and listen to lecture, synchronized with the sheets.

Week 44: Chapter 1 & 2 - Introduction & Locomotion
   Solve OpenLoop steering assignment, including RWTH Toolbox Installation Instructions.

Week 44: Chapter 3 - Kinematics

Week 45: Chapter 4.1 Sensors for Mobile Robots

Week 45: Chapter 4.2 Fundamentals of Computer Vision
    Solve Assignment 3.

Week 46: Chapter 4.3-4.5 Feature Extraction

Week 46: Chapter 4.6-4.7 Place Recognition

Week 47: Partial Exam (exam including answers)

Week 48: Chapter 5.1-5.5 The Challenge of Localization
   Solve Localization assignment, Matlab code, color picker.

Week 48: Chapter 5.6 Probabilistic Map Based Localization

Week 49: Chapter 5.6.8 Kalman Filter Localization
and Kalman Filter Geometric Approach (Slides and Dutch recording)
Only slides 9-45. Note the slightly different notation for the intermediate prediction;
   x(k+1|k) by Choset et al.and x(t) by Thrun/Siegwart et al.

Week 49: Chapter 5.8 Simultaneous Localization and Mapping
    Solve Assignment 4, with provided Logger, Example log, Matlab files.

Week 50: Chapter 6 - Planning and Navigation

Week 50: Summary, including Dutch recording.

Week 51: Partial Exam, December 20th, 13:00-15:00, A1.04


Roland Siegwart, Illah R. Nourbakhsh and Davide Scaramuzza 'Introduction to Autonomous Mobile Robots', 2nd edition, The MIT Press, 2011.

Reading guide

  • Monday November 29th: page 56
  • Thursday November 1st: page 99
  • Thursday November 8th: page 194
  • Thursday November 15th: page 264

  • Thursday November 29th: page 321
  • Thursday December 6th: page 368
  • Thursday December 13th: page 424

Embedding in AI curriculum

This course is supported by the following chapters of 'Artificial Intelligence - A Modern Approach' 3rd edition, by Stuart Russell and Peter Norvig:
  • Chapter 13: Quantifying Uncertainty
  • Chapter 14: Probabilistic Reasoning
  • Chapter 15: Probabilistic Reasoning over Time

  • Chapter 24: Perception
  • Chapter 25: Robotics


The course of this year evaluated by the participants with a 7.7:


Software toolkits

Chapter 4, section 2.6 (page 186) - Structure from Motion: Chapter 4, section 5 (page 234) - Interest Point Detectors: Chapter 5, section 8 (page 365) - Simultaneous Localization and Mapping algorithms: Bibliography (page 444) - Referenced webpages:
Last updated June 6, 2013

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University of Amsterdam

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