Household Service Robotics

  • Filename: household-service-robotics.
  • ISBN: 9780128009437
  • Release Date: 2014-12-05
  • Number of pages: 564
  • Author: Yangsheng Xu
  • Publisher: Academic Press

Copyright ©2015 Zhejiang University Press, Published by Elsevier Inc. Household Service Robotics is a collection of the latest technological advances in household service robotics in five main areas: robot systems, manipulation, navigation, object recognition, and human-robot interaction. The book enables readers to understand development s and apply them to their own working areas, including: Robotic technologies for assisted living and elderly care Domestic cleaning automation Household surveillance Guiding systems for public spaces Service robotics is a highly multidisciplinary field, requiring a holistic approach. This handbook provides insights to the disciplines involved in the field as well as advanced methods and techniques that enable the scale-up of theory to actual systems. It includes coverage of functionalities such as vision systems, location control, and HCI, which are important in domestic settings. Provides a single source collection of the latest development in domestic robotic systems and control Covers vision systems, location control, and HCI, important in domestic settings Focuses on algorithms for object recognition, manipulation, human-robot interaction, and navigation for household robotics

Service Robotics within the Digital Home

  • Filename: service-robotics-within-the-digital-home.
  • ISBN: 9400714912
  • Release Date: 2011-06-27
  • Number of pages: 174
  • Author: Ignacio González Alonso
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

This book provides the reader with a clear and precise description of robotics and other systems for home automation currently on the market, and discusses their interoperability and perspectives for the near future. It shows the different standards and the development platforms used by the main service robots in an international environment. This volume provides a scientific basis for the user who is looking for the best option to suit his or her needs from the available alternatives to integrate modern technology in the digital home.

Robot Futures

  • Filename: robot-futures.
  • ISBN: 9780262018623
  • Release Date: 2013
  • Number of pages: 133
  • Author: Illah Reza Nourbakhsh
  • Publisher: MIT Press

With robots, we are inventing a new species that is part material and part digital.The ambition of modern robotics goes beyond copying humans, beyond the effort to make walking,talking androids that are indistinguishable from people. Future robots will have superhumanabilities in both the physical and digital realms. They will be embedded in our physical spaces,with the ability to go where we cannot, and will have minds of their own, thanks to artificialintelligence. They will be fully connected to the digital world, far better at carrying out onlinetasks than we are. In Robot Futures, the roboticist Illah Reza Nourbakhshconsiders how we will share our world with these creatures, and how our society could change as itincorporates a race of stronger, smarter beings. Nourbakhsh imagines a future that includes adbotsoffering interactive custom messaging; robotic flying toys that operate by means of "gazetracking"; robot-enabled multimodal, multicontinental telepresence; and even a way thatnanorobots could allow us to assume different physical forms. Nourbakhsh follows each glimpse intothe robotic future with an examination of the underlying technology and an exploration of the socialconsequences of the scenario. Each chapter describes a form of technologicalempowerment -- in some cases, empowerment run amok, with corporations and institutions amassing evenmore power and influence and individuals becoming unconstrained by social accountability. (Imaginethe hotheaded discourse of the Internet taking physical form.) Nourbakhsh also offers acounter-vision: a robotics designed to create civic and community empowerment. His book helps usunderstand why that is the robot future we should try to bring about.

Springer Handbook of Robotics

  • Filename: springer-handbook-of-robotics.
  • ISBN: 9783319325521
  • Release Date: 2016-07-27
  • Number of pages: 2227
  • Author: Bruno Siciliano
  • Publisher: Springer

The second edition of this handbook provides a state-of-the-art cover view on the various aspects in the rapidly developing field of robotics. Reaching for the human frontier, robotics is vigorously engaged in the growing challenges of new emerging domains. Interacting, exploring, and working with humans, the new generation of robots will increasingly touch people and their lives. The credible prospect of practical robots among humans is the result of the scientific endeavour of a half a century of robotic developments that established robotics as a modern scientific discipline. The ongoing vibrant expansion and strong growth of the field during the last decade has fueled this second edition of the Springer Handbook of Robotics. The first edition of the handbook soon became a landmark in robotics publishing and won the American Association of Publishers PROSE Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences & Mathematics as well as the organization’s Award for Engineering & Technology. The second edition of the handbook, edited by two internationally renowned scientists with the support of an outstanding team of seven part editors and more than 200 authors, continues to be an authoritative reference for robotics researchers, newcomers to the field, and scholars from related disciplines. The contents have been restructured to achieve four main objectives: the enlargement of foundational topics for robotics, the enlightenment of design of various types of robotic systems, the extension of the treatment on robots moving in the environment, and the enrichment of advanced robotics applications. Further to an extensive update, fifteen new chapters have been introduced on emerging topics, and a new generation of authors have joined the handbook’s team. A novel addition to the second edition is a comprehensive collection of multimedia references to more than 700 videos, which bring valuable insight into the contents. The videos can be viewed directly augmented into the text with a smartphone or tablet using a unique and specially designed app.

Internet and Distributed Computing Systems

  • Filename: internet-and-distributed-computing-systems.
  • ISBN: 9783642414282
  • Release Date: 2013-10-22
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: Mukaddim Pathan
  • Publisher: Springer

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Internet and Distributed Computing Systems, IDCS 2013, held in Hangzhou, China, in October 2013. The 20 revised full papers and 13 invited papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from numerous submissions. The papers cover the following topics: ad-hoc and sensor networks, internet and Web technologies, network operations and management, information infrastructure; resilience, as well as fault tolerance and availability.

The Robotics Divide

  • Filename: the-robotics-divide.
  • ISBN: 9781447153580
  • Release Date: 2013-08-13
  • Number of pages: 221
  • Author: Antonio López Peláez
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

Societies survive in their environment and compete with each other depending on the technology they develop. Economic, military and political power are directly related to the available technology, while access to technology is key to the well-being of our societies at the individual, community and national level. The Robotics Divide analyzes how robotics will shape our societies in the twenty-first century; a time when industrial and service robotics, particularly for military and aerospace purposes, will become an essential technology. The book, written by experts in the field, focuses on the main technological trends in the field of robotics, and the impact that robotics will have on different facets of social life. By doing so, the authors aim to open the “black box” of a technology which, like any other, is designed, implemented and evaluated according to the economic and cultural patterns of a cosmopolitan society, as well as its relations of power. The Robotics Divide explores future developments in robotics technology and discusses the model of technological development and the implementation of robotics in this competitive market economy. Then the authors examine to what extent it is possible to determine the characteristic features of the robotic divide, namely in what ways the robotic divide differs from the digital divide, and how a model to integrate this technology can be developed without reproducing patterns of inequality and power that have characterized the advent of previous technologies. These issues - inequality, robotics and power - are of concern to robotics and advanced automation engineers, social scientists, economists and science policy experts alike.

Concise international encyclopedia of robotics

  • Filename: concise-international-encyclopedia-of-robotics.
  • ISBN: UOM:49015003042547
  • Release Date: 1990-04-30
  • Number of pages: 1190
  • Author: Richard C. Dorf
  • Publisher: Wiley-Interscience

This volume, a condensation of the highly regarded International Encyclopedia of Robotics, serves as an invaluable guide to the rapidly growing field of robotics. None of the articles from the earlier three-volume work has been omitted. Instead, the articles have been shortened and, where necessary, updated to provide a ready-reference tool for professionals seeking to understand and gain from the use of robots and automation. Written by a wide variety of experts, the articles are cross-referenced and include extensive bibliographic information. The articles provide thorough coverage of all of the associated theoretical aspects of robotics as well as most of the present and future applications. Stressing readability, accuracy and ease of use, it gathers in one volume the result of years of knowledge and experience.

How the Body Shapes the Way We Think

  • Filename: how-the-body-shapes-the-way-we-think.
  • ISBN: 0262162393
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 394
  • Author: Rolf Pfeifer
  • Publisher: Bradford Books

How could the body influence our thinking when it seems obvious that the brain controls the body? In How the Body Shapes the Way We Think, Rolf Pfeifer and Josh Bongard demonstrate that thought is not independent of the body but is tightly constrained, and at the same time enabled, by it. They argue that the kinds of thoughts we are capable of have their foundation in our embodiment -- in our morphology and the material properties of our bodies. This crucial notion of embodiment underlies fundamental changes in the field of artificial intelligence over the past two decades, and Pfeifer and Bongard use the basic methodology of artificial intelligence -- "understanding by building" -- to describe their insights. If we understand how to design and build intelligent systems, they reason, we will better understand intelligence in general. In accessible, nontechnical language, and using many examples, they introduce the basic concepts by building on recent developments in robotics, biology, neuroscience, and psychology to outline a possible theory of intelligence. They illustrate applications of such a theory in ubiquitous computing, business and management, and the psychology of human memory. Embodied intelligence, as described by Pfeifer and Bongard, has important implications for our understanding of both natural and artificial intelligence.

Service Robots and Robotics Design and Application

  • Filename: service-robots-and-robotics-design-and-application.
  • ISBN: 9781466602922
  • Release Date: 2012-03-31
  • Number of pages: 441
  • Author: Ceccarelli, Marco
  • Publisher: IGI Global

"This book offers the latest research within the field of service robotics, using a mixture of case studies, research, and future direction in this burgeoning field of technology"--

Industrial Robotics

  • Filename: industrial-robotics.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015060811489
  • Release Date: 2005
  • Number of pages: 211
  • Author: Harry Colestock
  • Publisher: Tab Books

With so many industries taking advantage of the tremendous advances in robotics, entities ranging from small family businesses to large corporations need assistance in the selection, design, set-up, maintenance, and economic considerations of industrial automation. This detailed reference shows how to achieve maximum productivity with robotics, classifies robots according to their complexity and function, and explains how to avoid common automation mistakes. * Covers a wide range of industries--from automobile to smaller creative areas such as painting, plastic, glass work, and brick manufacturing * Includes a world-wide survey of various companies successfuly using robots in industrial applications

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