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Springer Handbook of Robotics

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Siciliano, Bruno, Khatib, Oussama (Eds.)

2008, LX, 1611 p. 1375 illus., 422 illus. in color. With DVD.

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  • Winner of the AAP PROSE Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences & Mathematics as well as the Award for Engineering & Technology
  • A research- and application-oriented handbook that covers one of the hottest topics in science and technology
  • A timely and up-to-date reference, edited by two internationally renowned experts
  • Goes beyond the applications of robotics in industrial settings to cover the science’s new uses
  • Includes a DVD-Rom that contains the full content of the 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    

Content Level » Research

Keywords » 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

Related subjects » Artificial Intelligence - Computational Intelligence and Complexity - Electronics & Electrical Engineering - Information Systems and Applications - Robotics

Table of contents / Sample pages 

Introduction (Bruno Siciliano, Oussama Khatib)

Part A: Robotics Foundations (David Orin)
Part A presents the fundamental principles and methods that are used to model, design, and control a robotic system. All of the foundational topics are included in this part: kinematics, dynamics, mechanical design and actuation, sensing and estimation, motion planning, motion control, force control, robotic systems architectures and programming, and AI reasoning methods for task planning and learning. A chapter is devoted to each of these topics. The topics are expanded and applied to specific robotic structures and systems in subsequent parts.

Chap. 1. Kinematics (Ken Waldron, James Schmiedeler)
Chap. 2. Dynamics (Roy Featherstone, David Orin)
Chap. 3. Mechanisms and Actuation (Victor Scheinman, Michael McCarthy)
Chap. 4. Sensing and Estimation (Henrik Christensen, Gregory Hager)
Chap. 5. Motion Planning (Lydia Kavraki, Steve LaValle)
Chap. 6. Motion Control (Wankyun Chung, Li-Chen Fu, Su-Hau Hsu)
Chap. 7. Force Control (Luigi Villani, Joris De Schutter)
Chap. 8. Robotic Systems Architectures and Programming (David Kortenkamp, Reid Simmons)
Chap. 9. AI Reasoning Methods for Robotics (Joachim Hertzberg, Raja Chatila)

Part B: Robot Structures (Frank Park)
Part B is concerned with the design, modeling, motion planning, and control of the actual physical realizations of a robot. Some of the more obvious mechanical structures that come to mind are arms, legs, and hands; to this list can be added wheeled vehicles and platforms, and robot structures at the micro and nano scales. With separate chapters devoted to performance criteria and model identification, the chapters in this part successively examine serial redundant mechanisms, parallel mechanisms, flexible robots, robot hands, robot legs, wheeled robots, and micro- and nanoscale robots.

Chap. 10. Performance Evaluation and Design Criteria (Jorge Angeles, Frank Park)
Chap. 11. Redundant Manipulators (Stefano Chiaverini, Giuseppe Oriolo, Ian Walker)
Chap. 12. Parallel Mechanisms and Robots (Jean-Pierre Merlet, Clément Gosselin)
Chap. 13. Robots with Flexible Elements (Alessandro De Luca, Wayne Book)
Chap. 14. Model Identification (John Hollerbach, Wisama Khalil, Maxime Gautier, )
Chap. 15. Robot Hands (Claudio Melchiorri, Makoto Kaneko)
Chap. 16. Legged Robots (Shuuji Kajita, Bernard Espiau)
Chap. 17. Wheeled Robots (Guy Campion, Woojin Chung)
Chap. 18. Micro/Nano Robots (Brad Nelson, Lixin Dong, Fumihito Arai)

Part C: Sensing and Perception (Henrik Christensen)
Part C covers different sensory modalities and integration of sensor data across space and time to generate models of robots and the external environment. The main sensor types such as tactile, odometry, GPS, ranging and visual perception are presented. Both basic sensor models, sensor data processing and associated representations are covered. Finally, a chapter on sensor fusion itroduces the mathematical tools needed for integration of sensor information across space and time.

Chap. 19. Force and Tactile Sensors (Mark Cutkosky, Robert Howe, William Provancher)
Chap. 20. Inertial Sensors, GPS and Odometry (Gregory Dudek, Michael Jenkin)
Chap. 21. Sonar Sensing (Lindsay Kleeman, Roman Kuc)
Chap. 22. Range Sensors (Robert Fisher, Kurt Konolige)
Chap. 23. 3D Vision and Recognition (Kostas Daniliidis, Jan-Olof Eklundh)
Chap. 24. Visual Servoing and Visual Tracking (François Chaumette, Seth Hutchinson)
Chap. 25. Sensor Fusion (Hugh Durrant-Whyte, Tom Henderson)

Part D: Manipulation and Interfaces (Makoto Kaneko)
Part D is separated into two subparts. The first half is concerned with manipulation where frameworks of modeling, motion planning, and control of grasp and manipulation of an object are addressed, and the second half is concerned with interfaces where physical human-robot interactions are handled.

Chap. 26. Motion for Manipulation Tasks (Oliver Brock, James Kuffner, Jing Xiao)
Chap. 27. Modelling and Manipulation (Imin Kao, Kevin Lynch, Joel Burdick)
Chap. 28. Grasping (Jeff Trinkle, Domenico Prattichizzo)
Chap. 29. Cooperative Manipulators (Fabrizio Caccavale, Masaru Uchiyama)
Chap. 30. Haptics (Blake Hannaford, Allison Okamura)
Chap. 31. Telerobotics (Günter Niemeyer, Carsten Preusche, Gerd Hirzinger)
Chap. 32. Networked Teleoperation (Dezhen Song, Kenneth Goldberg, Nak Young Chong)
Chap. 33. Exoskeletons for Human Performance Augmentation (Hami Kazerooni)

Part E: Mobile and Distributed Robotics (Raja Chatila)
Part E Mobile and Distributed Robotics, covers a wide span. The topics address motion planning and control of wheeled robots with kinematic constraints, perception and world modeling, simultaneous localization and mapping, and the integration of those capacities in a control architecture, as a mobile robot is actually the paradigm of a complex integrated system. In addition, multirobot interaction and systems are developed, including modular and reconfigurable robots as well as networked robotics.

Chap. 34. Motion Control of Wheeled Mobile Robots (Pascal Morin, Claude Samson)
Chap. 35. Motion Planning and Obstacle Avoidance (Javier Minguez, Florent Lamiraux, Jean-Paul Laumond)
Chap. 36. World Modeling (Wolfram Burgard, Martial Hebert)
Chap. 37. Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (Sebastian Thrun, John Leonard)
Chap. 38. Behavior-Based Systems (Maja Mataric, François Michaud)
Chap. 39. Distributed and Cellular Robots (Zack Butler, Alfred Rizzi)
Chap. 40. Multiple Mobile Robot Systems (Lynne Parker)
Chap. 41. Networked Robots (Vijay Kumar, Daniela Rus, Gaurav Sukhatme)

Part F: Field and Service Robotics (Alexander Zelinsky)
Part F covers topics related to creating field and service application based robots that operate in all types of environments. This includes applications ranging from industrial-robots, through a diverse array of air, land, sea and space applications to educational robotics. This part of the handbook draws on Parts A-E and describes how robots can be put to work. The chapters describe fit for purpose robots and include hardware design, control, perception, and user interfaces. The economic and social drivers for the particular applications are also discussed.

Chap. 42. Industrial Robotics (Martin Hägele, Klas Nilsson, Norberto Pires)
Chap. 43. Underwater Robotics (Gianluca Antonelli, Thor Inge Fossen, Dana Yoerger)
Chap. 44. Aerial Robotics (Eric Feron, Eric Johnson)
Chap. 45. Space Robots and Systems (Kazuya Yoshida, Brian Wilcox)
Chap. 46. Robotics in Agriculture and Forestry (John Billingsley, Arto Visala, Mark Dunn)
Chap. 47. Robotics in Construction (Kamel Saidi, Jonathan O’Brien, Alan Lytle)
Chap. 48. Robotics in Hazardous Applications (James Trevelyan, Sungchul Kang, William Hamel)
Chap. 49. Mining Robotics (Peter Corke, Jonathan Roberts, Jock Cunningham, David Hainsworth)
Chap. 50. Search and Rescue Robotics (Robin Murphy, Satoshi Tadokoro, Daniele Nardi, Adam Jacoff, Paolo Fiorini, Howie Choset, Aydan Erkmen)
Chap. 51. Intelligent Vehicles (Alberto Broggi, Alexander Zelinsky, Michel Parent, Charles Thorpe)
Chap. 52. Medical Robots and Systems (Russell Taylor, Arianna Menciassi, Gabor Fichtinger, Paolo Dario)
Chap. 53. Rehabilitation and Health Care Robotics (Machiel van der Loos, David J. Reinkensmeyer)
Chap. 54. Domestic Robots (Erwin Prassler, Kazuhiro Kosuge)
Chap. 55. Robots for Education (David Miller, Illah Nourbakhsh, Roland Siegwart)

Part G: Human-Centered and Life-Like Robotics (Daniela Rus)
Part G covers topics related to creating robots that operate in human-centered environments. This includes the design of robots with humanoid and other biologically inspired morphologies, sensors, actuators, and control architectures. User interfaces such as programming by demonstration and programming for safety are also included in this part. The part concludes with the socio-ethical implications of robots.

Chap. 56. Humanoids (Charles Kemp, Paul Fitzpatrick, Hirohisa Hirukawa, Kazuhito Yokoi, Kensuke Harada, Yoshio Matsumoto)
Chap. 57. Safety for Physical Human-Robot Interaction (Antonio Bicchi, Michael Peshkin, Edward Colgate)
Chap. 58. Social Robots that Interact with People (Cynthia Breazeal, Atsuo Takanishi, Tetsunori Kobayashi)
Chap. 59. Robot Programming by Demonstration (Aude Billard, Sylvain Calinon, Ruediger Dillmann, Stefan Schaal)
Chap. 60. Biologically-Inspired Robots (Jean-Arcady Meyer, Agnès Guillot)
Chap. 61. Evolutionary Robotics (Dario Floreano, Phil Husbands, Stefano Nolfi)
Chap. 62. Neurorobotics: From Vision to Action (Michael Arbib, Giorgio Metta, Patrick van der Smagt)
Chap. 63. Perceptual Robotics (Heinrich Bülthoff, Christian Wallraven, Martin Giese)
Chap. 64. Roboethics: Social and Ethical Implications (Gianmarco Veruggio, Fiorella Operto)

Acknowledgements.- Subject Index.- About the Authors

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