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Springer Handbook of Automation


  • Thoroughly revised and updated second edition of the must-have handbook for automation experts

  • Provides the most advanced and comprehensive summary of the technical, engineering and theoretical aspects of automation

  • Offers tools to understand, design and implement automation solutions

Part of the book series: Springer Handbooks (SHB)

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About this book

This thoroughly revised and updated second edition of the bestselling Springer Handbook of Automation provides the most advanced, comprehensive, and balanced coverage of the technical and engineering aspects of automation.

Starting with a holistic discussion on the history and societal impacts of automation, the book provides the tools to understand, design and implement automation solutions. This includes:

  • the scientific foundations, from traditional control theory to the latest developments in artificial intelligence and machine learning;
  • the technical aspects of automation design, from hardware such as mechatronics and sensors to cyber-physical systems to human-machine interaction;
  • the methods of automation integration in products, processes and services; and finally,
  • the technical, economic and ethical management of automation.

Readers will find the most complete and state-of-the-art overview on the implementation, effects and examples of automation in industrial contexts, as well as infrastructure, service, medical and healthcare, home, office and enterprise automation. The book concludes with up-to-date case studies from industrial forerunners. 

Edited by an internationally renowned and experienced expert and supported by a distinguished advisory board, this Springer Handbook offers a wealth of information for industry practitioners, aspiring engineers and automation experts alike.



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


“Readers of this new edition of Springer Handbook of Automation are offered the opportunity to learn proven knowledge from underlying basic theory to cutting-edge applications in a variety of emerging fields.” (Alberto Isidori, Former President of IFAC)

“The Springer Handbook of Automation is an excellent means of both educating students and also providing professionals with a comprehensive yet compact reference work for the field of automation.” (Hans-Jörg Bullinger, Former President of the Fraunhofer Society)

“[T]his new edition of the Springer Handbook of Automation lays out a solid foundation for the automation innovators and leaders of the future by capturing the lessons of the past and delivering a comprehensive set of tools upon which automation will continue to advance for the benefit of our global society.” (Steven W. Holland, Former Research Fellow, General Motors)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Purdue University School of Industrial Engineering, West Lafayette, USA

    Shimon Y. Nof

About the editor

Shimon Y. Nof is Professor of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University and Director of the NSF and industry funded PRISM Center for Production, Robotics, and Integration Software for Manufacturing & Management. He earned his BSc and MSc in Industrial Engineering & Management from Technion, Israel Institute of Technology; his Ph.D. in Industrial & Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan.

His professional merits include experience in full-time industrial and governmental positions and visiting professorships at MIT and at universities around the world. He was Secretary General and President of the International Foundation of Production Research, and Chair within the International Federation of Automatic Control. He pioneered knowledge-based/AI robotic facility design and control models, robot ergonomics, and collaborative control theory with task-administration algorithms and protocols.

As an experienced author and editor, his impressive list of publications include the Handbook of Industrial Robotics and the International Encyclopedia of Robotics and Automation. He is also the editor of the Springer Book Series on Automation, Collaboration, and E-Services.

Shimon Y. Nof is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineering, and the International Foundation of Production Research, recipient of the Joseph Engelberger Award and Medal for Robotics Education, and Member of the Inaugural Book of Great Teachers of Purdue University.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 399.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
This title has not yet been released. You will be able to pre-order it soon.