Seth Hutchinson    

      University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


What I'm teaching this semester (Spring 2017):

This semester, I'm Teaching ECE 445: Senior Design Laboratory. This course helps electrical and computer engineering seniors make the transition into industry through self-chosen team projects. To do so, the course emulates the day-to-day life of a real engineering design environment. Students put together what they have learned in prior courses and experiences, develop teamwork and leadership skills, and gain in-depth practical knowledge in a topic that excites them. and possibly a bit of visual servo control.

Courses I like to teach:

  • ECE 470: Introduction to Robotics. I frequently teach teach this course in the fall semester. Topics include homogeneous transformations, forward and inverse kinematics, manipulator Jacobians, basic path planning, basic computer vision methods, and possibly some visual servo control. You'll find the web page for the most recent (possibly current) semester for which I taught (or possibly am teaching) the course here.
  • ECE 550 Advanced Robotic Planning. This course is typically offered every second semester (odd numbered years). Topics can vary quite a bit, and there is sometimes a significant emphasis on papers from the literature (presented by students). For the basic material, the course relies on the Howie Book. You'll find a recent course web page here.
  • ECE 515: Control System Theory and Design. This is a fundamental graduate-level course on the modern theory of dynamical systems and control. It builds on an introductory undergraduate course in control (such as ECE 486), and emphasizes state space techniques for the analysis of dynamical systems and the synthesis of control laws meeting given design specifications. Topics include modeling and analysis of control systems, structural properties of control systems (stability, controllability, observability), feedback controller design, and optimal control. The departmental web site for the course is here. The daily syllabus for my most recent offering of the course is here.
  • ECE 486: Control Systems. This the basic intro controls class for ECE students. Topics include the usual - Laplace transforms, root locus, Bode, Nyquist, and a bit of state space. The departmental web site for the course is here. The daily syllabus for my most recent offering of the course is here.