Autonomous Robots: From Biological Inspiration to Implementation and Control (Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Agents series) George A. Bekey

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Published: May 20th 2005

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560 pages


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Autonomous Robots: From Biological Inspiration to Implementation and Control (Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Agents series)  by  George A. Bekey

Autonomous Robots: From Biological Inspiration to Implementation and Control (Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Agents series) by George A. Bekey
May 20th 2005 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 560 pages | ISBN: | 3.48 Mb

Autonomous robots are intelligent machines capable of performing tasks in the worldby themselves, without explicit human control. Examples range from autonomous helicopters to Roomba,the robot vacuum cleaner. In this book, George Bekey offers anMoreAutonomous robots are intelligent machines capable of performing tasks in the worldby themselves, without explicit human control. Examples range from autonomous helicopters to Roomba,the robot vacuum cleaner. In this book, George Bekey offers an introduction to the science andpractice of autonomous robots that can be used both in the classroom and as a reference for industryprofessionals.

He surveys the hardware implementations of more than 300 current systems, reviewssome of their application areas, and examines the underlying technology, including control,architectures, learning, manipulation, grasping, navigation, and mapping. Living systems can beconsidered the prototypes of autonomous systems, and Bekey explores the biological inspiration thatforms the basis of many recent developments in robotics.

He also discusses robot control issues andthe design of control architectures.After an overview of the field that introduces some of itsfundamental concepts, the book presents background material on hardware, control (from bothbiological and engineering perspectives), software architecture, and robot intelligence. It thenexamines a broad range of implementations and applications, including locomotion (wheeled, legged,flying, swimming, and crawling robots), manipulation (both arms and hands), localization,navigation, and mapping.

The many case studies and specific applications include robots built forresearch, industry, and the military, among them underwater robotic vehicles, walking machines withfour, six, and eight legs, and the famous humanoid robots Cog, Kismet, ASIMO,and QRIO. The bookconcludes with reflections on the future of robotics -- the potential benefits as well as thepossible dangers that may arise from large numbers of increasingly intelligent and autonomousrobots.



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