CS 5973: Neuro/Cognitive Robotics Course Schedule

Class Schedule

This schedule is likely to change through the semester. Any changes here will also be announced in class and on the blackboard.

More detailed descriptions of the topics and the associated readings are given below.

Date Lecture # Topic Due
Tue Aug 23 1 Course introduction
Thu Aug 25 2 How to read a research paper
David: Can Robots Make Good Models of Biological Behavior?

Tue Aug 30 3 Mark: Using Humanoid Robots to Study Human Behavior
Thu Sept 1 4 Ben: Origins and Early Development of Perception, Action, and Representation
Lyle: Beyond Gazing, Pointing, and Reaching: A Survey of Developmental Robotics

Tue Sept 6 5 Di: The Visual Brain in Action
Thu Sept 8 6 Lee: Separate Visual Representations in the Planning and Control of Action

Tue Sept 13 7 Lee: Separate Visual Representations in the Planning and Control of Action
Ben: Towards a what-and-where model of infants' object representations
Thu Sept 15 8 Chris: Grounding language in action 1-page project

Tue Sept 20 9 Project proposals
Mazen: Evolving grounded communication for robots
Thu Sept 22 10
David: Learning Grammatical Constructions in a Miniature Language from Narrated Video Events

Tue Sept 27 11
James: Semiotic Schemas: A Framework for Grounding Language in the Action and Perception
Thu Sept 29 12 Roy continued

Tue Oct 4 13 Mark: The Theory of Affordances
Thu Oct 6 14 Chris: Behavior-Grounded Representation of Tool Affordances

Tue Oct 11 15
David: Learning about objects through action - initial steps towards artificial cognition
Thu Oct 13 16 Di: Learning Appearance Features to Support Robotic Manipulation

Tue Oct 18 17 Project status reports Status report
Thu Oct 20 18 Mark: Adaptive Critics and the Basal Ganglia

Tue Oct 25 19

Mazen: The Basal Ganglia and Chunking of Action Repertoires
Thu Oct 27 20
Di: Exemplar-Based Primitives for Humanoid Movement Classification and Control

Tue Nov 1 21
Fagg: A Framework For Humanoid Control and Intelligence
Thu Nov 3 22 James: Object representation in the ventral premotor cortex (area F5) of the monkey
Mark: Intrinsically Motivated Learning of Hierarchical Collections of Skills,

Tue Nov 8 23 Continue discussion with Andy Barto
Thu Nov 10 24 Project status reports Status report

Tue Nov 15 25 James: I know what you are doing. a neurophysiological study
Thu Nov 17 26 Lee: Mental state inference using visual control parameters
Saturday Nov 19 - Paper draft due

Tue Nov 22 27 Mazen: Bringing up Robot: Fundamental Mechanisms for Creating a Self-Motivated, Self-Organizing Architecture,
Thu Nov 24 - Thanksgiving Holiday

Tue Nov 29 28 Lee: The undershoot bias: learning to act optimally under uncertainty
Peer reviews due
Thu Dec 1 29 David: Robustness of Neuroprosthetic Decoding Algorithms

Tue Dec 6 30 James: Robot Baby 2001
Mazen: Learning about the self and others through contingency
Final paper due
Thu Dec 8 31 Project Presentations:

Wed Dec 14 - Project Presentations:


Below is the list of topics that we will cover through the course of the semester.

Meta Material

Introductory Material

Parallel Visual Pathways

Language/Symbol Grounding

Vision for Action

Representing and Learning Sequential Skills: Biology

Representing and Learning Sequential Skills: Robotics

Reaching and Grasping

Perception of Action

Knowledge Grounding

Curiosity and Development

Human-Robot Interaction

Models of Agency

Brain-Machine Interfaces

Other Sources of Information


Last modified: Sat Dec 3 17:23:53 2005