Humanitech CSC 192 and CSC 192H Sections
for Fall 2016
CSC 192-A and 192H-A Robotics
The challenge for this section is to control a robot, under human control and then autonomously, to navigate some kind of obstacle course. This involves building a robot kit, dealing with sensors to detect obstacles, simple programming, problem solving. No previous programming experience is needed as the course is fully self-contained. Students will learn about simple robots and controls, computational problem solving, algorithm development, simple machine learning and AI, and fundamental programming. If the challenge is met, a friendly competition will be held to see which robot can navigate the course most efficiently. While students will be provided considerable guidance and mentoring, they are free to be creative and to fail (failing is a great way to learn). No experience in any of these areas is needed or is expected, and often the least informed come up with the most original ideas.
Pete Santago, PhD
CSC 192-B and CSC 192H-B Digital Sound and Music
In this course, student will be introduced to the science of digital sound and music, including the way in which sound is changed from analog to digital form so that it can be manipulated by a computer. As students record and edit their own music and sound effects, they will gain experience with the hardware and software used in music production. Tools and systems used in the course will include sound cards, microphones, MIDI keyboards, synthesizers, samplers, audio editing software, and MATLAB.
CSC 192-C and 192H -C Sensors and Drones
This STEM section seeks to explore and develop innovative technology that can help people with disabilities or the environment. Starting with specific challenges, students work in small teams exploring computing and sensor technology to design and implement solutions to these challenges. For disabilities, these solutions often take the form of wearable devices involving programmable Arduino boards, sonar sensors, bluetooth modules, etc. An example of such solution is the Human Echo Location Partner (H.E.L.P.) device developed by students to help visually impaired individuals sense proximity to nearby objects. For the environment, students work on developing or improving the capabilities of small aerial or underwater drones used for conservation purposes. Faculty mentors for this section include Profs. Pauca, Conner (Biology) and Silman (Biology).
CSC192-D and CSC192H-D 3D Printing with Programmable Parts
Students will learn how to design and print 3D objects using 3D modeling software and an in-house 3D printer. They will also design dynamic and movable parts for the objects
and program them with microprocessors such as Raspberry Pis or Arduinos. No programming experience is necessary for students in CSC192. Students with programming experience will register as CSC192H and will serve as mentors to the beginning-level students.