Kōans 2014 - Archive

Kōans 2014 - Archive

2014 Student Presentations Completed

Thanks all for great presentations, and very interesting projects! You can find the video recordings on our Kōan Google+ page.

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Presentation schedule

  • Thursday 5 February 2015:
  • Time slotGroup
    9:00 AM – 9:25 AM CETGroup 3B
    9:30 AM – 9:55 AM CETGroup 5B/5A
    10:30 AM – 10:55 AM CETGroup 4A
  • Friday 13 February 2015:
  • Time slotGroup
    9:00 AM – 9:25 AM CETGroup 6B
    10:00 AM – 10:25 AM CETGroup 12
    10:30 AM – 10:55 AM CETGroup 6A
    11:00 AM – 11:25 AM CETGroup 7
    11:30 AM – 11:55 AM CETGroup 1A

Timeline

  • 25 November: Kōans published
  • 30 November: Deadline, select a Kōan
  • 2 December: Student groups published
  • 18 December: Preliminary design report
  • 5 and 13 February (extended): Group presentations

Active kōans

Kōan 1: “Swiss Robots” with adaptive morphology

Kōan 1

Kōan 3: Take Puppy out for a walk

Kōan 3

Kōan 4: Braitenberg vehicles

Kōan 4

Kōan 5: A soft touch

Kōan 5

Kōan 6: Evolution of brain and body

Kōan 6

Kōan 7: Evolution of locomotion gait in modular robots

Kōan 7
  • Description: Pdf
  • Groups:
  • Group 7
    Teaching Assistants:Tapio Tarvainen (P), Martin F. Stoelen (S)
    Students:David Estevez Fernandez
    David Garcia Campos
    Markus Kastrop
    Clara Gómez Blázquez
    Ruba Kharrubi

Kōan 12: Attractor states as the 
basis of symbol grounding

Kōan 12
  • Description: Pdf
  • Groups:
  • Group 12
    Teaching Assistants:Martin F. Stoelen (P), Anthony Morse (S)
    Students:Vishal Raveendranathan
    Beatriz López Rodriguez
    张 晓桐
    Karola Schlegelmilch
    Yasmin Ansari


Potential kōans

Kōan 2: From passive to actuated dynamic walking

Kōan 2
  • Description: Pdf

Kōan 8: “Useful” robot collaboration from local rules

Kōan 8
  • Description: Pdf

Kōan 9: EyebotSim

Kōan 9
  • Description: Pdf

Kōan 10: Passive walking and hopping on a comet

Kōan 10
  • Description: Pdf

Kōan 11: Define your own kōan

Kōan 11
  • Description: Pdf


Grading

  • Preliminary design report (25%)
    • Ideas, plans and current progress
    • Concise, maximum 4 pages
    • Graded by your teaching assistant
  • Group presentations (75%)
    • Google Hangouts or similar
    • Evaluated by a presentation panel

Cyberbotics Webots

  • Download the Webots simulator
  • Register for 30 day trial of Webots Pro
  • IMPORTANT: Use email registered with ShanghAI Lectures website account (let us know if not)
  • License will be extended until end of semester (participating students/teaching assistants)
  • Useful tutorials here!

Useful Webots examples


Other resources

  • Pdf of introductory presentation given in lecture 6 (20 November 2014)

Recordings of the presentations from previous years are available here:

General questions on group projects:


Checkout our Kōan Google+ page: Google+

Wikipedia: “A Kōan (公案) … is a story, dialogue, question, or statement, which is used in Zen-practice to provoke the "great doubt", and test a student's progress in Zen practice.”

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