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A Robotics Introduction to Computer Science AAAI Spring Symposium 2007. Debra T. Burhans Canisius College burhansd@canisius.edu. Background. Our CS sequence includes 4 introductory courses: breadth-first introduction, CS1, CS2, and large scale programming

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a robotics introduction to computer science aaai spring symposium 2007

A Robotics Introduction to Computer ScienceAAAI Spring Symposium 2007

Debra T. Burhans

Canisius College

burhansd@canisius.edu

background
Background
  • Our CS sequence includes 4 introductory courses: breadth-first introduction, CS1, CS2, and large scale programming
  • New topic-focused courses to replace the “vanilla” breadth-first course
  • Web programming, C programming, Robotics, Bioinformatics
audience
Audience

Give me your tired, your math-phobic,Your huddled masses yearning to learn about robots.The wretched refuse of your teeming shore…

www.uaf.edu/.../images/tired-campers_lg.jpg

www.pipefitter.com/pfmg3.gif

goals
Goals
  • Build a “penbot”
  • Modify the robot for a competition

Have fun!

www.mdv.com/.../stanford_racing_team_stanley.jpg

agenda
Agenda
  • History
  • Problem solving and algorithms
  • Binary representation
  • Logic
  • AI and robotics
  • Ethical and social issues
logistics
Logistics
  • Open lab time – staffed in the fall by three faculty (2 from CS, 1 from physics)
  • Simulator!!!
    • Student project
    • Lego Mindstorms RCX
    • Current status is ???
history
History
  • Creating human-like artifacts from the Ancient Greeks onwards

http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/images/eos.jpg

http://keywords.oxus.net/images/seamonkeys.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kismet_(robot)

binary representation
Binary Representation

101010111011010101011100110101010101011011101

111101010100111111000101010101001110001011111

… which just about sums it up…

logic
Logic

Surprisingly popular!

  • Fairly simple circuits
  • Logisim
  • Not connected directly to the robots

http://www.plexoft.com/SBF/images/spock2.jpg

cs-people.bu.edu/dbuzan/cs101/answers12.htm

ai and robotics
AI and Robotics
  • Learn about AI and robotics through
    • Readings
    • Film and TV
    • Interpretive dance

http://www.nativehue.com/mysteria/images/2005/jelly-dance.jpg

http://fusionanomaly.net/sheepdreams.jpg

ethical and social issues
Ethical and Social Issues

http://www.primidi.com/images/bear_robot_carrying_soldier.jpg

http://usmilitary.about.com/library/graphics/robot.bmp

http://bdml.stanford.edu/twiki/pub/Courses/WellBeingTechnologyForElderly/domotica.jpg

results
Results

warning!

  • 12 students Fall 2006, 8 students Spring 2007
  • Students who had already programmed were the most handicapped
  • A couple students were very turned off (majors) due to complexity
  • Attitudes of students towards the experience and computing were mostly very positive
  • Opens their eyes in terms of computing possibilities

www.splitfocus.org/pics/lis-robot.jpg