Mechatronics and Machine Vision in Practice

  • John Billingsley
  • Robin Bradbeer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Education

  3. Vision Techniques

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. A. Pichler, H. Bauer, C. Eberst, C. Heindl, J. Minichberger
      Pages 87-97
    3. Simon Meers, Koren Ward, Ian Piper
      Pages 111-122
  4. Vision Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Michael Lees, Duncan Campbell, Andrew Keir
      Pages 125-137
    3. E. Widzyk-Capehart, G. Brooker, S. Scheding, A. Maclean, R. Hennessy, C. Lobsey et al.
      Pages 139-165
    4. Kenneth K.K. Ku, Robin Bradbeer, Katherine Lam
      Pages 167-179
    5. Weiping Chen, Yongsheng Gao
      Pages 193-198
  5. Robotic Techniques

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. Bin Li, Yang Wang, Li Chen
      Pages 201-208
  6. Medical Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. S.L. Chen, K.K. Tan, S.N. Huang, K.Z. Tang
      Pages 255-260
    3. P.N. Brett, R.P. Taylor, D. Proops, M.V. Griffiths
      Pages 261-266
    4. S.L. Chen, W.B. Lai, T.H. Lee, K.K. Tan
      Pages 267-273
    5. Jason Dowling, Wageeh Boles, Anthony Maeder
      Pages 275-287
  7. Agricultural Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 303-303
    2. Cheryl McCarthy, Nigel Hancock, Steven Raine
      Pages 305-312
    3. Mario M. Foglia, Angelo Gentile, Giulio Reina
      Pages 313-332
    4. John Billingsley
      Pages 333-343
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 345-348

About these proceedings


From grading and preparing harvested vegetables to the tactile probing of a patient’s innermost recesses, mechatronics has become part of our way of life. The addition of senses and computing intelligence to blend with mechanical actuation gives rise to a breed of new machines with all the best attributes of a robot.

Here we find educational robots competing under water and dancing on land. Surgical robots drill precision holes in the skull while others direct radiation treatment or extract blood from an umbilical cord. Machine vision manages beer kegs and automated paint spraying, while controlling feral animals and the watering of cotton crops.

Although there is no shortage of theoretical and technical detail in these chapters, they have the common theme that they describe work that has been applied in practice. They are vital reading both for students of mechatronics and for engineers harnessing its power to create new products.


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Editors and affiliations

  • John Billingsley
    • 1
  • Robin Bradbeer
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Engineering and SurveyingUniversity of Southern QueenslandToowoombaAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Electrical EngineeringCity University of Hong KongKowloonChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-74026-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-74027-8
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