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Modelling, Planning and Control


  • In-depth coverage of control both of manipulators and mobile robots sets this apart from other robotics textbooks

  • Worked examples and MATLAB®-based simulations developed throughout the text

  • Expands and updates an already-popular text with material that will make it even more attractive for use in all kinds of graduate robotics courses

  • Electronic solutions manual to be supplied free of charge to academics adopting this text for courses


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Pages 1-37
  3. Pages 39-103
  4. Pages 161-189
  5. Pages 191-231
  6. Pages 233-246
  7. Pages 247-302
  8. Pages 303-361
  9. Pages 363-405
  10. Pages 407-467
  11. Pages 469-521
  12. Pages 523-559
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 561-632

About this book


The classic text on robot manipulators now covers visual control, motion planning and mobile robots too!

Robotics provides the basic know-how on the foundations of robotics: modelling, planning and control. The text develops around a core of consistent and rigorous formalism with fundamental and technological material giving rise naturally and with gradually increasing difficulty to more advanced considerations.

The theory of manipulator structures presented in the early part of the book encompasses:

• the fundamentals: kinematics, statics and trajectory planning; and

• the technology of actuators, sensors and control units.

Subsequently, more advanced instruction is given in:

• dynamics and motion control of robot manipulators;

• environmental interaction using exteroceptive sensory data (force and vision);

• mobile robots; and

• motion planning.

® code for computer problems; these are available free of charge to those adopting Robotics as a textbook for courses. This text is suitable for use in senior undergraduate and graduate courses in automation and computer, electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering courses with strong robotics content.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di Informatica e SistemisticaUniversità di Napoli Federico IINapoliItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Informatica e AutomazioneUniversità di Roma TreRomaItaly
  3. 3.Dipartimento di Informatica e SistemisticaUniversità di Roma “La Sapienza”RomaItaly

About the authors

Bruno Siciliano is Professor of Control and Robotics at the University of Naples Federico II in Italy, President of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, and a Fellow of both IEEE and ASME. He is Co-Editor of the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics series, and the Springer Handbook of Robotics. His research interests include identification and adaptive control, impedance and force control, visual tracking and servoing, redundant and cooperative manipulators, lightweight flexible arms, space robots, human-centered and service robotics. He has co-authored 6 books, 6 edited volumes, and over 240 technical papers. 

Lorenzo Sciavicco is Professor of Control and Robotics at the Third University of Rome in Italy. He has been one of the pioneers of robot control research. His research interests include automatic control theory and applications, manipulator inverse kinematics techniques, redundant manipulator control, force/motion control of manipulators, and cooperative robot manipulation. He has co-authored 3 books, 1 edited volume, and over 100 technical papers. 

Luigi Villani is Associate Professor of Control and Robotics at the University of Naples Federico II in Italy. His research interests include identification and adaptive control, impedance and force control, visual tracking and servoing, redundant and cooperative manipulators,and service robotics. He has co-authored 2 books, 1 edited volume, and over 120 technical papers. 

Giuseppe Oriolo is Associate Professor of Control and Robotics at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" in Italy. He is an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics. His research interests include nonlinear control and robotics, visual servoing, redundant manipulators, mobile and nonholonomic robots, motion planning, sensor-based navigation and exploration, and service robotics. He has co-authored 2 books and over 120 technical papers.

Bibliographic information


Robotics: Modelling, Planning and Control is a book that comprehensively covers all aspects of robotic fundamentals. It is particularly an excellent text for graduate educators, as it covers the fundamentals of the field with a rigorous formalism that is well blended with the technological aspects of robotics. The text covers in detail the theory of manipulators and wheeled robots starting with kinematics, dynamics and motion control, as well interaction with the environment through perception - force and vision sensors. The book is written by technical authorities in the field, and will be in invaluable addition to graduate education as well as a useful guide for industrial practitioners.

Alexander Zelinsky, CSIRO, Australia


Robotics is a diverse field bringing together disparate areas from computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. This book is an integrative but rigorous treatment of all the relevant concepts, with an eye toward modern, practical applications making it an excellent choice for a first year graduate course in robotics.

Vijay Kumar, University of Pennsylvania


This book provides rock-solid foundations for the study of classical mechanics and control of robots, with the authoritative character of a reference where you can surely find the correct expression and the rigorous derivation of the results you need. On top of this, new chapters on motion planning, visual servoing, and mobile robot control provide support to teaching wider and more interdisciplinary aspects of robotics, and open up vistas that will certainly inspire a new generation of scholars to embrace this incredibly rich and fertile research field.

Antonio Bicchi, University of Pisa, Italy


This book offers a well-balanced and intellectually satisfying treatment of robot mechanics, planning, and control – from the choice and sequence of topics, to the level of detail in the analysis, and the clear connections made between the latest technologies and the theoretical foundations of robotics, this book is an essential element in the library of every aspiring young robotics researcher.

Frank Chongwoo Park, Seoul National University


Robotics: Modeling, Planning and Control is a historiography from the materialistic view of robotics. Authors clearly explain physical and mathematical foundation to understand the most up-to-date robotics, so faithfully to bibliography and terminology in robotics. Unquestionably, the best textbook for senior students and graduate students and the closest reference book for engineers and scientists!

Yoshihiko Nakamura, University of Tokyo


Exceptional! A text with such a span of robotics fundamentals and advanced research in both manipulation and mobility, and a treatment that creatively balances mathematical depth and physical intuition – a fresh and certainly unique reference for researchers and engineers in the field of robotics.

Oussama Khatib, Stanford University


Certainly because of its youth, robotics is not always considered as a discipline as such. It is often introduced as a technological "area" integrating various aspects of mechanics, automatic control and computer science. Such a dispersed view is prejudicial for students. The book by Siciliano et al. achieves the introduction of the basic concepts in a coherent, self-contained and didactic way. In that sense, when reading Robotics: Modelling, Planning and Control the reader – from the undergraduate student to the researcher – understands that a new discipline is born, with its own foundations.

Jean-Paul Laumond, LAAS-CNRS