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Springer Handbook of Automation

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Nof, Shimon Y. (Ed.)

2009, LXXVI, 1812p. 1005 illus. in color. With DVD.

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  • Research and application-oriented handbook on one of the hottest topics in science and technology
  • The right book at the right time, edited by an internationally renowned expert
  • Includes the latest developments and applications of automation
  • Ideal resource for experts as well as people new to this growing field: computer scientists, medical doctors, engineers, economists and more

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

Content Level » Research

Keywords » 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

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

Table of contents / Sample pages 

Advisory Board Hans-Jörg  Bullinger, Rick J. Echevarria, Yael Edan, Yukio Hasegawa, Steven W. Holland, Clyde W. Holsapple, Rolf Isermann, Kazuyoshi Ishii, Alberto Isidori, Stephen Kahne, Aditya P. Mathur, Hakkyung Sung, Gavriel Salvendy, George Stephanopoulos, Kazuo Tanie (d), Tibor Vámos, François. B. Vernadat, Birgit Vogel-Heuser, Andrew B. WhinstonForewords by Alberto Isidori, J. Bruce Harreld, Seiuemon Inaba, Hans-Jörg BullingerPart A: Development and Impacts of Automation Chapters in this part explain the significant influence of automation on our life, on individuals, organizations, and society, in economic terms and context, and impacts of precision, accuracy and reliability with automatic and automated equipment and operations. Chap. 1 Advances in Robotics and Automation (Y. Hasegawa) Chap. 2 Advances in Industrial Automation (T.J. Williams) Chap. 3 What Does Automation Mean to us Around the World? (S.Y. Nof) Chap. 4 A history of Automatic Control (C. Bissell) Chap. 5 Social, Organizational, and Individual Impacts of Automation (T. Vámos) Chap. 6 Economic Aspects of Automation (P. Ravazzi, A. Villa) Chap. 7 Impacts of Automation on Precision (M.A. Donmez, J.A. Soons) Chap. 8 Emerging Trends and Challenges in Automation (P. Terwiesch, C. Ganz)Part B: Automation Theory and Scientific Foundations The theoretical and scientific knowledge about the human role in automation is covered from the human-oriented and human-centered aspects of automation to be applied and operated by humans, to the human role as supervisor and intelligent controller of automation systems and platforms. This part concludes with analysis and discussion on the limits of automation to the best of our current understanding.Chap. 9 Control Theory for Automation – Fundamentals (A. Isidori)Chap. 10 Control Theory for Automation – Advanced Techniques (I. Vajk, J. Hetthéssy, R. Bars) Chap. 11 Control of Uncertain Systems (S.H. Zak, J. Lian) Chap. 12 Cybernetics and Learning Automata (B.J. Oommen, S. Misra) Chap. 13 Communication in Automation (N. Kottenstette, P.J. Antsaklis) Chap. 14 Artificial Intelligence and Automation (D.S. Nau) Chap. 15 Virtual Reality and Automation (P.P. Banerjee) Chap. 16 Automation of Mobility and Navigation (A. Ollero, Á.R. Castaño) Chap. 17 The Human Role in Automation (D.W. Repperger, C.A. Phillips) Chap. 18 What Can Be Automated? What Cannot Be Automated? (R.D. Patton, P.C. Patton)Part C: Automation Design: Theory, Elements, and Methods From theory to building automation machines, systems, and systems-of-systems this part explains the fundamental elements of mechatronics, sensors, robots, and other components useful for automation, and how they are combined with control and automation software, including models and techniques for automation software engineering, and the automation of the design process itself. Chap. 19 Mechatronics Systems (R. Isermann) Chap. 20 Sensors and Sensor Networks (W. Jeong) Chap. 21 Intelligent Industrial Robots (Y. Inaba, S. Sakakibara) Chap. 22 Modeling and Software for Automation (W. Schaufelberger (d), A. Pasetti) Chap. 23 Programming Real-Time Systems for Automation (C. Dannenger) Chap. 24 Automation Under Service Oriented Grids (J. He, E. Castro-Leon) Chap. 25 Human Factors in Automation Design (J.D. Lee, B.D. Seppelt) Chap. 26 Collaborative Human-Automation Decision Making (M.L. Cummings, S. Bruni) Chap. 27 Teleoperation (L. Basanez, R. Suárez) Chap. 28 Distributed Agent Software for Automation (F.P. Maturana, D.L. Carnahan, K.H. Hall) Chap. 29 Evolutionary Techniques for Automation (M. Gen, L. Lin) Chap. 30 Automating Errors and Conflicts Prognostics and Prevention (X. Chen, S.Y. Nof) Part D: Auto

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