Robotics and Intelligent Systems
(MAE 345)

Fall 2017

3-4:20 pm, Tuesday and Thursday
J201, Engineering Quadrangle
Robert F. Stengel

Princeton University
School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Robotics and Intelligent Systems, MAE 345, provides students with a working knowledge of methods for design and analysis of robotic and intelligent systems. Particular attention is given to modeling dynamic systems, measuring and controlling their behavior, and making decisions about future courses of action. The content is necessarily broad, and the course level is introductory. The intent is to motivate and prepare students to conduct research projects and for further study through advanced courses in related areas.

Prerequisites for the course are the same as those of the Certificate Program in Robotics and Intelligent Systems.

The course is open to juniors and seniors who have applied by filling out the COURSE QUESTIONNAIRE . [Click to download the form]

. The course is particularly accessible to those majoring in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Operations Research and Financial Engineering, Philosophy, and Psychology.

Course Format

Two lectures are given each week of the regular term. Reading material for the course is accessible via Blackboard and on the Internet, much of it compiled in the Robotics and Intelligent Systems Virtual Reference Book and in Lecture Slides (copies of the 2017 slides can be accessed below). Seven computer-based ("Virtual Laboratory") assignments are given during the term, and a final term paper/project is due on the Dean's Date. Students typically use MATLAB, Simulink, and SimMechanics application software in preparing assignments.

Course Content


2017 Lecture Slides and Assignments

Robotics and Intelligent Systems: A Virtual Reference Book

Examples of Previous Term Paper Topics

Each term paper addressed one of the following objectives: Topics for completed term papers include:

Web Links

Software for Programming and Analysis

Tools for Building Robots

Libraries and Technical Report Servers

Computers and Instrumentation


Robots and Robotic Systems

Programs and Organizations


Events and Competitions

Related TED Talks

Selected Books
key words: robotics, intelligent systems, control systems, robot vehicles, industrial robots, optimization, numerical methods, neural networks, expert systems, task planning, Monte Carlo evaluation
Last updated May 11, 2018.
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