Autonomous Robotic Systems

Autonomous Robotic Systems

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This book constitutes the presentations made at the Advanced Research Workshop on Autonomous Robotic Systems, which was held at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, June 1997. The aim of the meeting was to bring together leading researchers in the area of autonomous systems for mobility and manipulation, and the aim of this book is to share the presentations with the reader. The book presents the most recent developments in the field. Topics include sensors and navigation in mobile robots, robot co-operation, telerobotics, legged robots, climbing robots and applications. Existing and emerging applications of autonomous syst ems are described in great detail, including applications in forestry, cleaning, mining, tertiary buildings, assistance to the elderly and handicapped, and surgery. The chapters are written in a structured and advanced tutorial style by leading specialists from Europe, Australia, Japan and USA. The style will allow the reader to grasp the state-of-the-art and research directions in the area of autonomous systems.Industrial robots of the newest generation (e.g. those of the German market leader KUKA and the French manufacturer STAUBLI, Fig. 13) use it for programming and teaching, as well as surgical microscopes (e.g. those of the company ZEISS, Fig. 12) use it for spatial control. And - after many years -robot manufacturers, too, are going now to make use of the concept ..leading the robotaquot; manually as shownanbsp;...

Title:Autonomous Robotic Systems
Author:Anibal Almeida, Oussama Khatib
Publisher:Springer - 1998-05-26


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