2013 American Control Conference

The ACC is internationally recognized as a premier scientific and engineering conference dedicated to the advancement of control theory and practice. The ACC brings together an international community of researchers and practitioners to discuss the latest findings in control research and practice.

The 2013 ACC will feature several kinds of presentations including contributed and invited papers, invited sessions, tutorial sessions, and special sessions along with workshops and exhibits. The conference will also feature theme tracks in sustainability, societal challenges for control, and smart healthcare systems.

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Sponsored Session: Flipping the Robotics Classroom
Organizer: Craig Buhr, MathWorks
Presenter: Magnus Egerstedt, Georgia Institute of Technology
Tuesday, June 18th
12:10p.m. – 1:30p.m.

Bridging the theory-practice gap in robotics education is a well-known, hard nut to crack, where the educational experience typically falls on either the “Let’s hack something together” side or “Let’s prove some seemingly irrelevant theorems” side of the equation. In this talk, I will discuss how one can approach this divide using a flipped classroom. Based on my recent MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), Control of Mobile Robots, where over 40,000 students were exposed to control theory and its application to robotics, I have flipped the classroom in a senior robotics and controls class at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The students take the MOOC online and then come to class prepared to program robots. Key to this is not only the theoretical content being delivered via the MOOC, but also a high-fidelity robotics simulator implemented using MATLAB, and this format has the potential to completely change how we teach engineering by providing a learning environment where exploratory, practical tinkering is grounded in solid theory. In this talk, we further discuss why engineering MOOCs have lagged behind computer science, how the flipped classroom format is ideal for engineering courses, as well as report on my flipped classroom findings, including the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Locations & Dates

Booth 17
Washington D.C., DC
17 Jun 2013