About the book
This book is intended to cover some classical topics and subjects in industrial robotics with the latest technologies. These subjects cover mechanics and new control strategies, new morphologies that are appearing together with new applications, modeling and simulation, and path planning. The advances in new hands’ design, manipulation and grasping are gaining attention for new applications, as well as the new 3D printing techniques for rapid prototyping of such hands and new tools. However, the irruption of Industry 4.0 brings a new kind of robotics usage in industry environments, and cooperative, collaborative and co-robots techniques are entering the floor with strength. Humans are sharing the environment with new robot designs; security, communications and interaction, and simulated and hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) are important issues that will be also covered in the book. Additionally, the editors would like to emphasize the new industrial applications that emerge with the use of autonomous robots; unmanned aerial, surface and underwater vehicles are new technologies that open the automation of classical applications, and autonomous cars provide new possibilities uncovered so far. These robots need new control methodologies, SLAM, mapping, navigation and new sensoring technologies and algorithms, which will be also covered in this book. The editors would also give special attention to education and training in robotics, and to the ethical use in the new era of industrial robotics.