- Hardcover: 1611 pages
- Publisher: Springer; 2008 edition (20 May 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 354023957X
- ISBN-13: 978-3540239574
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 8.3 x 26.7 cm
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Springer Handbook of Robotics
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"A comprehensive collection of the international accomplishments in the field and presents the very latest research in robotics. … Designed for research and practice, the handbook is edited by the internationally renowned robotics experts … . The coverage of all specialist fields infringing into robotics makes this handbook a reliable desk reference for scientists and engineers in the industry. It also provides basic and more advanced content for scholars from related disciplines such as biomechanics, neurosciences, virtual simulation, animation, surgery, and sensor networks, among others." (Renate Bayaz, EurekAlert!, May, 2008)
"Together with Oussama Khatib, who is a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, Siciliano has edited and launched a ‘Handbook of Robotics’ that aims to make the increasingly complex field of robotics more accessible to engineers, doctors, computer scientists and designers. … The handbook was conceived to provide a valuable resource not only for robotics experts, but also for newcomers to this expanding field [such as] engineers, medical doctors, computer scientists, and designers." (Liz Tay, iTnews, June, 2008)
"The ‘Springer Handbook of Robotics’ … basically differs from other handbooks of robotics focusing on industrial applications. It presents a widespread and well-structured coverage from the foundations of robotics, through the consolidated methodologies and technologies, up to the new emerging application areas of robotics. The handbook is an ideal resource for robotics experts but also for people new to this expanding field such as engineers, medical doctors, computer scientists, designers; edited by two internationally renowned experts." (Amazon, Juni, 2008)
"Siciliano and Khatib have assembled a massive and comprehensive tome on robotics, circa 2008. Sections of the book can be read by a diverse audience of undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and even the general public. Spanning any field associated with the subject." (W Boudville, Amazon, Juni, 2008)
"The handbook is a very large and truly encyclopedic work, covering all aspects of robotics, from fundamental principles to applications. The book’s 1,600 pages are subdivided into seven parts … . Each of the seven parts is subdivided into multiple chapters, all written by experts in their fields throughout the world. … This amazing book does an incredible job of balancing theory and practice throughout. It should be an immensely valuable reference for students and practitioners of robotics for many years to come." (George A. Bekey, IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, September, 2008)
"The book’s seven parts and 64 chapters concisely review wholesomely ‘traditional’ applications of robotics, as well as address emerging questions of the science and technology of robots. … The volume is rich in indexes and lists. The accompanying DVD- ROM assists readers in perusing the topics. This is a must-have work for anyone with even a remote interest and interaction with this field. … Summing Up: Essential. Graduate students, researchers, faculty, professionals, and informed general readers." (G. Trajkovski, Choice, Vol. 46 (6), February, 2009)
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There is considerable maths in the modelling of robots. Often to understand and control an arm. The multiple degrees of freedom of joints are wonderful for dexterity. But these often give an excursion into advanced linear algebra and control systems theory. Several chapters go into the necessary maths. You probably need at least 2 years of undergraduate engineering maths as preparation.
The myriad applications in which robots have been deployed is amply surveyed in Part F, Field and Service Robotics. In the household, there is of course the floor cleaning Roomba. A cute little gizmo, but it is not a toy; a genuine robot in its own right. The chapter mentioning it also describes an entire genre of competitors; mostly lesser known to the public.
Another chapter on agriculture and forestry talks about using robots for tasks like harvesting. Usually more successful when the terrain is flat and well defined; ie. having only one crop present. While the general case of a robot in hilly, wooded terrain with multiple obstacles and different species of trees is much harder to program.
I also ran into something in this chapter from my past, and it impressed me as to the book's comprehensiveness. At the University of Western Australia, there was a long running program to devise a robot sheep shearer. It started in the 70s and I met several of its researchers. I lost track of it after 1983, but I'd wondered whatever became of it. The book takes up the thread, explaining that the program took on the name Shear Magic, and was ultimately discontinued because it was never fast enough. But even in failure, this robotic application had a side effect. The demonstration of the technology was used by farmers to browbeat human shearers into moderating their wage claims, by playing off longstanding fears of workers about being replaced by machines. Of course, whether or not this was desirable may be a function of your political leanings.
To me, the most interesting section of the entire book concerned mirror neurons. This was a fundamental recent discovery in biology. The relevance to robotics is still perhaps speculative. Several robotics researchers have attempted to use it as inspiration for teaching a robot via its visual input and processing system. This contrasts greatly with the traditional teaching use of rule based formal logic, often involving the predicate calculus. The results described in the text are early but promising.
One slight curiosity is the relative deprecating of military applications. These are numerous and scattered throughout various chapters. Covering uses like landmine detectors, or the aerial Predator and its relatives that have seen much recent use in Iraq and Afghanistan for surveillance and attack. But at the top level of the Contents, there is no section on the military. And if you go to the Index, "military" is absent, while, for example, "mind reading" gets 2 entries. The downplaying of the military is especially puzzling given the historically prominent role of the US military in funding advanced robotics research.