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The Robotics Primer
1. What is a robot? 2. Where do robots come from? 3. What's in a robot? 4. Arms, legs, wheels, tracks, and really drives them 5. Move it! 6. Grasping at straws 7. What's going on? 8. Switch on ghe light 9. Sonars, lasers, and cameras 10. Stay in control 11. The building bolcks of control 12. What's in your head? 13. Think hard, act later 14. Don't think, react! 15. Think and act separately, in parallel 16. Think the way you act 17. Making your robot behave 18. When the unexpected happens 19. Going places 20. Go, team! 21. Things keep getting better 22. Where to next?
Published by MIT Press on 01/18/2019
Book details: 306 pages.

Robots are entering the mainstream. Technologies have advanced to the point of mass commercialization -- Roomba, for example -- and adoption by governments -- most notably, their use of drones. Meanwhile, these devices are being received by a public whose main sources of information about robots are the fantasies of popular culture. We know a lot about C-3PO and Robocop but not much about Atlas, Motoman, Kiva, or Beam -- real-life robots that are reinventing warfare, the industrial workplace, and collaboration. In this book, technology analyst John Jordan offers an accessible and engaging introduction to robots and robotics, covering state-of-the-art applications, economic implications, and cultural context.Jordan chronicles the prehistory of robots and the treatment of robots in science fiction, movies, and television -- from the outsized influence of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to Isaac Asimov's I, Robot (in which Asimov coined the term "robotics"). He offers a guided tour of robotics today, describing the components of robots, the complicating factors that make robotics so challenging, and such applications as driverless cars, unmanned warfare, and robots on the assembly line. Roboticists draw on such technical fields as power management, materials science, and artificial intelligence. Jordan points out, however, that robotics design decisions also embody such nontechnical elements as value judgments, professional aspirations, and ethical assumptions, and raise questions that involve law, belief, economics, education, public safety, and human identity. Robots will be neither our slaves nor our overlords; instead, they are rapidly becoming our close companions, working in partnership with us -- whether in a factory, on a highway, or as a prosthetic device. Given these profound changes to human work and life, Jordan argues that robotics is too important to be left solely to roboticists.
Published by MIT Press on 10/07/2016
Book details: 272 pages.

Robotics Science
These 16 contributions provide a field guide to robotics science today. Each takes up current work the problems addressed, and future directions in the areas of perception, planning, control, design, and actuation. In a substantial introduction, Michael Brady summarizes a personal list of 30 problems, problem areas, and issues that lie on the path to development of a science of robotics. These involve sensing vision, mobility, design, control, manipulation, reasoning, geometric reasoning and systems integration. Contents: The Problems of Robotics, Michael Brady. Perception. A Few Steps Toward Artificial 3-D Vision, Olivier D. Faugeras. Contact Sensing for Robot Active Touch. Paolo Dario. Learning and Recognition in Natural Environments. Alex Pentland and Robert Bolles. 3-D Vision for Outdoor Navigation by an Autonomous Vehicle, Martial Hebert and Takeo Kanade. Planning. Geometric Issues in Planning Robot Tasks, Tomas Lozano Perez and Russell Taylor. Robotic Manipulation: Mechanics and Planning, Matthew Mason. Control. A Survey of Manipulation and Assembly: Development of the Field and Open Research Issues, Daniel Whitney. Control, Suguru Arimoto. Kinematics and Dynamics for Control, John Hollerbach. The Whole Iguana, Rodney Brooks. Design and Actuation. Design and Kinematics for Force and Velocity Control of Manipulators and End Effectors, Bernard Roth. Arm Design, Haruhiko Asada. Behavior Based Design of Robot Effectors, Stephen Jacobsen, Craig Smith, Klaus Biggers, and Edwin Iversen. Using an Articulated Hand to Manipulate Objects, Kenneth Salisbury, David Brock and Patrick O'Donnell. Legged Robots, Marc Raibert. Michael Brady is Professor of Information Engineering at Oxford University. Robotics Science is included in the System Development Foundation Benchmark series. System Development Foundation grants have contributed significantly to the development of robotics in the United States during the 1980s.
Published by MIT Press on 01/01/1989
Book details: 617 pages.

Cutting Edge Robotics
Published by I-Tech on 01/18/2019
Book details: 784 pages.

Remote Control Robotics
Increasingly, robots are being used in environments inhospitable to humans such as the deep ocean, inside nuclear reactors, and in deep space. The techniques used to control these robots are the subject of this book. The author begins with a basic introduction to robot control and covers topics such as teleprompting, operator interfaces, visual imagery, and command generation. Additionally, problematic issues are addressed, including noisy control lines, feedback and response information, and predictive displays.
Author: Craig Sayers
Published by Springer Science & Business Media on 01/18/1999
Book details: 224 pages.

Experimental Robotics VI
This book presents the proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Experimental Robotics held in Sydney in March 1999. The editors and contributors represent the leading robotics research efforts from around the world. Micro-machines, interplanetary exploration, minimally invasive surgery and emerging humanoid robots are among the most obvious attainments of leading robotics research teams reported in this volume. Less obvious but equally significant are the fundamental advances in robot map-building and methods of communication between humans and machines that are demonstrated through experimental results. This collection of papers will provide the reader with a concise report on the current achievements and future trends in robotics research across the world.
Published by Springer Science & Business Media on 10/22/1999
Book details: 532 pages.

Neural Systems for Robotics
Neural Systems for Robotics represents the most up-to-date developments in the rapidly growing aplication area of neural networks, which is one of the hottest application areas for neural networks technology. The book not only contains a comprehensive study of neurocontrollers in complex Robotics systems, written by highly respected researchers in the field but outlines a novel approach to solving Robotics problems. The importance of neural networks in all aspects of Robot arm manipulators, neurocontrol, and Robotic systems is also given thorough and in-depth coverage. All researchers and students dealing with Robotics will find Neural Systems for Robotics of immense interest and assistance. Key Features * Focuses on the use of neural networks in robotics-one of the hottest application areas for neural networks technology * Represents the most up-to-date developments in this rapidly growing application area of neural networks * Contains a new and novel approach to solving Robotics problems
Published by Elsevier on 12/02/2012
Book details: 346 pages.

Approaches to Robotics in the United States and Japan
Published by National Academies on 01/18/1990
Book details: 21 pages.

Probabilistic Robotics
Probablistic robotics is a growing area in the subject, concerned with perception and control in the face of uncertainty and giving robots a level of robustness in real-world situations. This book introduces techniques and algorithms in the field.
Published by MIT Press on 08/19/2005
Book details: 647 pages.

Human Robotics
This book proposes a transdisciplinary approach to investigating human motor control that synthesizes musculoskeletal biomechanics and neural control. The authors argue that this integrated approach -- which uses the framework of robotics to understand sensorimotor control problems -- offers a more complete and accurate description than either a purely neural computational approach or a purely biomechanical one. The authors offer an account of motor control in which explanatory models are based on experimental evidence using mathematical approaches reminiscent of physics. These computational models yield algorithms for motor control that may be used as tools to investigate or treat diseases of the sensorimotor system and to guide the development of algorithms and hardware that can be incorporated into products designed to assist with the tasks of daily living. The authors focus on the insights their approach offers in understanding how movement of the arm is controlled and how the control adapts to changing environments. The book begins with muscle mechanics and control, progresses in a logical manner to planning and behavior, and describes applications in neurorehabilitation and robotics. The material is self-contained, and accessible to researchers and professionals in a range of fields, including psychology, kinesiology, neurology, computer science, and robotics.
Published by MIT Press on 09/13/2013
Book details: 277 pages.
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