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The robotics primer

Author: Maja J Matarić
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2007.
Series: Intelligent robotics and autonomous agents.
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"The Robotics Primer offers a broadly accessible introduction to robotics for students at pre-university and university levels, hobbyists, and anyone interested in this burgeoning field. The text takes the reader from the most basic concepts (including perception and movement) to the most novel and sophisticated applications and topics (humanoids, shape-shifting robots, space robotics), with an emphasis on what it  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Maja J Matarić
ISBN: 9780262633543 026263354X
OCLC Number: 79002109
Description: xvii, 306 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: What is a robot? --
Where do robots come from? : Control theory ; Cybernetics ; Artificial intelligence --
What's in a robot? : Embodiment ; Sensing ; Action ; Brains and brawn ; Autonomy --
Arms, legs, wheels, tracks, and what really drives them : Active vs. passive actuation ; Types of actuators ; Motors ; Degrees of freedom --
Move it! : Stability ; Moving and gaits ; Wheels and steering ; Staying on the path vs. getting there --
Grasping at straws : Endeffectors ; Teleoperation ; Why is manipulation hard? --
What's going on? : Levels of processing --
Switch on the light : Passive vs. active sensors ; Switches ; Light sensors ; Resistive position sensors --
Sonars, lasers, and cameras : Ultrasonic or sonar sensing ; Laser sensing ; Visual sensing --
Stay in control : Feedback or closed loop control ; The many faces of error ; An example of a feedback control robot ; Types of feedback control ; Feedforward or open loop control --
The building blocks of control : Who needs control architectures? ; Languages for programming robots ; And the architectures are ...--
What's on your head? : The many ways to make a map ; What can the robot represent? ; Costs of representing --
Think hard, act later : What is planning? ; Costs of planning --
Don't think, react! : Action selection ; Subsumption architecture ; Herbert, or how to sequence behaviors through the world --
Think and act separately, in parallel : Dealing with changes in the world/map/task ; Planning and replanning ; Avoiding replanning ; On-line and off-line planning --
Think the way you act : Distributed representation ; An example : distributed mapping --
Making your robot behave : Behavior arbitration: make a choice ; Behavior fusion: sum it up --
When the unexpected happens : An example: emergent wall-following ; The whole is greater than the sum of its parts ; Components of emergence ; Expect the unexpected ; Predictability of surprise ; Good vs. bad emergent behavior ; Architectures and emergence --
Going places : Localization ; Search and path planning ; SLAM ; Coverage --
Go, team! : Benefits of teamwork ; Challenges of teamwork ; Types of groups and teams ; Communication ; Getting a team to play together ; Architectures for multi-robot control --
Things keep getting better : Reinforcement learning ; Supervised learning ; Learning by imitation/from demonstration ; Learning and forgetting --
Where to next? : Space robotics ; Surgical robotics ; Self-reconfigurable robotics ; Humanoid robotics ; Social robotics and human-robot interaction ; Service, assistive and rehabilitation robotics ; Educational robotics ; Ethical implications.
Series Title: Intelligent robotics and autonomous agents.
Responsibility: Maja J. Matarić ; illustrations by Nathan Koenig.
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