• References for Topology and Robotics

    Topology is at the core of the most successful algorithms in Robotics. To understand how these methods work, you need a basic grasp of topological ideas (see Chapter 4 of LaValle’s book for example). But as computational topology has advanced and computers have gotten faster, there has been an increase...

  • An Opinionated Tutorial on ROS Node Design

    Fluency with ROS is essential for doing robotics. A lot of the students I’ve worked with in the past have no problem getting through the ROS tutorials, but start to flounder as soon as they need to create their first ROS node. My goal with this tutorial is to introduce...

  • New Reading Group

    I have a few new graduate students this semester. They’re coming in with a solid background in AI, but they’re all working on the car so they need to get (more) up to speed on robotics. To that end, we’re going to be doing weekly readings related to robotics and...

  • Hello World!

    Just getting things set up…