Embedded Robotics

Mobile Robot Design and Applications with Embedded Systems

Authors: Bräunl, Thomas

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About this Textbook

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . t all started with a new robot lab course I had developed to accompany my robotics lectures. We already had three large, heavy, and expensive mobile robots for research projects, but nothing simple and safe, which we I could give to students to practice on for an introductory course. We selected a mobile robot kit based on an 8-bit controller, and used it for the first couple of years of this course. This gave students not only the enj- ment of working with real robots but, more importantly, hands-on experience with control systems, real-time systems, concurrency, fault tolerance, sensor and motor technology, etc. It was a very successful lab and was greatly enjoyed by the students. Typical tasks were, for example, driving straight, finding a light source, or following a leading vehicle. Since the robots were rather inexpensive, it was possible to furnish a whole lab with them and to c- duct multi-robot experiments as well. Simplicity, however, had its drawbacks. The robot mechanics were unre- able, the sensors were quite poor, and extendability and processing power were very limited. What we wanted to use was a similar robot at an advanced level.

About the authors

Bräunl is Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia, Perth, where he founded and directs the Mobile Robot Lab and is also Director of the Centre for Intelligent Information Processing Systems (CIIPS). Professor Bräunl received a Diploma in Informatics in 1986 from Univ. Kaiserslautern, an MS in Computer Science in 1987 from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and a PhD and Habilitation in Informatics in 1989 and 1994, respectively, from Univ. Stuttgart. He has worked in the past for BASF and DaimlerChrysler and has founded a company for innovative mobile robot design. Professor Bräunl’s research interests are robotics, vision, graphics, and concurrency. He is author of several research books and textbooks and has developed the EyeBot mobile robot family.

Reviews

From the reviews of the second edition:

"This book provides an interesting overview on embedded robotics. … presents most of the practical aspects related to the design and control of an autonomous robot. … In the reviewer’s opinion, this book is suitable as a textbook for a laboratory class on robotics. … The book might also be of interest to Ph.D. students … . is very well organized and it-is-written-in-a-pleasantly concise style. Undergraduate and graduate students and researchers interested in embedded robotics will find it useful and rich in valuable material." (Gianluca Antonelli, SIAM Review, Vol. 49 (3), 2007)


Table of contents (4 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Embedded Robotics
Book Subtitle
Mobile Robot Design and Applications with Embedded Systems
Authors
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-34319-6
DOI
10.1007/3-540-34319-9
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XIV, 458
Number of Illustrations and Tables
233 b/w illustrations
Topics