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Robot Operating System (ROS) for Absolute Beginners: Robotics Programming Made Easy
Learn how to get started with robotics programming using Robot Operation System (ROS). Targeted for absolute beginners in ROS, Linux, and Python, this short guide shows you how to build your own robotics projects.ROS is an open-source and flexible framework for writing robotics software. With a hands-on approach and sample projects, Robot Operating System for Absolute Beginners will enable you to begin your first robot project. You will learn the basic concepts of working with ROS and begin coding with ROS APIs in both C++ and Python.What You’ll Learn
  • Install ROS
  • Review fundamental ROS concepts
  • Work with frequently used commands in ROS
  • Build a mobile robot from scratch using ROS
Who This Book Is ForAbsolute beginners with little to no programming experience looking to learn robotics programming.
Published by: Apress | Publication date: 05/24/2018
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 295 pages

Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century
P. W. Singer explores the great­est revolution in military affairs since the atom bomb: the dawn of robotic warfareWe are on the cusp of a massive shift in military technology that threatens to make real the stuff of I, Robot and The Terminator. Blending historical evidence with interviews of an amaz­ing cast of characters, Singer shows how technology is changing not just how wars are fought, but also the politics, economics, laws, and the ethics that surround war itself. Travelling from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan to modern-day "skunk works" in the midst of suburbia, Wired for War will tantalise a wide readership, from military buffs to policy wonks to gearheads.
Author: P. W. Singer
Published by: Penguin Books | Publication date: 01/09/2009
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 511 pages

Artificial Intelligence for Robotics: Build intelligent robots that perform human tasks using AI techniques
Bring a new degree of interconnectivity to your world by building your own intelligent robotsKey Features
  • Leverage fundamentals of AI and robotics
  • Work through use cases to implement various machine learning algorithms
  • Explore Natural Language Processing (NLP) concepts for efficient decision making in robots
Book DescriptionArtificial Intelligence for Robotics starts with an introduction to Robot Operating Systems (ROS), Python, robotic fundamentals, and the software and tools that are required to start out with robotics. You will learn robotics concepts that will be useful for making decisions, along with basic navigation skills.As you make your way through the chapters, you will learn about object recognition and genetic algorithms, which will teach your robot to identify and pick up an irregular object. With plenty of use cases throughout, you will explore natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning techniques to further enhance your robot. In the concluding chapters, you will learn about path planning and goal-oriented programming, which will help your robot prioritize tasks.By the end of this book, you will have learned to give your robot an artificial personality using simulated intelligence.What you will learn
  • Get started with robotics and artificial intelligence
  • Apply simulation techniques to give your robot an artificial personality
  • Understand object recognition using neural networks and supervised learning techniques
  • Pick up objects using genetic algorithms for manipulation
  • Teach your robot to listen using NLP via an expert system
  • Use machine learning and computer vision to teach your robot how to avoid obstacles
  • Understand path planning, decision trees, and search algorithms in order to enhance your robot
Who this book is forIf you have basic knowledge about robotics and want to build or enhance your existing robot’s intelligence, then Artificial Intelligence for Robotics is for you. This book is also for enthusiasts who want to gain knowledge of AI and robotics. Table of Contents
  • Foundation for Advanced Robotics and AI
  • Setting Up Your Robot
  • A Concept for a Practical Robot Design Process
  • Object Recognition Using Neural Networks and Supervised Learning
  • Picking up the Toys
  • Teaching a Robot to Listen
  • Avoiding the Stairs
  • Putting Things Away
  • Giving the Robot an Artificial Personality
  • Conclusions and Reflections
  • Assessments
  • Published by: Packt Publishing | Publication date: 08/30/2018
    Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 344 pages

    Learning Robotics using Python: Design, simulate, program, and prototype an autonomous mobile robot using ROS, OpenCV, PCL, and Python, 2nd Edition
    Design, simulate, and program interactive robots Key Features
    • Design, simulate, build, and program an interactive autonomous mobile robot
    • Leverage the power of ROS, Gazebo, and Python to enhance your robotic skills
    • A hands-on guide to creating an autonomous mobile robot with the help of ROS and Python
    Book DescriptionRobot Operating System (ROS) is one of the most popular robotics software frameworks in research and industry. It has various features for implementing different capabilities in a robot without implementing them from scratch.This book starts by showing you the fundamentals of ROS so you understand the basics of differential robots. Then, you'll learn about robot modeling and how to design and simulate it using ROS. Moving on, we'll design robot hardware and interfacing actuators. Then, you'll learn to configure and program depth sensors and LIDARs using ROS. Finally, you'll create a GUI for your robot using the Qt framework. By the end of this tutorial, you'll have a clear idea of how to integrate and assemble everything into a robot and how to bundle the software package.What you will learn
    • Design a differential robot from scratch
    • Model a differential robot using ROS and URDF
    • Simulate a differential robot using ROS and Gazebo
    • Design robot hardware electronics
    • Interface robot actuators with embedded boards
    • Explore the interfacing of different 3D depth cameras in ROS
    • Implement autonomous navigation in ChefBot
    • Create a GUI for robot control
    Who this book is forThis book is for those who are conducting research in mobile robotics and autonomous navigation. As well as the robotics research domain, this book is also for the robot hobbyist community. You’re expected to have a basic understanding of Linux commands and Python. Table of Contents
  • Getting started with ROS
  • Understanding basics of differential robots
  • Modeling the Differential Drive Robot
  • Simulating a Differential Drive Robot Using ROS
  • Designing ChefBot Hardware and Circuits
  • Interfacing Actuators and Sensors to the Robot Controller
  • Interfacing Vision Sensors with ROS
  • Building ChefBot Hardware and the Integration of Software
  • Designing a GUI for a Robot Using Qt and Python
  • Assessments
  • Published by: Packt Publishing | Publication date: 06/27/2018
    Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 282 pages

    Robotic Process Automation: Guide To Building Software Robots, Automate Repetitive Tasks & Become An RPA Consultant
    Robotics & Cognitive technology is changing the world around you Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is an exciting field that is revolutionizing the way tasks are done. Algorithms are taking over the jobs done by individuals in various markets. RPA is perfect for eliminating redundant, repetitive tasks that are holding you back from working on things that really require your attention. We are on the cusp of a revolution that is going to eliminate a lot of jobs. Rather than wait for your own job to get automated or redundant, we recommend joining the automation revolution and obtaining the skills that will enable further automation. Rise of the RobotsThis is the perfect book for you if you are looking to become an automation consultant – a field that is poised to grow dramatically in the next few years with mass unemployment becoming an increasingly probable reality. Getting into automation by specializing in RPA is an option for people who are programmers as well as non-programmers due to their intuitive design & no-code developer environments. This fascinating book features quick-start advice on how to get going with this powerful technology. We will be looking at deployment strategies, platform selection guidance, RPA project management, programming techniques and automation scenarios across a variety of different applications like Windows, Microsoft Excel, Databases, SAP, etc. Richard provides an overview of multiple, highly rated RPA platforms including Blue Prism, UiPath, Automation Anywhere, Softomotive Winautomation, etc. He also looks at the future of automation and how cognitive technologies, Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence are expected to dramatically enhance the speed and efficiency of business in the machine age. RPA is being successfully applied to e-commerce, back-office processes, banks, financial service companies, Business Process Outsourcing, etc. Contents include:
    • The evolution of automation technology
    • How RPA is transforming enterprises
    • Overview of RPA Platforms
    • Robot Security
    • RPA Use Cases
    A must-read for entrepreneurs looking to cut costs at their startup, programmers who want to stay relevant in a fast-changing world of automation, students or anyone looking to transform their careers, lives and the world around them.
    Publication date: 05/30/2018
    Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 282 pages

    Robotics: Merit Badge Series
    Boy Scouts of America's Merit Badge Series pamphlet for Robotics.The secret to successfully earning a merit badge is for you to use both the pamphlet and the suggestions of your counselor. Your counselor can be as important to you as a coach is to an athlete. Use all of the resources your counselor can make available to you.This may be the best chance you will have to learn about this particular subject. Make it count!Now in Kindle format, this merit badge pamphlet is one in a series of more than 100 covering all kinds of hobby and career subjects. It is made available for you to buy as a service of the national and local councils, Boy Scouts of America. The costs of the development, writing, and editing of the merit badge pamphlets are paid for by the Boy Scouts of America in order to bring you the best book at a reasonable price.
    Published by: Boy Scouts of America | Publication date: 08/07/2014
    Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 88 pages

    Probabilistic Robotics (Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Agents series)
    An introduction to the techniques and algorithms of the newest field in robotics.Probabilistic robotics is a new and growing area in robotics, concerned with perception and control in the face of uncertainty. Building on the field of mathematical statistics, probabilistic robotics endows robots with a new level of robustness in real-world situations. This book introduces the reader to a wealth of techniques and algorithms in the field. All algorithms are based on a single overarching mathematical foundation. Each chapter provides example implementations in pseudo code, detailed mathematical derivations, discussions from a practitioner's perspective, and extensive lists of exercises and class projects. The book's Web site,, has additional material. The book is relevant for anyone involved in robotic software development and scientific research. It will also be of interest to applied statisticians and engineers dealing with real-world sensor data.
    Published by: The MIT Press | Publication date: 08/19/2005
    Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 672 pages

    Artificial Intelligence: 101 Things You Must Know Today About Our Future
    Did you know that artificial intelligence is changing our world faster than we can imagine?It will impact every area of our lives.And this is happening whether we like it or not.Artificial intelligence will help us do almost everything better, faster and cheaper, and it will profoundly change industries such as transportation, tourism, healthcare, education, retail, agriculture, finance, sales and marketing. In fact, AI will dramatically change our entire society.You might have heard that many jobs will be replaced by automation and robots, but did you also know that at the same time a huge number of new jobs will be created by AI?This book covers many fascinating and timely topics related to artificial intelligence, including: self-driving cars, robots, chatbots, and how AI will impact the job market, business processes, and entire industries, just to name a few.This book is divided into ten chapters:
  • Chapter I: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
  • Chapter II: How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Many Industries
  • Chapter III: How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Business Processes
  • Chapter IV: Chatbots and How They Will Change Communication
  • Chapter V: How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing the Job Market
  • Chapter VI: Self-Driving Cars and How They Will Change Traffic as We Know It
  • Chapter VII: Robots and How They Will Change Our Lives
  • Chapter VIII: Artificial Intelligence Activities of Big Technology Companies
  • Chapter IX: Frequently Asked Questions About Artificial Intelligence Part I
  • Chapter X: Frequently Asked Questions About Artificial Intelligence Part II
  • To enhance your learning experience and help make the concepts easier to understand, there are more than 85 visual presentations included throughout the book.You will learn the answers to 101 questions about artificial intelligence, and also have access to a large number of resources, ideas and tips that will help you to understand how artificial intelligence will change our lives.Who is this book for?
    • Managers and business professionals
    • Marketers and influencers
    • Entrepreneurs and startups
    • Consultants and coaches
    • Educators and teachers
    • Students and life-long learners
    • And everyone else who is interested in our future.
    Are you ready to discover how artificial intelligence will impact your life?This guidebook offers a multitude of tools, techniques and strategies that every business and individual can quickly apply and benefit from.
    Publication date: 01/31/2018
    Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 290 pages

    Robotics, Vision and Control: Fundamental Algorithms In MATLAB® Second, Completely Revised, Extended And Updated Edition (Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics Book 118)
    Robotic vision, the combination of robotics and computer vision, involves the application of computer algorithms to data acquired from sensors. The research community has developed a large body of such algorithms but for a newcomer to the field this can be quite daunting. For over 20 years the author has maintained two open-source MATLAB® Toolboxes, one for robotics and one for vision. They provide implementations of many important algorithms and allow users to work with real problems, not just trivial examples. This book makes the fundamental algorithms of robotics, vision and control accessible to all. It weaves together theory, algorithms and examples in a narrative that covers robotics and computer vision separately and together. Using the latest versions of the Toolboxes the author shows how complex problems can be decomposed and solved using just a few simple lines of code. The topics covered are guided by real problems observed by the author over many years as a practitioner of both robotics and computer vision. It is written in an accessible but informative style, easy to read and absorb, and includes over 1000 MATLAB and Simulink® examples and over 400 figures. The book is a real walk through the fundamentals of mobile robots, arm robots. then camera models, image processing, feature extraction and multi-view geometry and finally bringing it all together with an extensive discussion of visual servo systems. This second edition is completely revised, updated and extended with coverage of Lie groups, matrix exponentials and twists; inertial navigation; differential drive robots; lattice planners; pose-graph SLAM and map making; restructured material on arm-robot kinematics and dynamics; series-elastic actuators and operational-space control; Lab color spaces; light field cameras; structured light, bundle adjustment and visual odometry; and photometric visual servoing. “An authoritative book, reaching across fields, thoughtfully conceived and brilliantly accomplished!” OUSSAMA KHATIB, Stanford
    Author: Peter Corke
    Published by: Springer | Publication date: 05/20/2017
    Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 693 pages

    Learning Robotic Process Automation: Create Software robots and automate business processes with the leading RPA tool - UiPath: Create Software robots ... with the leading RPA tool – UiPath
    Design RPA solutions to perform a wide range of transactional tasks with minimal cost and maximum ROIKey Features
    • A beginner's guide to learn Robotic Process Automation and its impact on the modern world
    • Design, test, and perform enterprise automation task with UiPath
    • Create Automation apps and deploy them to all the computers in your department.
    Book DescriptionRobotic Process Automation (RPA) enables automating business processes using software robots. Software robots interpret, trigger responses, and communicate with other systems just like humans do. Robotic processes and intelligent automation tools can help businesses improve the effectiveness of services faster and at a lower cost than current methods.This book is the perfect start to your automation journey, with a special focus on one of the most popular RPA tools: UiPath.Learning Robotic Process Automation takes you on a journey from understanding the basics of RPA to advanced implementation techniques. You will become oriented in the UiPath interface and learn about its workflow. Once you are familiar with the environment, we will get hands-on with automating different applications such as Excel, SAP, Windows and web applications, screen and web scraping, working with user events, as well as understanding exceptions and debugging. By the end of the book, you'll not only be able to build your first software bot, but also you'll wire it to perform various automation tasks with the help of best practices for bot deployment.What you will learn
    • Understand Robotic Process Automation technology
    • Learn UiPath programming techniques to deploy robot configurations
    • Explore various data extraction techniques
    • Learn about integrations with various popular applications such as SAP and MS Office
    • Debug a programmed robot including logging and exception handling
    • Maintain code version and source control
    • Deploy and control Bots with UiPath Orchestrator
    Who This Book Is ForIf you would like to pursue a career in Robotic Process Automation or improve the efficiency of your businesses by automating common tasks, then this book is perfect for you. Prior programming knowledge of either Visual Basic or C# will be useful.Table of Contents
  • What is Robotics Process Automation
  • Record and Play
  • Getting started with Sequence, Flowchart, Control Flow
  • Memorize and Manipulation Data
  • Take control of the controls– Selection and Extraction
  • Tame that application with plugins and extensions
  • Handling User Events and Assistant bots
  • Exception Handling, Debugging, and Logging
  • Managing and maintaining the code
  • Deploying and maintaining the bot
  • Published by: Packt Publishing | Publication date: 03/28/2018
    Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 362 pages
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