CS 23N
Robotics and Machine Learning
Handout #1: Course Information

Meeting Times and Locations

      Lecture: 3 units. MW 2.15-3.30pm. Location: Gates 260
      Lab: Gates 38B

Teaching Staff

Geoffrey Gordon
Office: Gates 148
Office hours: TBA
Phone: (650) 725-8797
Fax: (650) 725-1449

Andrew Ng
Office: Gates 156
Office hours: TBA
Phone: (650) 725-2593
Fax: (650) 725-1449

Course Description

This course will introduce students to research in artificial intelligence, specifically in the topics of robotics and machine learning. We will work together on a small, quarter-long, research project, in which we will build one or more small robots, and use artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to make them move. In the process, we'll learn about robot building, AI, and what it's like to do research in computer science.

Students who are either considering getting involved in research, or who would like to learn more about it, are especially encouraged to take this class.


No prior experience in research, AI, or robotics is expected, but students should already be able to write moderately complex computer programs (such as having completed CS106B or X).

Online Resources

Lab and Safety

Gates B38 is a lab space that you can use to build and store your robots. You can obtain a key to the lab by going to Gates 176 and asking for the key for CS23N. (The CS department may ask for a deposit for the key.)

Some of the tools in the lab, if used in inappropriately, can easily cause an accident that may seriously injure someone. Always remember the following safety rules:

Communication with the teaching staff

We strongly encourage students to come to office hours. If that is not possible, the questions should be sent to (consisting of Geoff and Andrew). By having questions sent to this mailing list, you will get answers much more quickly. Of course, more personal questions can still be sent directly to Professor Gordon or Ng. Electronic submissions of assignments can also be mailed to cs23n-instructors@cs. Microsoft word ".doc" files should never be sent to this address. For written assignments, use instead plaintext ASCII, PostScript or PDF files only.

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