Springer Handbook of Automation

  • Shimon Y. Nof

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-lxxv
  2. Development and Impacts of Automation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-143
    2. Christopher Bissell
      Pages 53-69
    3. Piercarlo Ravazzi, Agostino Villa
      Pages 93-116
    4. Alkan Donmez, Johannes A. Soons
      Pages 117-126
    5. Peter Terwiesch, Christopher Ganz
      Pages 127-143
  3. Automation Theory and Scientific Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-313
    2. Alberto Isidori
      Pages 147-172
    3. István Vajk, Jenő Hetthéssy, Ruth Bars
      Pages 173-198
    4. Jianming Lian, Stanislaw H. Żak
      Pages 199-219
    5. John Oommen, Sudip Misra
      Pages 221-235
    6. Nicholas Kottenstette, Panos J. Antsaklis
      Pages 237-248
    7. Dana S. Nau
      Pages 249-268
    8. P. Pat Banerjee
      Pages 269-278
    9. Anibal Ollero, Ángel R. Castaño
      Pages 279-294
    10. Daniel W. Repperger, Chandler A. Phillips
      Pages 295-304

About this book


Automation is undergoing a major transformation in scope and dimension and plays an increasingly important role in the global economy and in our daily lives. Engineers combine automated devices with mathematical and organizational tools to create complex systems for a rapidly expanding range of applications and human activities. The Springer Handbook of Automation incorporates these new developments and presents a widespread and well-structured conglomeration of new emerging application areas of automation. Besides manufacturing as a primary application of automation, the handbook provides the most advanced, comprehensive, and balanced coverage of the technical and engineering aspects of automation. It covers all the major cutting-edge technologies of production automation and material handling, and contains new application areas such as medical systems and health, transportation, security and maintenance, service, construction and retail as well as production or logistics.

This Springer Handbook, edited by an internationally renowned and experienced expert is not only an ideal resource for automation experts but also for people new to this expanding field such as engineers, computer scientists, designers.

Key Topics

› Development and impacts of automation
› Theory and scientific foundations
› Design theory, elements, and methods including integration
› Industrial automation, infrastructure and service
› Medical and healthcare systems
› Home, office, and enterprise automation


› Contains over 1005 color illustrations (including 222 four-color)
many from real-world industry sources and 149 tables
› Comprehensive coverage of the fundamentals
› Ideal resource not only for automation experts
› Emphasizes concepts over extensive mathematical derivations
› Goes beyond the applications in industrial settings
› Cross-referenced parts and chapters with summaries
› Detailed index and fully searchable DVD-ROM
guarantee quick access to data and links to other sources


Applications of Automation Automation Design Automation Handbook Automation Integration Automation Management Automation Theory Automation in Medicine and Healthcare Enterprise Automation Home Automation Impacts of Automation Industr e-Business

Editors and affiliations

  • Shimon Y. Nof
    • 1
  1. 1.PRISM Center, and School of Industrial EngineeringPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-78831-7
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-78830-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-78831-7
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