Building robots from the bottom . . up

Our Bottom-Up (or "behavior-based") Robotics project is headed up by Ken Livingston at Vassar College. Ken has been a leader in undergraduate cognitive science education for many years and has used behavior-based robotics as a central teaching tool in his own Introduction to Cognitive Science courses.

In addition to developing many tools to aid instructors in the use of these robots in the classroom, the Vassar Team has also created a virtual behavior-based robotics lab that can be used by students and instructors who do not have the time (and resources) to work with physical robots. The module that they have created has been enormously successful in a variety of piloting situations. We encourage you to consider using it yourself.

Vassar's Behavior-Based Robotics Lab

You can learn more about bottom-up robotics -- and wide range of other topic in AI and robotics in our comprehensive introduction to robotics built around robotics in the medical field. The behavior-based virtual lab is one of three labs embedded in a curriculum with text, images, and many videos of robots.

Introduction to Robotics (w/ Virtual Labs & Medical Robots)

To complement our virtual curriculum, The Mind Project is developing a physical robotics component called the Knight Rover Robotics Initiative. Using readily available, modestly priced robots we are developing robotic software that allows users to build behavior-based (bottom-up) robots that behave in a way very similar to "Vassar's Behavior Based Robotics Lab" above. The Knight Rover project is a long-term project that began in the Spring of 2017 and continues today.

Knight Rover Robotics

If you are a part of a robotics team we encourage you to share your experience with us. There is much we can learn from each other.



For an interesting contrast to the virtual behavior-based (bottom-up) lab, many instructors also use the Mind Project's top-down virtual robotics lab, which is designed around a classic, prolog-based AI program. You will find the top-down lab here:

Virtual (Top-Down) Robotics Lab