faculty workshop is scheduled for August
3-5, 2005 at Swarthmore College.
To apply fill out this form. For additional information,
to the 2005 Workshop Page(s).
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 Swarthmore College.
Most of the robot programming will involve the use of simulators
and several robot platforms: Pioneer
robots, Khepera robots, SONY Aibo robots, and Hemisson robots. Each
participant will be expected to write and test their own robot programs.
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 Swarthmore 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.
- 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.
- How much
will hotel rooms cost?
Nothing. See (2) above.
- What kind of robots will be used?
We will mainly use Pioneer robots and Khepera robots. SONY Aibo robots
and Hemission robots may also be available for use by then. Additionally,
we will also use
the Hardware link under Educational Materials for more information.
- 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.
to the 2005 Workshop
Proposal (full text PDF document)