Course Behavior-Based Robotics
This is the information of Winter 2018-2019
The course was first given in the academic year 2015-2016.
The information on academic year's 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 are also still available.
This course gives an introduction to the principles, design and practice of intelligent behavior-based autonomous robot systems. Following a discussion of the relevant biological and psychological models of behavior, reactive behaviors are used as building blocks for more complex behaviors. With the more advanced behaviors the robot gets animal-like capacities as survival, adaption and interaction. Building such artificial system in practice could lead to interesting questions about the unique aspects of actual biological behavior.
- To develop an understanding of the possible relationships between animal behavior and robot control.
- To examine a wide range of biologically motivated robotic systems.
- To obtain a basic understanding of the design choices related to behavior-based robotic systems.
- To determine the appropriate role of world and self-knowledge within behavior-based robotic systems.
- To study biological models of hybrid reactive/deliberative systems.
- To explore the role of expectations, focus of attention and active perception within behavior-based perception.
- To understand why robots need to have learning capabilities.
- To recognize the different effects of perception and learning inside social behavior when compared to solitary robot behaviors.
- To consider the consequences of a robotic mind with regard to thought, consciousness, emotion and imagination.
In addition to the theoretical framework, you will also develop your programming skills by implementing behaviors directly on humanoid robots.
A short summary of these objectives can be found back in this Study Guide
The detailed schedule can be found at datanose.nl
For this course, a reader is produced containing the following four chapters of the Springer Handbook of Robotics.
- Francois Michaud and Monica Nicolescu, 'Behavior-Based Systems', Springer Handbook of Robotics, 2016, pp 307-328.
- Fumiya Iida and Auke Jan Ijspeert, 'Biologically Inspired Robots', Springer Handbook of Robotics, 2016, pp 2015-2034.
- Patrick van der Smagt, Michael A. Arbib, Giorgio Metta, 'Neurorobotics: From Vision to Action', Springer Handbook of Robotics, 2016, pp. 2069-2094.
- Gianmarco Veruggio, Fiorella Operto and George Bekey, 'Roboethics: Social and Ethical Implications', Springer Handbook of Robotics, 2016, pp. 2135-2160.
In the UvA domain (or with vpn) also the other chapters of the electronic version of this handbook is available via EBSCOhost
Those 4 chapters are your starting point for your essay, so should be read in the first two weeks of the course.
- Wednesday January 9th: 'Behavior-Based Systems', Springer Handbook of Robotics, 2016, pp 307-328.
- Friday January 11th: 'Biologically Inspired Robots', Springer Handbook of Robotics, 2016, pp 2015-2034.
- Wednesday January 16th: 'Neurorobotics: From Vision to Action', Springer Handbook of Robotics, 2016, pp. 2069-2094.
- Friday January 18th: 'Roboethics: Social and Ethical Implications', Springer Handbook of Robotics, 2016, pp. 2135-2160.
The course is this year evaluated by the participants with a 7.0:
Last updated February 12, 2019
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University of Amsterdam