Annellen M. Simpkins

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This book traces the core principles of this field during its process of discovery. In the 1920s, the author recognized an essential unity among certain problems evolving around communications, control, and statistical mechanics. Yet no discipline dealt with all these things together. Thus, he and hisgroup decided to create a new field that could be applied(More)
This book was first published in 1987 and has continued to be a popular handbook through each of its four iterations. It is written with a sense of humor and includes fascinating tidbits. For example, did you know that the word robot derived from a Czech novelist/playwright named Karel Capek who coined the word robata in a 1917 short story? The word robota(More)
Science fiction has portrayed many varieties of robots that heroically rush into dangerous places to save lives following a disaster. However, no such sophisticated, diversified, intelligent robot system exists. The Dai-Dai-Toku (DDT) Project, described in this book, offers a diversified, well-coordinated disaster robotics project to be used following(More)
Modern robots require a level of intelligence to carry out the operations required of them. We now have the capacity to build robots that are capable of learning and adapting. Many of these modern triumphs can be attributed to cybernetics. By combining many disciplines together to understand communication and control, cybernetics has made it possible for(More)
The author was a founder of cybernetics and formulated certain concepts of systems that are well regarded today. This book is intended to introduce the basics of cybernetics as a way to characterize machines not only by what they are, i.e., their nuts and bolts, but by what they might do, considered as a set of possibilities. The author uses simple algebra(More)
This book explores using, adapting, and developing knowledge as you build and teaches you how to create many useful items. Included in every chapter are vivid color illustrations with apt headings, such as "what you need," along with short directions with tips that teach principles and practices. This practical book might help highly theoretical roboticists(More)
F ive Hundred and Seven Mechanical Movements is a classic little jewel of moving mechanisms, a valuable resource for anyone who is building robots. When first published in 1868, this book offered the pre-Internet world a collection of the greatest moving devices of the time, gathered together in one small readable volume. Reissued in 1995, this book is(More)
Presents a review of the book "Towards Service Robots for Everyday Environments: Recent Advances in Designing Service Robots for Complex Tasks in Everyday Environments," by Erwin Prassler, Rainer Bischoff, Wolfram Burgard, Robert Haschle, Martin Hagele, Gisbert Lawitzky, Bernard Nebel, Paul Ploger, Ulrich Reiser, and Marius Zollner (Springer-Verlag, Berlin(More)
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