CSE276A - Introduction to Robotics

w. Henrik I Christensen


Introduction to Robotics

Fall 2024, T-Th 3:30-4:50 PM, @ Center 105 Room
Professor: Henrik I Christensen, Office hours: Thursdays 1:00-2:00
TAs: Luobin Wang and Rohan Patil
Office Hours in Franklin Antonio Hall 3rd Floor -- 3301


This is an introductory graduate class so a minimum of formal requirements are assumed beyond an ability to program.

Basic knowledge of linear algebra and image processing will be helpful.


We will be using Piazza for class communication/discussions, so you should get an enrollment email from them. Please do sign up and check it out. The URL for the Piazza site is here

Emailing about the class:

Please use piazza as much as possible, but if you must email me, please be sure to use "CSE276A" in the subject line, automatically done by clicking this link: hichristensen@ucsd.edu

Class Goals

The desired learning outcomes for the students are:


Assignments (20% each)

There will be five assignments, spaced throughout the quarter, each covering different aspects of robotics. We will use Canvas for submission of assignments. The CANVAS site is here

We will use a set of Qualcomm RB5 platforms for the exercises. The robot systems are composed for MegaBot mBots with on-board RB5 computers. There are 100 systems available, so one for every students for loan. The systems must be returned by the end of the quarter to receive a final grade. We do have capacity for everyone to have their own robot, but it is OK to collaborate in teams of two.

Participation in Class:

To encourage interaction, there is a 5% participation grade, allowing to get up to 5% extra credit for engaging in class dialogue and on Piazza (e.g., answering each others questions, asking questions).

Collaboration Policy:

Collaboration on assignments is encouraged at the "white board" level. That is, share ideas and technical conversation, but write your own code. Students are expected to abide by the Honor Code. Honest and ethical behavior is expected at all times. All incidents of suspected dishonesty will be reported to and handled by the Dean of Students.

Late Policy:

1 day late: 75% of the grade, 2 days late: 50% of the grade, later than that: 0% of the grade. It is always permissible to ask prior approval to hand in an assignment late because of special circumstances.