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Thrun, Burgard, Fox Probabilistic Robotics, MIT Press, 2006.


This is a senior design course for Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering students. We will assume that you are a senior in one of these programs. You will need to have either a background in automatic control (ECE 483/ME 431) or signal processing, or good programming skills. However, the main prerequisite is that you are clever, hard working, and want to work on hard, challenging problems. ssical control theory.


Final grades in the course will be based on the following distribution:

  • Project management assignments: 20%
  • Lab assignments: 20%
  • Quality of final project: 20%
  • Class participation and engagement: 20%
  • Written and oral reports: 20%

Project Management Assignments

You will meet with Mr. Doug Clifford twice a week throughout the semester and will learn project management skills. He will give you a number of assignments that will be graded.

Lab Assignments

During the first month of the class, we will meet regularly for technical lectures. We will also give you assignments that will help you to become familiar with the technical issues and the hardware that we will be using.

Quality of Final Project

The quality of the final project will be assessed and graded.

Class Participation and Engagement

Do you come to the technical lectures and participate? Do you attend group meetings? Are you fully engaged on the team? Are you a main contributor?

Written and Oral Reports

There will be two design reviews throughout the semester that will include oral (powerpoint) reports, as well as a final written written report which will need to be submitted electronically on this wiki.


Office Hours

Please respect my office hours. If they are not accommodating, make an appointment with me via email.

Honor Code Standards

In keeping with the principles of the BYU Honor Code, students are expected to be honest in all of their academic work. Academic honesty means, most fundamentally, that any work you present as your own must in fact be your own work and not that of another. Violations of this principle may result in a failing grade in the course and additional disciplinary action by the university.

Students are also expected to adhere to the Dress and Grooming Standards. Adherence demonstrates respect for yourself and others and supports an effective learning and working environment. It is the university’s expectation, and my own expectation in class, that each student will abide by all Honor Code standards Please contact the Honor Code Office (4440 WSC, 422-2847, if you have questions about those standards.

Preventing Sexual Discrimination or Harassment

Sexual discrimination or harassment (including student-to-student harassment) is prohibited both by the law and by Brigham Young University policy. If you feel you are being subjected to sexual discrimination or harassment, please bring your concerns to the professor. Alternatively, you may lodge a complaint with the Equal Employment Office (D-240C ASB, 422-5895, or with the Honor Code Office (4440 WSC, 422-2847,

Students with Disabilities

If you have a disability that may affect your performance in this course, you should get in touch with the office of University Accessibility Center (1520 WSC, 422-2767, This office can evaluate your disability and assist the professor in arranging for reasonable accommodations.