Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-lix
  2. Introduction

    1. Bruno Siciliano, Oussama Khatib
      Pages 1-4
  3. Robotics Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-223
    2. Kenneth Waldron, James Schmiedeler
      Pages 9-33
    3. Roy Featherstone, David E. Orin
      Pages 35-65
    4. Victor Scheinman, J. Michael McCarthy
      Pages 67-86
    5. Henrik I. Christensen, Gregory D. Hager
      Pages 87-107
    6. Lydia E. Kavraki, Steven M. LaValle
      Pages 109-131
    7. Wankyun Chung, Li-Chen Fu, Su-Hau Hsu
      Pages 133-159
    8. Luigi Villani, Joris De Schutter
      Pages 161-185
    9. David Kortenkamp, Reid Simmons
      Pages 187-206
    10. Joachim Hertzberg, Raja Chatila
      Pages 207-223
  4. Robot Structures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-450
    2. Jorge Angeles, Frank C. Park
      Pages 229-244
    3. Stefano Chiaverini, Giuseppe Oriolo, Ian D. Walker
      Pages 245-268
    4. Jean-Pierre Merlet, Clément Gosselin
      Pages 269-285
    5. Alessandro De Luca, Wayne Book
      Pages 287-319
    6. John Hollerbach, Wisama Khalil, Maxime Gautier
      Pages 321-344
    7. Claudio Melchiorri, Makoto Kaneko
      Pages 345-360
    8. Shuuji Kajita, Bernard Espiau
      Pages 361-389

About this book


Reaching for the human frontier, robotics is vigorously engaged in the growing challenges of new emerging domains. Interacting, exploring, and working with humans, the new generation of robots will increasingly touch people and their lives. The credible prospect of practical robots among humans is the result of the scientific endeavour of a half a century of robotic developments that established robotics as a modern scientific discipline. The Springer Handbook of Robotics brings a widespread
and well-structured compilation of classic and emerging application areas of robotics. From the foundations to the social and ethical implications of robotics, the handbook provides a comprehensive collection of the accomplishments in the field, and constitutes a premise of further advances towards new challenges in robotics.
This handbook, edited by two internationally renowned scientists with the support of an outstanding team of seven part editors and onehundred sixty-four authors, is an authoritative reference for robotics researchers, newcomers to the field, and scholars from related disciplines such as biomechanics, neurosciences, virtual simulation, animation, surgery, and sensor networks among others.

Key Topics

  • Robotics foundations
  • Robot structures
  • Sensing and perception
  • Manipulation and interfaces
  • Mobile and distributed robotics
  • Field and service robotics
  • Human-centered and life-like robotics


  • Comprehensive coverage of research and development in robotics
  • Scientific resource for both experts and non experts in the field
  • Technical contents laid out in a tutorial setting
  • A coherent three-layer organization: robotics foundations, consolidated
    methodologies and technologies, advanced applications
  • Anchored in seven parts expanded into sixty-four chapters with interconnected
    presentation of subject matter
  • Developed in about 1650 pages with over 950 color illustrations including
    422 four-color, 80 tables and over 5500 references
  • Detailed index and fully searchable DVD-ROM providing rapid access to
    data and links to other source    


Basic Principles and Methods of Robotics Biologically-Inspired Robots Bopp2009 Industrial Robotics Life-Like Robotics MRWCat2007 Manipulation and Interfaces of Robots Mobile and Distributed Robotics Roboethics Robot Structures Robotics Robotics Foundations Sensing and Perception of Robots Springer Handbook of Robotics

Editors and affiliations

  • Bruno Siciliano
    • 1
  • Oussama Khatib
    • 2
  1. 1.PRISMA Lab, Dipartimento di Informatica e SistemisticaUniversitá degli Studi di Napoli Federico IINapoliItaly
  2. 2.Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Department of Computer ScienceStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-23957-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-30301-5
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