CS81 Developmental Robotics Midterm Project

CS81 Developmental Robotics

Midterm Project
Due Friday, March 7 by 3pm


The goal of this midterm project is to adapt one of the simulations described in the papers we read during week 5 of the class to work in a robot domain. You will design an experiment, run the experiment, analyze the results, and write a paper to expalin what you found. In addition, you are expected to conduct a limited literature review. Find and read at least two articles that are related to your experiment. A good source of related work is the bibliography of the original paper. You are encouraged to work in pairs on this project.

Be ready to discuss your ideas for the project with me during next week's class.

Format of the paper

Your paper should include the following:

Your grade will not be based on whether or not your experiment succeeds. Negative results are as important as positive results. Your grade will be based solely on the thoroughness and readability of the paper. Do not turn in any programs. Bring your completed paper to my office.

Citing related work

The purpose of writing a research paper is to communicate your discoveries to others. It is important to explicitly acknowledge how your work relates to other work. This can be done either with a direct quotation from another source or by summarizing the key points from another source. You should avoid paraphrasing another source as this can border on plagarism. When summarizing another source, explain the essential information in your own words.

When using the exact language from another source, you must use quotation marks. Or if you are using a passage that is more than four lines long, indent and single space the passage without quotation marks. For a direct quoation, provide a reference with a page number. When summarizing another source, you should also provide a reference, but a page number is not necessary.