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Robotics for Autonomous Vehicle Systems Bootcamp

Developed by SAE International, in partnership with Clemson University and Argo AI

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12-Week Bootcamp for Individuals and Teams

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Course Modules

Apply your coding skills toward essential robotic tasks and functions.


Simultaneous Localization and Mapping

  • Define SLAM & Differentiate several SLAM approaches
  • Explore different localization algorithms
  • Implement SLAM for mapping and use the Navigation Stack in ROS to localize and plan the robot motion


  • Describe the Sense-Think-Act framework and its relevance in an autonomous system
  • Outline basic topology & commands of the Robot Operating System

Navigation/Path Planning

  • Discuss the relative uses and merits of greedy and non-greedy path-planning approaches
  • Use the Navigation Stack in ROS to extract waypoints for robot motion and implement a pure pursuit controller to navigate through them

Perception: LiDAR, Cameras & Vision and Visual Intelligence

  • Describe the role of sensing systems in autonomous navigation
  • Implement lateral control for wall following
  • Use OpenCV to implement a line follower

Machine Learning

  • Explain basic machine learning concepts
  • Understand the difference between traditional perception and ML
  • Implement a ROS wrapper around trained models to detect and classify objects using Keras

Capstone Project

Implement Turtlebot Burger exercises that test skills in:
  • Working with Lidar and camera data
  • Object detection using pre-trained neural networks
  • Generating maps and localizing within that environment
  • Planning and control

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"This pilot provided a useful introduction to the basics of mobile robotics, aided by a strong set of hands-on coding challenges. I would recommend this course as a bridge to engineers who are ready to jump from academia to the professional world."

—Bootcamp Participant

"The Bootcamp accomplished exactly what I set out for. After completing all the lectures and the assignments, capped with the group Capstone project, it gave me a very good overall understanding of the Robotics topics that enables me to start contributing at my job right away."

—Bootcamp Participant

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