Computational Principles of Mobile Robotics


Gregory Dudek and Michael Jenkin


253 x 177 mm 294pp
79 line diagrams
60 half-tones
41 exercises

 Published by Cambridge University Press Cambridge University Press,
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Publisher's Book Description
This is a textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in the field of mobile robotics. With a special emphasis on computation and algorithms, the authors address a range of strategies for enabling robots to perform tasks that involve motion and behavior. The book is divided into three major sections: locomotion, sensing, and reasoning. It concentrates on wheeled and legged mobile robots, but discusses a variety of other propulsion systems. It presents algorithms for both visual and nonvisual sensor technologies, including sonar, vision, and laser scanners. In the section on reasoning, the authors emphasize the problems of navigation, pose estimation, and autonomous exploration.


Chapter Contents
1. Overview and motivation;
Part I. Locomotion and Perception: 2. Mobile robot hardware; 3. Non-visual sensors and algorithms; 4. Visual sensors and algorithms;
Part II. Representation and Planning: 5. Representing and reasoning about space; 6. Operating environment; 7. Pose maintenance; 8. Maps and related tasks; 9. Practical mobile robot tasks; 10. The future of mobile robotics.

You can download sample text from chapter one (which happens to be the non-technical chapter of the book).

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