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Mobile Robots

State of the Art in Land, Sea, Air, and Collaborative Missions

Edited by XiaoQi Chen

University of Canterbury, New Zealand


Since the introduction of the first industrial robot Unimate in a General Motors automobile factory in New Jersey in 1961, robots have gained stronger and stronger foothold in the industry. In the meantime, robotics research has been expanding from fix based robots to mobile robots at a stunning pace. There have been significant milestones that are worth noting in recent decades. Examples are the octopus-like Tentacle Arm developed by Marvin Minsky in 1968, the Stanford Cart crossing a chair-filled room without human assistance in 1979, and most recently, humanoid robots developed by Honda. Despite rapid technological developments and extensive research efforts in mobility, perception, navigation and control, mobile robots still fare badly in comparison with human abilities. For example, in physical interactions with subjects and objects in an operational environment, a human being can easily relies on his/her intuitively force-based servoing to accomplish contact tasks, handling and processing materials and interacting with people safely and precisely. The intuitiveness, learning ability and contextual knowledge, which are natural part of human instincts, are hard to come by for robots. The above observations simply highlight the monumental works and challenges ahead when researchers aspire to turn mobile robots to greater benefits to humankinds. This book is by no means to address all the issues associated mobile robots, but reports current states of some challenging research projects in mobile robotics ranging from land, humanoid, underwater, aerial robots, to rehabilitation.

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Mobile RobotsState of the Art in Land, Sea, Air, and Collaborative MissionsEdited by XiaoQi Chen

Published: May 1st 2009

DOI: 10.5772/120

ISBN: 978-953-307-001-8

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-953-51-5846-2

Copyright year: 2009

Books open for chapter submissions

48714 Total Chapter Downloads

30 Crossref Citations

33 Web of Science Citations

55 Dimensions Citations


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1. Mobiles Robots - Past Present and Future

By X.Q. Chen, Y.Q. Chen and J.G. Chase


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2. A Field Robot with Rotated-Claw Wheels

By Ronggang Yue, Kai Li, Jun Du, Shaoping Wang and Jizhong Xiao


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3. Mobile Wheeled Robot with Step Climbing Capabilities

By Gary Boucher and Luz Maria Sanchez


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4. Cable-Climbing Robots for Power Transmission Lines Inspection

By Mostafa Nayyerloo, XiaoQi Chen, Wenhui Wang and J Geoffrey Chase


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5. Bionic Limb Mechanism and Multi-Sensing Control for Cockroach Robots

By Weihai Chen, XiaoQi Chen, Jingmeng Liu and Jianbin Zhang


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6. Biologically-Inspired Design of Humanoids

By Xie M., Xian L. B., Wang L. and Li J.


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7. The State-of-Art of Underwater Vehicles - Theories and Applications

By W.H. Wang, R.C. Engelaar, X.Q. Chen and J.G. Chase


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8. General Concept of 3D SLAM

By Peter Zhang, Evangelous Millos and Jason Gu


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9. Flight Dynamics Modelling and Experimental Validation for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

By X.Q. Chen, Q. Ou, D. R. Wong, Y. J. Li, M. Sinclair and A. Marburg


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10. Optimal Real-Time Estimation Strategies for a Class of Cyber-Physical Systems Using Networked Mobile Sensors and Actuators

By Christophe Tricaud and YangQuan Chen


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11. Effective Heuristics for Route Construction of Mobile Data Collectors

By Samer Hanoun and Saeid Nahavandi


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12. An Augmented Reality Human-Robot Collaboration System

By Scott A. Green, J. Geoffrey Chase, XiaoQi Chen and Mark Billinghurst


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13. Indoor Localization Techniques Based on Wireless Sensor Networks

By Hyo-Sung Ahn and Wonpi Yu


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14. Multi-Criteria Optimal Design of Cable Driven Ankle Rehabilitation Robot

By P. K. Jamwal, S. Q. Xie, K. C. Aw and Y. H. Tsoi


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