Foundation of Robotics

Cornell University, Fall 2023

Instructor: Tapomayukh Bhattacharjee

Lecture: MWF 3:35-4:25PM, Office Hours: See Ed

Credits: Fall 2023 - 4 credits - Letter grades only.

Week 1 Announcement

First lecture on August 21st!


Robotics is interdisciplinary and draws inspiration from many different fields towards solving a variety of tasks in real-world environments using physical systems. This course is a challenging introduction to basic computational concepts used broadly in robotics. By the end of this course, students should have a fundamental understanding of how the different sub-fields of robotics such as kinematics, state estimation, motion planning, and controls come together to develop intelligent behaviors in physical robotic systems. The mathematical basis of each area will be emphasized, and concepts will be motivated using common robotics applications. Students will be evaluated using a mixture of theoretical and programming exercises throughout the semester.

This course is offered in two versions; one for undergraduate students, and one for CS graduate students. While both versions cover similar material, the graduate version includes additional deliverables, including additional problems in some assignments. If you are a graduate student, you need to enroll in the graduate version of the course. For any questions, please contact Prof. Bhattacharjee.

Tapomayukh (Tapo) Bhattacharjee

Tapomayukh (Tapo) Bhattacharjee


Tapo wants to enable robots to assist people with mobility limitations with activities of daily living. He believes that efficient and safe physical and social interactions between robots and their immediate environments is the key. His work spans the fields of human-robot interaction, haptic perception, and robot manipulation.