1. News

November 8, 2018

The deadline for forming project/seminar groups is postponed to Wednesday 21 November. This change is now reflected in the documents below.

November 6, 2018

Lectures 2 and 3 on Basic concepts will primarily be based on Chapters 1, 2, and 4 in the course book. Since the book is short and concise, we recommend a broader introduction to the area that is found in two texts by Roger Myerson, covering work by John Nash and Thomas Schelling. The texts are found in the Dropbox folder under "Recommended reading".

October 30, 2018

Welcome to the course! We will start with an introductory lecture on Monday, November 5, in FL51.

The schedule with lecture rooms is available in TimeEdit.

2. General course information


Other online resources:

3. Assignments, seminars, projects, etc

4. Other materials

Kristian's implementation of the Schelling segregation model: download (Mathematica notebook).

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  1. Recent updates
  2. Course description
  3. Schedule
  4. Problem sets
  5. Exams
  6. Links


1. Recent updates

This course is held is during study period 1 and starts next in September 2014.


2. Course description



Senior Lecturer Dr. Krister Wolff



In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

Basic mathematical and programming skills are required. It is recommended to be familiar with programming of microcontrollers. In addition, it is advantageous (but not absolutely necessary) to have taken the course FFR125 Autonomous Agents, or similar.


The course aims at giving the students (1) a basic understanding of the theory of humanoid robots, i.e. bipedal walking robots with an approximately humanlike shape, and (2) practical knowledge concerning humanoid robots, through a robot construction project.

Learning outcome (after completion of this course, the student should be able to)


  • Understand and describe the specific properties of humanoid robots, and state-of-the-art.
  • Derive and apply the kinematic equations for a basic robot system.
  • Understand the different methods for bipedal gait generation, i.e. zero moment point, central pattern generators and linear genetic programming.
  • Describe other motor behaviours (such as e.g. dexterous manipulation) for humanoid robots.
  • Apply algorithms for computer vision.
  • Have a basic understanding of sensors, actuators and other hardware in connection with humanoid robots.
  • Discuss and describe the advantages and disadvantages of humanoid robotics in relation to other kinds of robots.
  • Describe the potential roles of humanoid robots in society, w.r.t. social and ethical aspects, and applications.
  • Understand and discuss technical challenges with humanoid robots.
  • Apply the course knowledge in connection with a humanoid project




  • Introduction to humanoid robots
  • State of the art
  • Kinematics
  • Synthetization of bipedal gait; CPGs, ZMP, LGP
  • Other motor behaviours
  • Robot vision
  • Behavior based robotics
  • Hardware for humanoid robots
  • Applications
  • Robot interaction
  • Humanoid robots in society
  • Project planning




The course consist of lectures and lab sessions. In the lectures, the theory of humanoid robotics is covered and some (individual) assignments are given out. Next, the students select a humanoid robot project which is carried out in groups of 2-4 students. The results obtained in the different projects should be demonstrated in the class and a written report must be handed in.

For further details, please refer to the course home page.




Lecture notes, scientific papers, and handouts. The material will be made available via the course web page.



The examination consists of a graded take-home exam and a project report. The obtained partial grades will weighted together for a final course grade. For the project grade the total accomplishment of the project, as well as organization and structure, and documentation (planning report and final report) contribute. Oral presentation of the project is mandatory, but not included in the grade.

3. Schedule

Please have a look on the external course webpage for more information.

4. Problem sets

Please have a look on the external course webpage for more information.

5. Exams

Please have a look on the external course webpage for more information.

6. Links

External course webpage: http://www.am.chalmers.se/~wolff/Courses/TIF160/

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The aim of the course is to give an introduction to fundamental concepts of game  theory and to explore the concept of rationality and a series of applications and extensions of game theory. We focus on the effects of individual rationality and also the aggregate behaviour between agents in a large population. What are general principles for rational action? How well does this describe human behavior in practice? 


The final content of the course can and will be influenced by the students attending it (i.e. other topics may be added to this list). Topics that were covered in last year’s version of the course include: 

Basic game-theoretic concepts, theory and principles of rational decision-making, backward induction and the rationality paradox, analysis of repeated interaction, tragedy of the commons, evolutionary game theory, public good games, agent-based models in economics, behavioural economics and the environment, bargaining theory and dynamic games. 

The course was developed by Kristian Lindgren and Erik Sterner following a request (from Erik and a few of his classmates) to Kristian, asking him if he could give a course in game theory. It was first given in 2010 and 2011. After a break and work on the course format the formal criteria for becomming an electable masters course was reached during 2013 and the course will be given starting autumn 2014 (Quarter 2).  

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In this course, we study humanoid robots, i.e. robots that have an approximately human-like shape. Such robots form an important special case of the autonomous robots studied in the course Autonomous agents. For example, unlike wheeled robots, a walking humanoid robot is (in principle) able to climb stairs and is also, in general, better adapted (than a wheeled robot) to environments designed for people.

The course begins with two weeks of lectures, during which the theoretical foundations of humanoid robots are explored. The remaining part of the course consists of lab work, during which several different humanoid robots are used for solving a variety of tasks, focusing on human-robot interaction.

Student portal page: http://www.student.chalmers.se/sp/course?course_id=17261

External course webpage: http://www.am.chalmers.se/~wolff/Courses/TIF160/

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