Robot Programming

A Practical Guide to Behavior-Based Robotics

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Date

December 12, 2003

Format

Paperback, 293 pages

ISBN

0071427783 / 9780071427784

$

Your Price

35.00



Overview


Main description


* Teaches the concepts of behavior-based programming through text, programming examples, and a unique online simulator robot

* Explains how to design new behaviors by manipulating old ones and adjusting programming

* Does not assume reader familiarity with robotics or programming languages

* Includes a section on designing your own behavior-based system from scratch


Table of contents

PrefaceIntroductionAcknowledgmentsChapter 1: Autonomous Mobile RobotsChapter 2: Control SystemsChapter 3: BehaviorsChapter 4: ArbitrationChapter 5: ProgrammingChapter 6: DecompositionChapter 7: Physical InterfacesChapter 8: ImplementationChapter 9: Future RobotsAPPENDIX A: MATHEMATICS OF DIFFERENTIAL DRIVEAPPENDIX B: BSimAPPENDIX C: FREQUENTLY USED FUNCTIONSAPPENDIX D: PSEUDOCODEAPPENDIX E: BIBLIOGRAPHYINDEX


Author comments

Joe Jones (Acton, MA) is a veteran roboticist, currently employed by iRobot. He is the co-author of Mobile Robots: Inspiration to Implementation, as well as numerous articles in the field of robotics. He is one of the inventors of the Roomba(R) Robotic FloorVac, the first widely adopted consumer robot.

Daniel Roth (Cambridge, MA) is a master's degree candidate in computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, specializing in autonomous robot navigation.


Back cover copy

MASTER ROBOT PROGRAMMING ITH YOUR OWN FREE VIRTUAL 'BOT!

This ingenious book/Web site partnership teaches the skills you need to program a robot -- and gives you a virtual robot waiting online to perform your commands and test your programming expertise. You don't need to know either robotics or programming to get started!

Using an intuitive method, Robot Programming deconstructs robot control into simple and distinct behaviors that are easy to program and debug for inexpensive microcontrollers with little memory. Once you’ve mastered programming your online 'bot, you can easily adapt your programs for use in physical robots.

Though Robot Programming smoothes the path to acquiring skills in this arcane art, it does not reduce it to simplistics. With this resource, you can open the door to all the complexity, sophistication, versatility, and robustness that it is possible for robot behavior to exhibit.

WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR ROBOT TO DO?
Robot Programming's hands-on approach to behavior-based robotics--
* Teaches you intuitively, with a system that integrates explanation, code examples, and exercises using an online robot simulator
* Demonstrates programming for mobile robots
* Gives you the tools to combine sensors with robot skills
* Shows you how to develop new robot behaviors by manipulating old ones and adjusting programming parameters
* Provides examples of programming for object seeking, object avoidance, decision-making, and much more
* Leads you to advanced strategies for designing your own behavior-based systems from scratch
* Introduces the history and theory behind behavior-based programming
* Requires no background in either programming or robotics





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