Cognitive Robotics

An illustration of a robotic claw with two blocks in the front, one red and the other blue. Also four letters, "MERS" is printed in the corner, which stands for "Model-based Embedded and Robotics System."

An illustrated robotic claw from the Model-based Embedded and Robotic Systems Group at MIT.


MIT Course Number

16.412J / 6.834J

As Taught In

Spring 2016



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This is a class about applying autonomy to real-world systems. The overarching theme uniting the many different topics in this course will center around programming a cognitive robotic. This class takes the approach of introducing new reasoning techniques and ideas incrementally. We start with the current paradigm of programming you're likely familiar with, and evolve it over the semester—continually adding in new features and reasoning capabilities—ending with a robust, intelligent system. These techniques and topics will include algorithms for allowing a robot to: Monitor itself for potential problems (both observable and hidden), scheduling tasks in time, coming up with novel plans to achieve desired goals over time, dealing with the continuous world, collaborating with other (autonomous) agents, dealing with risk, and more.

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Brian Williams. 16.412J Cognitive Robotics. Spring 2016. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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