Computing Techniques for Robots

  • Editors
  • Igor Aleksander

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-7
  2. Introduction

    1. I. Aleksander
      Pages 9-14
  3. Sensor Information Processing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Z. M. Wójcik
      Pages 35-56
    3. C. M. Witkowski, A. H. Bond, M. Burton
      Pages 57-84
  4. Mathematical Concerns

  5. Practical Concerns

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. B. Shariat, P. Coiffet, A. Fournier
      Pages 151-177
    3. R. Zapata, P. Coiffet, A. Fournier
      Pages 178-196
    4. P. Dauchez, P. Coiffet, A. Fournier
      Pages 197-218
  6. Computer Aids to Robot Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
    2. E. Dombre, P. Borrel, A. Liegeois
      Pages 221-247

About this book


I. ALEKSANDER Kobler Unit for Information Technology Management, Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, England It is now over half a decade since Joseph Engelberger wrote: 'Given a six-articulation arm of any configuration, software can be powerful enough to think only in tool coordinates. That is, a programmer concerns himself only with the tool on the end of the robot arm. He can think of the tool's frame of reference and com­ puter subroutines automatically make the various articulations move so as to accomplish the desired tool manipulation. ' As is often the case with statements of this kind, they are appealing and generally well-founded in technological feasibility. But in order to turn the prediction into reality it requires the dedication and in­ ventiveness of an international community of researchers. The object of this book is to provide a window on to some of the advances made by this community which go towards the fulfilment of Engelberger's predictions. A significant factor in the framework within which this work is being pursued is the phenomenal advance in the availability of inex­ pensive and highly compact computing power. It becomes increas­ ingly possible to imagine powerful microprocessors providing local intelligence at key points in a robot arm Uoints, gripper, etc) by being connected through a communications network and controlled by some specially designated supervisory microchip.


Information Technology (IT) cognition communication design industrial robot manipulation microchip network programming research robot robotics sensing sensors software

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