The Duckietown project

Duckietown started as a class at MIT in 2016. You can watch the “duckumentary” created about the first class.

Duckietown is now a worldwide initiative to realize a new vision for AI/robotics education. 

Since 2018 the project is coordinated by the non-profit Duckietown Foundation.

Read more: The Duckietown Foundationour missionour story; how you can help.

The Duckietown platform

The platform has two parts: Duckiebots and Duckietowns. 

Duckiebots are low-cost mobile robots that are built almost entirely from off-the-shelf parts. The only onboard sensor is the forward-facing camera. 

Duckietowns are the roads, which are constructed from exercise mats and tape, and the signage which the robots use to navigate around. 

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Duckietown for education

The Duckietown platform designed as part of an a university AI/robotics curriculum. 

It has been used in prestigious universities, such as MIT, ETH Zürich, and Université de Montréal.

We are developing a “class-in-a-box” that comprises lectures, exercises, and theory, that combine with the physical robot platform to reinforce the core concepts. 

If you are an instructor interested in using Duckietown, read here to get started.

Duckietown for research

The Duckietown platform has also been used extensively for research on mobile robotics and physically embodied AI systems. 

We are very excited to announce the AI Driving Olympics, which will be a live competition at NIPS 2018.

If you are a researcher, read more about getting started about using the platform for research. See also: papers using Duckietown, the researchers using Duckietown.

Duckietown for “Makademics”

Makademics (makers + academics) are people who want to learn and build on their own and also want a very deep understanding of how things are working.
 
We want to allow everybody to learn AI/robotics even if they are not at elite institutions like MIT and ETH Zürich.
 

With Duckietown you can easily build your own robot, and follow along our lectures and interact with a global community of learners.

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