CS81 — Adaptive Robotics
Fall 2017

Goals | Grading | Accommodations | Paper Responses | Schedule | Final Papers

Class information

Class: T, TH 1:15–2:30 SCI L26
Lab A: M 1:15–2:45 SCI 256
Lab B: M 3:00–4:30 SCI 256

Professor: Lisa Meeden
Office: Science Center 243
Phone: 328-8565


This seminar will examine ways of making robots be more adaptive. We will investigate methods that allow robots to learn about themselves and their environment by autonomously exploring what they can achieve rather than being told how to behave. We will focus on machine learning approaches including evolutionary robotics, developmental robotics, unsupervised learning, reinforcement learning, and deep learning. This is a discussion-based course that relies on students doing a close reading of assigned research papers and coming to class prepared to actively engage with the material.

Goals for the course



If you believe that you need accommodations for a disability, please contact the Office of Student Disability Services (Parrish 113W) or email studentdisabilityservices@swarthmore.edu to arrange an appointment to discuss your needs. As appropriate, the Office will issue students with documented disabilities a formal Accommodations Letter. Since accommodations require early planning and are not retroactive, please contact the Office of Student Disability Services as soon as possible. For details about the accommodations process, visit the Student Disability Service Website.

You are also welcome to contact me privately to discuss your academic needs. However, all disability-related accommodations must be arranged through the Office of Student Disability Services.

Paper Responses

Each class meeting will typically focus on one paper. Prepare for class by reading the assigned paper and writing a response in the format described below.


Final Papers