Vladan Papić

University of Split Croatia

Born on 6th August, 1968. in Split, Croatia. B. S. in Electrotechnics, 1993, University of Split Title of diploma work: Use of PC in phase plane analysis of nelinear dynamic systems M. S. in Electrotechnics, 1996, University of Split Title of master thesis: Recognition of characteristic phases of human gait using Neural Networks Ph.D. in Electrotechnics, 2002, University of Split Title of doctoral thesis: Expert system for evaluation of human gait kinematics based on shape recognition Since 2002. assistant professor on The Faculty of natural science, mathematics and education. Classes: Electronics basics, Laboratory in electronics, Computers in technical systems. Head of Polytechnics department (PMF) 2005. - 2008. Vice-Dean for science (PMF) 2008. Professor on FESB since 2009. Full professor since 2010. Classes: Systems theory, Computer graphics, Databases. 1993. - 1997. working as a computer software developer in INFO90 and SEM-kompjuteri. Since 1998. - 2002. working as young researcher on the projectBiomechanics of human gait, control and rehabilitation

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The idea of using soccer game for promoting science and technology of artificial intelligence and robotics was presented in the early 90s of the last century. Researchers in many different scientific fields all over the world recognized this idea as an inspiring challenge. Robot soccer research is interdisciplinary, complex, demanding but most of all, fun and motivational. Obtained knowledge and results of research can easily be transferred and applied to numerous applications and projects dealing with relating fields such as robotics, electronics, mechanical engineering, artificial intelligence, etc. As a consequence, we are witnesses of rapid advancement in this field with numerous robot soccer competitions and a vast number of teams and team members. The best illustration is numbers from the RoboCup 2009 world championship held in Graz, Austria which gathered around 2300 participants in over 400 teams from 44 nations. Attendance numbers at various robot soccer events show that interest in robot soccer goes beyond the academic and R&D community. Several experts have been invited to present state of the art in this growing area. It was impossible to cover all aspects of the research in detail but through the chapters of this book, various topics were elaborated. Among them are hardware architecture and controllers, software design, sensor and information fusion, reasoning and control, development of more robust and intelligent robot soccer strategies, AI-based paradigms, robot communication and simulations as well as some other issues such as educational aspect. Some strict partition of chapter in this book hasn’t been done because areas of research are overlapping and interweaving. However, it can be said that chapters at the beginning are more system-oriented with wider scope of presented research while later chapters generally deal with some more particular aspects of robot soccer.

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