Harvard CS249r: Special Topics in Edge Computing - Autonomous Machines

Fall 2019 Derek Bok Center Distinction in Teaching Award

Harvard CS249r: Special Topics in Edge Computing - Autonomous Machines

Fall 2019

Course Overview

The course covers a broad range of hardware and software topics in the context of smart/intelligent embedded systems. Traditional embedded systems are passive electronic devices that perform a single task and operate in isolation. In contrast, modern embedded systems are intelligent devices that involve complex hardware and software to perform a multitude of cognitive functions collaboratively. Designing such systems requires us to have deep understanding of the target application domains, as well as an appreciation for the coupling between the hardware and the software subsystems. To this end, the course is designed to help students come up to speed on various aspects of edge computing hardware and software, including interactions with remote cloud computing systems and microcontroller edge endpoints. Each year the course focuses on one or more emerging areas, including but not limited to autonomous vehicles, robotics, mobile, etc. The course is ideal for students that are interested in cross-layer and interdisciplinary work. It is a seminar-style course so students are expected to discuss and interact after reading the assigned research papers. Finally, there are programming assignments that provide the foundation for a course project. The Fall 2019 edition focuses on Autonomous Machines (cars, drones, ground robots, manipulators, etc.). The course is primarily structured around building “systems” for autonomous machines. For example, we will discuss what are all the hardware and software components that are involved in developing the intelligence required for an autonomous car?

Brian Plancher
Assistant Professor