Workshops: Summer 2004

The second faculty workshop is scheduled for August 3-5, 2004 at Bryn Mawr College. Please contact Deepak Kumar for more information.

Go to the 2004 Workshop Page(s).

Workshop FAQ

  1. What will be happening at the workshop?
    The workshop is intended to be an introduction to Pyro (See Software in Educational Materials) and the curricular materials that we have created. Participants will use a computer lab at Bryn Mawr College. Most of the robot programming will involve the use of simulators and several robot platforms: Pioneer robots, Khepera robots, and Hemisson robots. Each participant will be expected to write and test their own robot programs.
  2. What is the financial commitment necessary to participate?
    Participants will need to provide their own funding for travel. Accomodations (paid by the NSF grant) for participants have been arranged in the dorms at Bryn Mawr College. Each participant will be housed in a single room with linen service. Breakfast will also be included. In addition lunch and an evening picnic will be provided.
  3. Are there any travel grants for attending the workshop?
    There are no travel grants from the workshop organizers. Participants are encouraged to seek funds from their host institutions.
  4. How much will hotel rooms cost?
    Nothing. See (2) above.
  5. What kind of robots will be used?
    We will mainly use Pioneer robots and Khepera robots. Hemission robots may also be available for use by then. Additionally, we will also use some simulators. See the Hardware link under Educational Materials for more information.
  6. How can I use Pyro at my own institution?
    Pyro is free and open-source, as are all the curricular materials. You will need to own your own robot(s) (Pioneer or Khepera). You can apply for funding from the NSF-DUE-CCLI Adaptation & Implementation Program as a pilot school (see Pilot Schools on the right on how to become one). You may also be able to run the course using just the simulators. However, as roboticists, we think it is important for students to experience real robots as well.

Go to the 2004 Workshop Page(s).



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