Year of ERTS
| May 27
|| The Year of ERTS project is over, but the ERTS project
is on-going. This Summer, development and field testing is underway—as always,
you are welcome to observe or participate. P545 is scheduled for the Fall 2010
semester. More information on the Year of ERTS will be posted as it becomes
If you would like to learn more about ERTS, the associated research, or the
Embedded and Real-Time Systems curriculum, please contact
Prof. Steve Johnson
| Apr 10
||Initial Year of ERTS posting.
ERTS is a computer controlled golf cart developed by participants in
the Embedded & Real-Time Systems course
Its mission is to be a resource for a wide range of research areas at
Indiana University. In addition to computer science research in robotics
and embedded systems, target areas include cognitive science, artificial
intelligence, human-computer interaction, biomorphic & neurological
computation, and others.
In order to meet such a broad range of experimental needs, ERTS is designed to
be highly configurable and easy to work with. Though still a work in progress,
futher development needs guidance from actual experimental use.
Throughout the 2009–10 school year, we will be working on projects
hosted by ERTS. In the Fall, an expanded version of P545 is being
offered to engage participants whose program of study includes an interest in
robotics. For undergraduates in both informatics and computer science,
a section of CSCI B490 (seminar, §29732) is scheduled on the topic
of Autonomous Robotics.
Undergraduate and graduate students interested in arranging independent study
(CSCI Y491, CSCI Y790, INFO 492/3) are invited to participate—contact
Real-world robotic experimentation is inherently a team endeavor.
It requires a breadth of expertise that few individuals have, or have time for.
As researchers focus on their experimental objectives,
additional design skills are needed to cope with physical dyamics,real time,
sensory phenomena, and so on. Of course, the benefit of all this effort
is that the results have substantially greater impact.
The goal for Year of ERTS is to identify and train
groups with the necessary combination of skills to do experimental
research projects, starting in the Spring semester.
Participants are not required to have any specific background beyond basic
programming experience (equivalent to two courses). However
each participant is expected to contribute some background
for which robotic experimentation is appropriate and valuable.
These objectives provide opportunities for students in computer systems,
programming languages, and other core areas of computer science, to experience
robotics, autonomous vehicles, and more generally, embedded system design.
This is an important and rapidly evolving design domain with many open problems.
||Guage potential interest in
Year of ERTS and talk to researchers about possible experiments.
||Evaluate projects to determine the resources, people,
and equipment they need.
||Sections of P545 and B490 sections will meet together.
During the first eight weeks, all students will learn the basics of driving ERTS,
through a cumulative sequence of exercises in basic GPS following and obstacle
avoidance. These exercises a based on the Python scripting/prototpying
language. During the second eight weeks, groups will do with preliminary
experimentatal development, using the programming language(s) best suited to
||P545/B490 projects will continue if there is sufficent interest to
do so, leading to experimental design, prototyping, and feasibility studies.
||Experimentation and publication of early results.
For more information about P545 and ERTS see:
the P545 home page,
the ERTS home page,
Watch here for updates,
or contact the Instructor.