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Robotics and the Handbook

  • Bruno Siciliano
  • Oussama Khatib
Part of the Springer Handbooks book series (SHB)

Abstract

Robots! Robots on Mars and in oceans, in hospitals and homes, in factories and schools; robots fighting fires, making goods and products, saving time and lives. Robots today are making a considerable impact on many aspects of modern life, from industrial manufacturing to healthcare, transportation, and exploration of the deep space and sea. Tomorrow, robots will be as pervasive and personal as today’s personal computers. This chapter retraces the evolution of this fascinating field from the ancient to the modern times through a number of milestones: from the first automated mechanical artifact (1400 BC) through the establishment of the robot concept in the 1920s, the realization of the first industrial robots in the 1960s, the definition of robotics science and the birth of an active research community in the 1980s, and the expansion towards the challenges of the human world of the twenty-first century. Robotics in its long journey has inspired this handbook which is organized in three layers: the foundations of robotics science; the consolidated methodologies and technologies of robot design, sensing and perception, manipulation and interfaces, mobile and distributed robotics; the advanced applications of field and service robotics, as well as of human-centered and life-like robotics.

Keywords

Robotic System Industrial Robot Robotic Research Modular Robot Underwater Robot 
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3-D

three-dimensional

AI

artificial intelligence

EURON

European Robotics Research Network

GPS

global positioning system

ICAR

International Conference on Advanced Robotics

ICRA

International Conference on Robotics and Automation

IEEE

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

IFR

International Federation of Robotics

IFRR

International Foundation of Robotics Research

IROS

Intelligent Robots and Systems

ISER

International Symposium on Experimental Robotics

ISRR

International Symposium of Robotics Research

MIT

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

RAC

Robotics and Automation Council

RAS

Robotics and Automation Society

RSJ

Robotics Society of Japan

RSS

Robotics Science and Systems

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electrical Engineering and Information TechnologyUniversity of Naples Federico IINaplesItaly
  2. 2.Department of Computer Sciences, Artificial Intelligence LaboratoryStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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