Abstract

The project titled Innovative Curricular Components in Cooperative Robotics builds on existing educational programs to create innovative curricular components from ideas in cooperative robotics. Recent advances in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence are creating widely useful technology, and ideas that were previously confined to laboratories have now started to enter mainstream knowledge. As students aspire for future careers and plan their pathway through the university, robotics is one of the best curricular choices for creating motivation and also for preparing graduates for success. Drawing inspiration from the existing curriculum on seven big ideas in robotics, we are developing strategies to integrate five big ideas in cooperative robotics as modules into Computer Science curriculum at various levels. The key application idea is the autonomous exploration of space and planetary surfaces. Students will be motivated by this scientific adventure and meaningful participation in the mission for sustainability of future space exploration endeavors, such as building a base on the moon or traveling to Mars.