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Nehmzow, Ulrich 1961-

Works: 41 works in 122 publications in 3 languages and 2,117 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: TJ211.415, 629.892
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Most widely held works by Ulrich Nehmzow
Mobile robotics : a practical introduction by Ulrich Nehmzow( Book )

26 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and Italian and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mobile Robotics: A Practical Introduction (2nd edition) is an excellent introduction to the foundations and methods used for designing completely autonomous mobile robots. A fascinating, cutting-edge, research topic, autonomous mobile robotics is now taught in more and more universities. In this book you are introduced to the fundamental concepts of this complex field via twelve detailed case studies that show how to build and program real working robots. Topics covered in clued learning, autonomous navigation in unmodified, noisy and unpredictable environments, and high fidelity robot simulation. This new edition has been updated to include a new chapter on novelty detection, and provides a very practical introduction to mobile robotics for a general scientific audience. It is essential reading for 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate students and postgraduate students studying robotics, artificial intelligence, cognitive science and robot engineering. The update and overview of core concepts in mobile robotics will assist and encourage practitioners of the field and set challenges to explore new avenues of research in this exiting field. The author is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Essex. "A very fine overview over the relevant problems to be solved in the attempt to bring intelligence to a moving vehicle." Professor Dr. Ewald von Puttkamer, University of Kaiserslautern "Case studies show ways of achieving an impressive repertoire of kinds of learned behaviour, navigation and map-building. The book is an admirable introduction to this modern approach to mobile robotics and certainly gives a great deal of food for thought. This is an important and though-provoking book." Alex M. Andrew in Kybernetes Vol 29 No 4 and Robotica Vol 18
Scientific methods in mobile robotics : quantitative analysis of agent behaviour by Ulrich Nehmzow( Book )

16 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Scientific Methods in Mobile Robotics: Quantitative Analysis of Agent Behaviour is a decisive step towards a theoretical understanding of the operation of autonomous mobile robots. This book presents research results on the application of chaos theory, parametric and non-parametric statistics and dynamical systems theory in mobile robotics. It lays the foundations of the emerging field of analytical robotics by providing a quantitative analysis of the interaction between robot, task and environment and will enable wider discussion and further research."--Jacket
Robot behaviour : design, description, analysis and modelling by Ulrich Nehmzow( Book )

19 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Robot Behaviour - Design, Description, Analysis and Modelling is the successor to the first textbook published in this field: Scientific Methods in Mobile Robotics and introduces the emerging field of scientific methods in mobile robotics to a wider audience of advanced undergraduate students, postgraduate students as well as researchers in robotics, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, ethology, biology and psychology." "With numerous exercises (solutions) and examples from research, including how robot behaviours can be compared and evaluated, how robot platform-independent code (Robot Java) can be obtained, how to determine analytically which sensors of a robot are important and which are not, and how to obtain robot control code directly from observing a human demonstrator, without any traditional programming, this book will be of great value to researchers and graduate students in mobile robotics, behavioural science and cognitive science."--Jacket
Mobile Robotik : eine praktische Einführung by Ulrich Nehmzow( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in German and Italian and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dieses Buch ist eine umfassende Einführung in die Konzeption und Konstruktion von autonomen mobilen Robotern. Dem Leser werden die Grundlagen dieses komplexen Gebiets anhand von 12 detaillierten Fallstudien vermittelt, die den Bau und die Programmierung von Robotern in der Praxis beschreiben. Dieses Buch wendet sich an einen allgemeinen wissenschaftlichen Leserkreis und ist besonders wertvoll für Ingenieure, Informatiker und Studenten im Bereich der Robotik, der Künstlichen Intelligenz, und der Kognitionswissenschaften
Robotica mobile Un'introduzione pratica by Ulrich Nehmzow( )

10 editions published in 2008 in Italian and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Steps towards intelligent robots by Ulrich Nehmzow( Book )

3 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abstract: "'Really Useful Robots', a research project in the domain of mobile robots, investigates new ways of controlling robots in order to achieve flexibility in unforeseen situations. This report describes the underlying ideas and mechanisms of that part of this research that has to do with competence generation. We propose a self-organizing type of controller for a mobile robot. Rather than decompose the control task into subtasks and implement these (an analytic approach) we propose to use competence generators which generate the necessary competences, using instincts (a synthetic approach). We have built a mobile robot and equipped it with a first version of such a self-organizing controller."
Location recognition in a mobile robot using self-organising feature maps by Ulrich Nehmzow( Book )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abstract: "Self-organising structures are a dominant feature of the experimental mobile robots built in our 'Really Useful Robots' project. This paper continues where [Nehmzow & Smithers 90] finished. It explains some initial experiments using self-organising feature maps, and how those maps can be used by a mobile robot to recognise locations in its environment. This location recognition capability is achieved without using sensory information. Instead information derived from the motor actions of the robot is used, and shown to be sufficient."
Mapbuilding using self-organising networks in "really useful robots" by Ulrich Nehmzow( Book )

3 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abstract: "The Really Useful Robots (RUR) project is seeking to understand how robots can be built that develop and maintain the task achieving competences they require for flexible and robust behaviour in variable and unforeseen situations, as opposed to these being installed by their designers. In this paper we present an experimental autonomous robot with a map building competence which uses a self-organising network. Map building forms a necessary step on the way to development of a navigational competence. Some encouraging initial test results are also presented."
Using motor actions for location recognition by Ulrich Nehmzow( Book )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abstract: "We present a Behaviour-based mobile robot that is able to autonomously build internal representations of its environment and use these for location recognition. This is done by a process of self organisation, no explicit world-model is given. The robot uses an artificial neural network for mapbuilding and additional adaptive processes to achieve successful location recognition. The robot reliably recognises locations in the world and can cope with the noise inherent to the real world."
TAROS-05 : proceedings of Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems 2005 : incorporating the Autumn Biro-Net Symposium : Imperial College London, September 12-14th 2005 by TAROS-05( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Model identification and model analysis in robot training by R Inglesias( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Autonomous acquisition of sensor-motor couplings in robots by Ulrich Nehmzow( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abstract: "Fixed robot controllers are suitable for tasks whose main characteristics are known a priori. However, for tasks such as exploration of unknown territory, fixed controllers tend to be too brittle as they rely on predefined knowledge, supplied by the designer. For such tasks (i.e. tasks in which a-priori knowledge is limited) we propose to use self-organising controllers which allow the robot to acquire the necessary competences autonomously ([Nehmzow et al. 89]). The paper describes experiments with mobile robots, in which the robots autonomously determine effective connections between their sensory input and their motor response to it. In these experiments, artificial neural networks are used to store associations between sensory input and motor responses, the networks are trained in a self-supervised way, making use of so-called instinct-rules which govern the robots' behaviour. The fast learning achieved enables the robots to adapt to changing circumstances such as changes in their environment or their morphology (e.g. sensor failure)."
TAROS-2005 : e-proceedings of Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems 2005 ; incorporating the Autumn Biro-Net Symposium, Imperial College London, 12-14th September, 2005 by TAROS (Conference)( )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Experiments in competence acquisition for autonomous mobile robots by Ulrich Nehmzow( )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This thesis addresses the problem of intelligent control of autonomous mobile robots, particularly under circumstances unforeseen by the designer. As the range of applications for autonomous robots widens and increasingly includes operation in unknown environments (exploration) and tasks which are not clearly specifiable a priori (maintenance work), this question is becoming more and more important. It is argued that in order to achieve such flexibility in unforeseen situations it is necessary to equip a mobile robot with the ability to autonomously acquire the necessary task achieving competences, through interaction with the world. Using mobile robots equipped with self-organising, behaviour-based controllers,experiments in the autonomous acquisition of motor competences and navigational skills were conducted to investigate the viability of this approach. A controller architecture is presented that allows extremely fast acquisition of motor competence such as obstacle avoidance, wall and corridor following and deadend escape: these skills are obtained in less than five learning steps,performed in under one minute of real time. This is considerably faster than previous approaches. Because the effective wiring between sensors and actuators is determined autonomously by the robot, sensors and actuators may initially be wired up arbitrarily,which reduces the risk of human error during the setting up phase of the robot. For the first time it was demonstrated that robots also become able to autonomously recover from unforeseen situations such as changes in the robot's morphology, the environment or the task. Rule-based approaches to error recovery obviously cannot offer recovery from unforeseen errors,as error situations covered by such approaches have to be identified beforehand. A robust and fast map building architecture is presented that enables mobile robots to autonomously construct internal representations of their environment, using self-organising feature maps. After a short training time the robots are able to use these self-organising feature maps successfully for location recognition. For the first time the staged acquisition of multiple competences in mobile robots is presented. First obtaining fundamental motor competences such as wall following and deadend escape (primary skills), the robots use these in a second stage to learn higher levels of competence such as the navigational task of location recognition (secondary skills). Besides laying the foundation of autonomous, staged acquisition of high level competences, this approach has the interesting property of securely grounding secondary skills in the robot's own experience, as these secondary skills are defined in terms of the primary ones
Mobile robotics in the United Kingdom( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Learning by observation through system identification( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Accurate robot simulation through system identification( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robot training using system identification by O Akanyeti( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Mobile robotics : a practical introduction
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Nehmzow, U. 1961-

Nehmzow, U. 1961-2010

Nehmzow, U. (Ulrich), 1961-

Nehmzow, U. (Ulrich), 1961-2010

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Scientific methods in mobile robotics : quantitative analysis of agent behaviourRobot behaviour : design, description, analysis and modellingMobile Robotik : eine praktische EinführungRobotica mobile Un'introduzione pratica