Syllabus: CS [45]163: Embedded Systems (Spring 2009)

General Information

Course Goals and Topics

This course is being co-taught with Adam Brown's How to Build Robots for Artists class. Together, these two classes form the Sm[Art] Spaces Presidential Dream Course. The theme of the combined class is Mind and Body. Our focus will be on the design and implementation of interactive art pieces that rely on embedded computing systems. With these art pieces, we will be exploring the relationships between the mind and the body: how does embodiment influence perception of the world? and how does mind influence the use of body?

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

This is a very hands-on class: every student will be involved in the design, implementation, and programming for the laboratory exercises. Note that this component of the class will involve a non-trivial amount of time; students should plan their schedules accordingly.

Topics will include:

Course Policies


Grades will be computed according to the following distribution:

Final grades will be assigned on a curve.

Project Grades

The project work is split into six components (detailed above). Although the project work will be done in groups of various sizes, all students are expected to contribute substantially to each project. Students not contributing to a group's work will receive a discounted grade.

General Grade Issues

Projects and Homework

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