The Path to Autonomous Robots

Essays in Honor of George A. Bekey

  • Gaurav Sukhatme

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-14
  2. Recent Research in Autonomous Robots

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Christopher M. Gifford, Eric L. Akers, Richard S. Stansbury, Arvin Agah
      Pages 1-22
    3. Fred Y. Hadaegh, Singh Gurkirpal, Behcet Açikmeşe, Daniel P. Scharf, Milan Mandić
      Pages 1-19
    4. Charles de Granville, Di Wang, Joshua Southerland, Andrew H. Fagg, Robet Platt Jr.
      Pages 1-22
    5. Ayanna M. Howard, Sekou Remy, Chung Hyuk Park, Hae Won Park, Douglas Brooks
      Pages 1-17
    6. M. Anthony Lewis, Theresa J. Klein
      Pages 1-25
  3. Tributes and Recollections from Former Students

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Gaurav S. Sukhatme
      Pages 1-6
    3. H. Pete Schmid, Monte Ung
      Pages 1-3
    4. Dan Antonelli, Arun Bhadoria, Willis G. Downing Jr., Huan Liu, Michael Merritt, L. Warren Morrison et al.
      Pages 1-5
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 1-16

About these proceedings


This collection of technical articles, written by leading international researchers in robotics, presents threads of modern robotics research. Also included are brief reminiscences of the former students of Professor George A. Bekey, reflecting on his remarkable 50-year career as an innovative educator and authority on Autonomous Robots. Together, these words pay tribute to Bekey’s stature as a pioneer in the field, particularly in the areas of medical and rehabilitation robotics, human robot interaction and robot ethics. Topics explored in these chapters include:

  • Mobile robots in extreme environments
  • Autonomous spacecraft
  • The design of networked robotic systems
  • Robotic grasping using inputs from vision systems
  • Advances in manipulation and mobility inspired by human control systems
  • New directions in human-robot interaction
  • A biomimetic approach to autonomous robot design
  • Applying multi-task learning to inverse dynamics

Researchers and students will be inspired both by these contributions and Professor Bekey’s accomplishments, and the volume will undoubtedly spur further reading and research in the field.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Gaurav Sukhatme
    • 1
  1. 1.Viterbi School of Engineering, Dept. Computer ScienceUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesU.S.A.

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-85773-2
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-85774-9
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