Introduction to Robotics

Author: John J. Craig
Publisher: Prentice Hall
ISBN: 0133489795
Release Date: 2017-02-23
Genre: Technology & Engineering

For senior-year undergraduate and first-year graduate courses in robotics. An intuitive introduction to robotic theory and application Since its original publication in 1986, Craig's Introduction to Robotics: Mechanics and Control has been the leading textbook for teaching robotics at the university level. Blending traditional mechanical engineering material with computer science and control theoretical concepts, the text covers a range of topics, including rigid-body transformations, forward and inverse positional kinematics, velocities and Jacobians of linkages, dynamics, linear and non-linear control, force control methodologies, mechanical design aspects, and robotic programming. The 4th Edition features a balance of application and theory, introducing the science and engineering of mechanical manipulation--establishing and building on foundational understanding of mechanics, control theory, and computer science. With an emphasis on computational aspects of problems, the text aims to present material in a simple, intuitive way.


Author: Bruno Siciliano
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781846286414
Release Date: 2010-08-20
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Based on the successful Modelling and Control of Robot Manipulators by Sciavicco and Siciliano (Springer, 2000), Robotics provides the basic know-how on the foundations of robotics: modelling, planning and control. It has been expanded to include coverage of mobile robots, visual control and motion planning. A variety of problems is raised throughout, and the proper tools to find engineering-oriented solutions are introduced and explained. The text includes coverage of fundamental topics like kinematics, and trajectory planning and related technological aspects including actuators and sensors. To impart practical skill, examples and case studies are carefully worked out and interwoven through the text, with frequent resort to simulation. In addition, end-of-chapter exercises are proposed, and the book is accompanied by an electronic solutions manual containing the MATLAB® code for computer problems; this is available free of charge to those adopting this volume as a textbook for courses.

Modern Robotics

Author: Kevin M. Lynch
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781108509695
Release Date: 2017-05-25
Genre: Computers

This introduction to robotics offers a distinct and unified perspective of the mechanics, planning and control of robots. Ideal for self-learning, or for courses, as it assumes only freshman-level physics, ordinary differential equations, linear algebra and a little bit of computing background. Modern Robotics presents the state-of-the-art, screw-theoretic techniques capturing the most salient physical features of a robot in an intuitive geometrical way. With numerous exercises at the end of each chapter, accompanying software written to reinforce the concepts in the book and video lectures aimed at changing the classroom experience, this is the go-to textbook for learning about this fascinating subject.

The Robotics Primer

Author: Maja J. Matarić
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262633543
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Computers

A broadly accessible introduction to robotics that spans the most basic concepts and the most novel applications; for students, teachers, and hobbyists.

Mechanics of Robotic Manipulation

Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262263742
Release Date: 2016
Genre: Computers

"Manipulation" refers to a variety of physical changes made to the world around us. Mechanics of Robotic Manipulation addresses one form of robotic manipulation, moving objects, and the various processes involved -- grasping, carrying, pushing, dropping, throwing, and so on. Unlike most books on the subject, it focuses on manipulation rather than manipulators. This attention to processes rather than devices allows a more fundamental approach, leading to results that apply to a broad range of devices, not just robotic arms.The book draws both on classical mechanics and on classical planning, which introduces the element of imperfect information. The book does not propose a specific solution to the problem of manipulation, but rather outlines a path of inquiry.

Introduction to Autonomous Mobile Robots

Author: Roland Siegwart
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262015356
Release Date: 2011-02-18
Genre: Computers

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Robotics Vision and Control

Author: Peter Corke
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783642201448
Release Date: 2011-09-05
Genre: Technology & Engineering

The practice of robotics and computer vision both involve the application of computational algorithms to data. Over the fairly recent history of the fields of robotics and computer vision a very large body of algorithms has been developed. However this body of knowledge is something of a barrier for anybody entering the field, or even looking to see if they want to enter the field — What is the right algorithm for a particular problem?, and importantly, How can I try it out without spending days coding and debugging it from the original research papers? The author has maintained two open-source MATLAB Toolboxes for more than 10 years: one for robotics and one for vision. The key strength of the Toolboxes provide a set of tools that allow the user to work with real problems, not trivial examples. For the student the book makes the algorithms accessible, the Toolbox code can be read to gain understanding, and the examples illustrate how it can be used —instant gratification in just a couple of lines of MATLAB code. The code can also be the starting point for new work, for researchers or students, by writing programs based on Toolbox functions, or modifying the Toolbox code itself. The purpose of this book is to expand on the tutorial material provided with the toolboxes, add many more examples, and to weave this into a narrative that covers robotics and computer vision separately and together. The author shows how complex problems can be decomposed and solved using just a few simple lines of code, and hopefully to inspire up and coming researchers. The topics covered are guided by the real problems observed over many years as a practitioner of both robotics and computer vision. It is written in a light but informative style, it is easy to read and absorb, and includes a lot of Matlab examples and figures. The book is a real walk through the fundamentals of robot kinematics, dynamics and joint level control, then camera models, image processing, feature extraction and epipolar geometry, and bring it all together in a visual servo system. Additional material is provided at

Introduction to Robotics

Author: Saeed Niku
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470604465
Release Date: 2010-09-07
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Niku offers comprehensive, yet concise coverage of robotics that will appeal to engineers. Robotic applications are drawn from a wide variety of fields. Emphasis is placed on design along with analysis and modeling. Kinematics and dynamics are covered extensively in an accessible style. Vision systems are discussed in detail, which is a cutting-edge area in robotics. Engineers will also find a running design project that reinforces the concepts by having them apply what they’ve learned.

Robot Analysis

Author: Lung-Wen Tsai
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0471325937
Release Date: 1999-02-22
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Complete, state–of–the–art coverage of robot analysis This unique book provides the fundamental knowledge needed for understanding the mechanics of both serial and parallel manipulators. Presenting fresh and authoritative material on parallel manipulators that is not available in any other resource, it offers an in–depth treatment of position analysis, Jacobian analysis, statics and stiffness analysis, and dynamical analysis of both types of manipulators, including a discussion of industrial and research applications. It also features: ∗ The homotopy continuation method and dialytic elimination method for solving polynomial systems that apply to robot kinematics ∗ Numerous worked examples and problems to reinforce learning ∗ An extensive bibliography offering many resources for more advanced study Drawing on Dr. Lung–Wen Tsai′s vast experience in the field as well as recent research publications, Robot Analysis is a first–rate text for upper–level undergraduate and graduate students in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer studies, as well as an excellent desktop reference for robotics researchers working in industry or in government.

Modelling and Control of Robot Manipulators

Author: Lorenzo Sciavicco
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781447104490
Release Date: 2012-12-06
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Fundamental and technological topics are blended uniquely and developed clearly in nine chapters with a gradually increasing level of complexity. A wide variety of relevant problems is raised throughout, and the proper tools to find engineering-oriented solutions are introduced and explained, step by step. Fundamental coverage includes: Kinematics; Statics and dynamics of manipulators; Trajectory planning and motion control in free space. Technological aspects include: Actuators; Sensors; Hardware/software control architectures; Industrial robot-control algorithms. Furthermore, established research results involving description of end-effector orientation, closed kinematic chains, kinematic redundancy and singularities, dynamic parameter identification, robust and adaptive control and force/motion control are provided. To provide readers with a homogeneous background, three appendices are included on: Linear algebra; Rigid-body mechanics; Feedback control. To acquire practical skill, more than 50 examples and case studies are carefully worked out and interwoven through the text, with frequent resort to simulation. In addition, more than 80 end-of-chapter exercises are proposed, and the book is accompanied by a solutions manual containing the MATLAB code for computer problems; this is available from the publisher free of charge to those adopting this work as a textbook for courses.

Robot Dynamics And Control

Author: Mark W Spong
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 8126517808
Release Date: 2008-08-04
Genre: Robots

This self-contained introduction to practical robot kinematics and dynamics includes a comprehensive treatment of robot control. It provides background material on terminology and linear transformations, followed by coverage of kinematics and inverse kinematics, dynamics, manipulator control, robust control, force control, use of feedback in nonlinear systems, and adaptive control. Each topic is supported by examples of specific applications. Derivations and proofs are included in many cases. The book includes many worked examples, examples illustrating all aspects of the theory, and problems.

Robot Building for Beginners

Author: David Cook
Publisher: Apress
ISBN: 9781430227496
Release Date: 2010-07-30
Genre: Computers

“I wrote this book because I love building robots. I want you to love building robots, too. It took me a while to learn about many of the tools and parts in amateur robotics. Perhaps by writing about my experiences, I can give you a head start.” —David Cook Robot Building for Beginners, Second Edition is an update of David Cook’s best-selling Robot Building for Beginners. This book continues its aim at teenagers and adults who have an avid interest in science and dream of building household explorers. No formal engineering education is assumed. The robot described and built in this book is battery powered and about the size of a lunchbox. It is autonomous. That is, it isn’t remote controlled. You’ll begin with some tools of the trade, and then work your way through prototyping, robot bodybuilding, and eventually soldering your own circuit boards. By the book’s end, you will have a solid amateur base of understanding so that you can begin creating your own robots to vacuum your house or maybe even rule the world!

Programmable Logic Controllers with ControlLogix

Author: Jon Stenerson
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781111781637
Release Date: 2009-06-25
Genre: Technology & Engineering

PROGRAMMING CONTROLLOGIX PROGRAMMABLE AUTOMATION CONTROLLERS covers ControlLogix Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and their programming and integration. The book's strength is its breadth and depth of coverage, taking the reader from an overview of the PLC through ladder logic, structured text, sequential function chart, and function block programming. PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLERS WITH CONTROLLOGIX also covers industrial sensors, PLC modules and wiring, as well as motion control using ControlLogix through two-axis coordinated motion (linear and circular) is also covered. To aid in learning, the book features a DVD with Camtasia learning videos and explanations of setup of RSLinx, project development, tag creation, configuration, instructions and much more. Appendixes cover configuring remote I/O, producer/consumer communication, messaging, and motion configuration and programming. Students learn more and more easily because of the breadth of practical coverage, numerous examples and extensive exercises. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.