Introduction to Autonomous Robots
Mechanisms, Sensors, Actuators, and Algorithms
288 pp., 7 x 9 in, 86 b&w illus.
- Published: December 20, 2022
A comprehensive introduction to the field of autonomous robotics aimed at upper-level undergraduates and offering additional online resources.
Textbooks that provide a broad algorithmic perspective on the mechanics and dynamics of robots almost unfailingly serve students at the graduate level. Introduction to Autonomous Robots offers a much-needed resource for teaching third- and fourth-year undergraduates the computational fundamentals behind the design and control of autonomous robots. The authors use a class-tested and accessible approach to present progressive, step-by-step development concepts, alongside a wide range of real-world examples and fundamental concepts in mechanisms, sensing and actuation, computation, and uncertainty. Throughout, the authors balance the impact of hardware (mechanism, sensor, actuator) and software (algorithms) in teaching robot autonomy.
Rigorous and tested in the classroom, Introduction to Autonomous Robots is written for engineering and computer science undergraduates with a sophomore-level understanding of linear algebra, probability theory, trigonometry, and statistics. Coverage includes basic concepts in robotic mechanisms like locomotion and grasping, plus the resulting forces; operation principles of sensors and actuators; basic algorithms for vision and feature detection; and an introduction to artificial neural networks, including convolutional and recurrent variants. QR codes in the text guide readers to online lecture videos and animations. The book also features extensive appendices focusing on project-based curricula, pertinent areas of mathematics, backpropagation, writing a research paper, and other topics, and is accompanied by a growing library of exercises in an open-source, platform-independent simulation (Webots).
"This much-needed book covers a broad sweep of classical and emerging topics in robotics, presented clearly, concisely, and at a level of detail appropriate for an undergraduate audience."
Mac Schwager, Associate Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University
“A clear introduction to the field with emphasis on wheeled locomotion and manipulation, this book includes exercises, math refreshers, and guidelines for writing research articles that will be of great value to students.”
Dario Floreano, Director of the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)