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This paper examines LEGO Mindstorms'#8482; suitability as a hardware platform for integrating robotics into an Artificial Intelligence course organized around the agent paradigm popularized by Russell and Norvig. This evaluation discusses how kits and projects based on Mindstorms supported students' exploration of the issues behind the design of agents from(More)
A key issue in the development of next-generation intelligent systems is the ability to perceive and understand the complex environments in which they will operate. Complex environments are characterized by variable signal-to-noise ratios, unpredictable source behavior , and the simultaneous occurrence of target sources whose signal signatures can overlap ,(More)
The World Wide Web has become an invaluable information resource but the explosion of available information has made web search a time consuming and complex process. The large number of information sources and their different levels of accessibility, reliability and associated costs present a complex information gathering control problem. This paper(More)
EEective information gathering on the WWW is a complex task requiring planning, scheduling, text processing, and interpretation-style reasoning about extracted data to resolve inconsistencies and to reene hypothesis about the data. This paper describes the rationale, architecture, and implementation of a next generation information gathering system { a(More)
This paper presents the RCXLisp library, an extension to Common Lisp that allows students to investigate a broad range of artificial intelligence and computer science topics using the LEGO MindStorms® platform. The library has two features that distinguish it from other third-party packages and languages designed by academics and hobbyists for(More)
1 We demonstrate the possibilities offered by the new NXT platform for CS artificial intelligence curricular development. The NXT provides a number of hardware improvements over the RCX, including a faster processor and more memory. We demonstrate the curricular materials developed in the LMICSE archive, including autonomous mobile robot localization and(More)
We describe the possibility of using the Lego Mindstorms robots to support the ACM Computing Curriculum 2001, using them in lab exercises and projects for classes from beginning courses in programming to advanced courses in operating systems, compilers, networks and artificial intelligence. We first describe the limitations of the robots, both hardware and(More)
The Integrated Processing and Understanding of Signals (IPUS) architecture is presented as a framework that exploits formal signal processing models to structure the bidirectional interaction between front-end signal processing and signal understanding processes. This architecture is appropriate for complex environments , which are characterized by variable(More)
Lego Mindstorms is an inexpensive robotics system consisting of a microprocessor brick, various sensors and motors, and numerous Lego pieces. It can be programmed in a variety of languages, including Java and C++. Since its initial release in 1996, dozens of papers have been written on its use in computer science education. In fact, a recent search for "(More)
This paper presents the IPUS (Integrated Processing and Understanding of Signals) architecture to address the traditional perceptual paradigm's shortcomings in complex environments. It has two premises: (1) the search for correct interpretations of signal processing algorithms' (SPAs) outputs requires concurrent search for SPAs and control parameters(More)