About the book
In this thriving age of technology, Transformers, Ex Machina, Iron Man, and Terminator there is little science fiction left as most of it became reality. Humanoid robots that can efficiently collaborate and work in parallel with humans, or independently or assistively, are today's hot research topic. Given the vast scope of their promising applications in the areas including assistive robots in healthcare, warehouse robots and assembly robots in industry, and combat robots in military, the possible contributions of these upcoming technologies cannot be ignored. With the promising aspirations in applications come challenges in design, implementation, cost and feasibility. Also, the design of these humanoid robots involves deeper understanding of the human brain and its control of the body.
This edited volume will focus on three primary topics including but not limited to Collaborative Humanoid Robots, Man-Machine Interaction, and Humanoid Robot Design and Implementation. Each of these three primary areas involves extensive coverage of applications and challenges of humanoid robots such as cobots or collaborative robots, human humanoid collaborative carrying, cooperative systems, human-robot collaboration, human-robot interaction, robot kinematics and dynamics, haptic interfaces, grasp controllers, posture controllers, whole-body motion controllers, and robotic assembly. It is believed that humanoid robots have a promising future to deliver and this would require addressing several challenges in adaptability, optimization and design automation.