© 1989

Intelligent robotics

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Part of the Open University Press Robotics Series book series (OUPRS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Mark H. Lee
    Pages 1-12
  3. Mark H. Lee
    Pages 13-26
  4. Mark H. Lee
    Pages 27-52
  5. Mark H. Lee
    Pages 53-66
  6. Mark H. Lee
    Pages 67-97
  7. Mark H. Lee
    Pages 98-130
  8. Mark H. Lee
    Pages 131-147
  9. Mark H. Lee
    Pages 148-174
  10. Mark H. Lee
    Pages 175-194
  11. Mark H. Lee
    Pages 195-200
  12. Mark H. Lee
    Pages 201-207
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 208-210

About this book


An industrial robot routinely carrying out an assembly or welding task is an impressive sight. More important, when operated within its design conditions it is a reliable production machine which - depending on the manufacturing process being automated - is relatively quick to bring into operation and can often repay its capital cost within a year or two. Yet first impressions can be deceptive: if the workpieces deviate somewhat in size or position, or, worse; if a gripper slips or a feeder jams the whole system may halt and look very unimpressive indeed. This is mainly because the sum total of the system's knowledge is simply a list of a few variables describing a sequence of positions in space; the means of moving from one to the next; how to react to a few input signals; and how to give a few output commands to associated machines. The acquisition, orderly retention and effective use of knowledge are the crucial missing techniques whose inclusion over the coming years will transform today's industrial robot into a truly robotic system embodying the 'intelligent connection of perception to action'. The use of computers to implement these techniques is the domain of Artificial Intelligence (AI) (machine intelligence). Evidently, it is an essential ingredient in the future development of robotics; yet the relationship between AI practitioners and robotics engineers has been an uneasy one ever since the two disciplines were born.


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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Intelligent robotics
  • Authors Mark H. Lee
  • Series Title Open University Press Robotics Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-335-15421-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4684-6239-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4684-6237-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 210
  • Number of Illustrations 56 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, multidisciplinary
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