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Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Agents

Over the past decade new approaches have emerged that have revolutionized the design of intelligent robotic systems. Even more recently, research on autonomous agents has undergone a renaissance as it has progressed from its roots in distributed AI. This new series, Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Agents, joins these research communities together and focuses on their commonalities, such as emergent intelligence, coordinated activity, and situatedness. The series is unique in that it provides a new synergistic perspective that juxtaposes the cognitive and organizational research developed within the autonomous agents community with the hardware-oriented behavioral methods found in today's robotics research laboratories. The new paradigm for intelligent robotics focuses on physical embodiment. It has concentrated predominantly on lower forms of biological life as an inspiration for the design of robot control systems by exploring reactive and hybrid behavior-based systems, evolutionary and reinforcement learning methods, and enabling perceptual paradigms such as active vision and task-oriented perception. Research on autonomous agents has often concentrated on higher cognitive and organizational activity such as inter-agent communication, negotiation, coordination, conflict, and social behavior. Most results from this community have software embodiments as opposed to their robotic counterparts. The series will concentrate on volumes that advance the theory, design, and practice of intelligent robots and autonomous agents. Contributions are encouraged from across the broad range of disciplines-computer science, engineering, the biosciences (neuroscience, psychology, ethology), organizational behavior, and economics-that are contributing to progress in these areas. For information on the submission of proposals and manuscripts, please contact any of the series editors, Ronald C. Arkin, George A. Bekey, Henrik I. Christensen, Edmund H. Durfee, David Kortenkamp, Michael Wooldridge, and Yoshihiko Nakamura, or the publisher, Marie Lee (

A comprehensive, authoritative, and accessible reference for disaster robotics that covers theory, specific deployments, and ground, air, and marine modalities.

From Biological Inspiration to Implementation and Control

An introduction to the science and practice of autonomous robots that reviews over 300 current systems and examines the underlying technology.

Edited by Gerhard Weiss

The new edition of an introduction to multiagent systems that captures the state of the art in both theory and practice, suitable as textbook or reference.

The first comprehensive technical history of air, land, sea, and underwater unmanned systems, by a distinguished U.S. Navy roboticist.

From Babies to Robots

A comprehensive overview of an interdisciplinary approach to robotics that takes direct inspiration from the developmental and learning phenomena observed in children’s cognitive development.

An authoritative overview of current research in this exciting interdisciplinary field.

The Ethical and Social Implications of Robotics

Prominent experts from science and the humanities explore issues in robot ethics that range from sex to war.

The second edition of a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of mobile robotics, from algorithms to mechanisms.

An Introduction

A comprehensive survey of the growing field of self-reconfigurable robots that discusses the history of the field, design considerations, and control strategies.

A new approach for conceptualizing and modeling multi-agent systems that consist of people, devices, and software agents.

Theories, Methods, and Technologies

A comprehensive introduction to new approaches in artificial intelligence and robotics that are inspired by self-organizing biological processes and structures.

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

Strategies and Lessons from the Trading Agent Competition

Overview and analysis of algorithmic advances developed within an integrated bidding agent architecture that emerged from recent research in a growing domain of AI.

An introduction to the techniques and algorithms of the newest field in robotics.

Theory, Algorithms, and Implementations

A text that makes the mathematical underpinnings of robot motion accessible and relates low-level details of implementation to high-level algorithmic concepts.

The Biology, Intelligence, and Technology of Self-Organizing Machines

This book focuses on the belief-desire-intention (BDI) model of rational agents, which recognizes the primacy of beliefs, desires, and intentions in rational action.

A model for strategic negotiation for intelligent agents.

The science and engineering of robotic manipulation.

A comprehensive introduction to the AI approach to robotics, combining theoretical rigor and practical applications; with case studies and exercises.

A Modern Approach to Distributed Artificial Intelligence
Edited by Gerhard Weiss
A Winning Approach to Robotic Soccer

This book looks at multiagent systems that consist of teams of autonomous agents acting in real-time, noisy, collaborative, and adversarial environments.

An Experiment in Behavior Engineering