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Kafka and the Universal

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Book Series: Interdisciplinary German Cultural Studies ISSN: 1861-8030 ISBN: 9783110458114 Year: Volume: 21 Pages: 333 DOI: 10.1515/9783110458114 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Kafka`s work has been attributed a universal significance and is often regarded as the ultimate witness of the human condition in the twentieth century. Yet his work is also considered paradigmatic for the expression of the singular that cannot be subsumed under any generalization. This paradox engenders questions not only concerning the meaning of the universal as it manifests itself in (and is transformed by) Kafka`s writings but also about the expression of the singular in literary fiction as it challenges the opposition between the universal and the singular. The contributions in this volume approach these questions from a variety of perspectives. They are structured according to the following issues: ambiguity as a tool of deconstructing the pre-established philosophical meanings of the universal the concept of the law as a major symbol for the universal meaning of Kafka`s writings the presence of animals in Kafka`s texts the modernist mode of writing as challenge of philosophical concepts of the universal and the meaning and relevance of the universal in contemporary Kafka reception. This volume examines central aspects of the interplay between philosophy and literature.

Cyborg Mind

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ISBN: 9781789200140 9781789200157 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Berghahn Books Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 104786
Subject: Biology
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Should people hardwire computers into their brains, enabling their minds to directly access cyberspace? What advantages and risks would this represent? Would this create a new humanity? These questions have been considered and discussed in science fiction for decades, but technology is beginning to make such developments seem remarkably plausible. This book examines what is currently taking place in this fast-developing sector of society while looking at future prospects. In so doing it seeks to integrate technological and scientific developments, political debate as well as philosophical interrogation while involving ethicists, policy makers, journalists, and practitioners. It is the first extensive study on a topic that is certain to significantly impact the 21st century and beyond. It opens the first door to this important debate.

Mechanism Design for Robotics

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ISBN: 9783039210589 / 9783039210596 Year: Pages: 212 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-059-6 Language: eng
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Technology (General) --- General and Civil Engineering
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MEDER 2018, the IFToMM International Symposium on Mechanism Design for Robotics, was the fourth event in a series that was started in 2010 as a specific conference activity on mechanisms for robots. The aim of the MEDER Symposium is to bring researchers, industry professionals, and students together from a broad range of disciplines dealing with mechanisms for robots, in an intimate, collegial, and stimulating environment. In the 2018 MEDER event, we received significant attention regarding this initiative, as can be seen by the fact that the Proceedings contain contributions by authors from all around the world.The Proceedings of the MEDER 2018 Symposium have been published within the Springer book series on MMS, and the book contains 52 papers that have been selected after review for oral presentation. These papers cover several aspects of the wide field of robotics dealing with mechanism aspects in theory, design, numerical evaluations, and applications.This Special Issue of Robotics (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/robotics/special_issues/MDR) has been obtained as a result of a second review process and selection, but all the papers that have been accepted for MEDER 2018 are of very good quality with interesting contents that are suitable for journal publication, and the selection process has been difficult.

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hexapod walking robot --- 3-UPU parallel mechanism --- kinematics --- stability --- gait planning --- shape changing --- rolling --- robot --- cylindrical --- elliptical --- velocity control --- economic locomotion --- actuation burden --- inadvertent braking --- humanoid robots --- parallel mechanisms --- cable-driven robots --- robotic legs --- painting robot --- collaborative robot --- image processing --- non-photorealistic rendering --- artistic rendering --- robot wrists --- spherical parallel mechanism --- orientational mechanisms --- computer-aided design --- workspace analysis --- iCub --- shape memory alloy --- compliant mechanism --- SMA actuator --- pneumatic artificial muscle --- McKibben muscle --- haptic glove --- hand exoskeleton --- teleoperation --- force reflection --- human-machine interaction --- robot kinematics --- robot singularity --- singularity analysis --- robot control --- mobile manipulation --- human-robot-interaction --- learning by demonstration --- compliance control --- trajectory planning --- energy efficiency --- redundancy --- robotic cell --- kinematic redundancy --- cable-driven parallel robots --- fail-safe operation --- exercising device --- cobot --- V2SOM --- safety mechanism --- safe physical human–robot interaction --- pHRI --- variable stiffness actuator --- VSA --- collaborative robots --- humanoid robotic hands --- underactuated fingers --- graphical user interface --- grasp stability --- safe physical human–robot interaction (pHRI) --- variable stiffness actuator (VSA) --- collaborative robots --- robot-assisted Doppler sonography --- n/a

Differential Geometry

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ISBN: 9783039218004 / 9783039218011 Year: Pages: 166 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-801-1 Language: eng
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Science (General) --- Mathematics
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The present book contains 14 papers published in the Special Issue “Differential Geometry” of the journal Mathematics. They represent a selection of the 30 submissions. This book covers a variety of both classical and modern topics in differential geometry. We mention properties of both rectifying and affine curves, the geometry of hypersurfaces, angles in Minkowski planes, Euclidean submanifolds, differential operators and harmonic forms on Riemannian manifolds, complex manifolds, contact manifolds (in particular, Sasakian and trans-Sasakian manifolds), curvature invariants, and statistical manifolds and their submanifolds (in particular, Hessian manifolds). We wish to mention that among the authors, there are both well-known geometers and young researchers. The authors are from countries with a tradition in differential geometry: Belgium, China, Greece, Japan, Korea, Poland, Romania, Spain, Turkey, and United States of America. Many of these papers were already cited by other researchers in their articles. This book is useful for specialists in differential geometry, operator theory, physics, and information geometry as well as graduate students in mathematics.

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Euclidean submanifold --- position vector field --- concurrent vector field --- concircular vector field --- rectifying submanifold --- T-submanifolds --- constant ratio submanifolds --- Ricci soliton --- Kähler–Einstein metrics --- compact complex surfaces --- pinching of the curvatures --- statistical manifolds --- Hessian manifolds --- Hessian sectional curvature --- scalar curvature --- Ricci curvature --- Minkowski plane --- Minkowskian length --- Minkowskian angle --- Minkowskian pseudo-angle --- L2-harmonic forms --- Hodge–Laplacian --- manifold with singularity --- L2-Stokes theorem --- capacity --- k-th generalized Tanaka–Webster connection --- non-flat complex space form --- real hypersurface --- lie derivative --- shape operator --- conical surface --- developable surface --- generalized 1-type Gauss map --- cylindrical hypersurface --- inextensible flow --- lightlike surface --- ruled surface --- Darboux frame --- C-Bochner tensor --- generalized normalized ?-Casorati curvature --- Sasakian manifold --- slant --- invariant --- anti-invariant --- trans-Sasakian 3-manifold --- Reeb flow symmetry --- Ricci operator --- Sasakian statistical manifold --- conjugate connection --- Casorati curvature --- framed rectifying curves --- singular points --- framed helices --- centrodes --- circular rectifying curves --- statistical structure --- affine hypersurface --- affine sphere --- conjugate symmetric statistical structure --- sectional ?-curvature --- complete connection --- symplectic curves --- circular helices --- symplectic curvatures --- Frenet frame

Numerical Analysis or Numerical Method in Symmetry

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ISBN: 9783039283729 / 9783039283736 Year: Pages: 194 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03928-373-6 Language: eng
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Science (General) --- Mathematics
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This Special Issue focuses mainly on techniques and the relative formalism typical of numerical methods and therefore of numerical analysis, more generally. These fields of study of mathematics represent an important field of investigation both in the field of applied mathematics and even more exquisitely in the pure research of the theory of approximation and the study of polynomial relations as well as in the analysis of the solutions of the differential equations both ordinary and partial derivatives. Therefore, a substantial part of research on the topic of numerical analysis cannot exclude the fundamental role played by approximation theory and some of the tools used to develop this research. In this Special Issue, we want to draw attention to the mathematical methods used in numerical analysis, such as special functions, orthogonal polynomials, and their theoretical tools, such as Lie algebra, to study the concepts and properties of some special and advanced methods, which are useful in the description of solutions of linear and nonlinear differential equations. A further field of investigation is dedicated to the theory and related properties of fractional calculus with its adequate application to numerical methods.

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risk assessment --- numerical analysis --- ignition hazard --- effective field strength --- offshore plant --- Hamiltonian system --- complex Lagrangian --- Noether symmetries --- first integrals --- symplectic Runge–Kutta methods --- effective order --- partitioned runge-kutta methods --- symplecticity --- hamiltonian systems --- Runge-Kutta type methods --- fourth-order ODEs --- order conditions --- B-series --- quad-colored trees --- k-hypergeometric differential equations --- non-homogeneous --- k-hypergeometric series --- special function --- general solution --- Frobenius method --- Chebyshev polynomials --- pseudo-Chebyshev polynomials --- recurrence relations --- differential equations --- composition properties --- orthogonality properties --- numerical analysis --- heat generation --- chemical reaction --- thin needle --- nanofluid --- fourth-order --- nonoscillatory solutions --- oscillatory solutions --- delay differential equations --- particle accelerator --- coupling impedance --- dual integral equations --- Clenshaw-Curtis quadrature --- steepest descent method --- logarithmic singularities --- Cauchy singularity --- highly oscillatory integrals --- second-order --- nonoscillatory solutions --- oscillatory solutions --- delay differential equations --- Fredholm integral equations --- multiresolution analysis --- unitary extension principle --- oblique extension principle --- B-splines --- wavelets --- tight framelets --- Swift–Hohenberg type of equation --- surfaces --- narrow band domain --- closest point method --- operator splitting method

Advanced Mobile Robotics: Volume 1

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ISBN: 9783039219162 / 9783039219179 Year: Pages: 468 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-917-9 Language: eng
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Technology (General) --- General and Civil Engineering
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Mobile robotics is a challenging field with great potential. It covers disciplines including electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, cognitive science, and social science. It is essential to the design of automated robots, in combination with artificial intelligence, vision, and sensor technologies. Mobile robots are widely used for surveillance, guidance, transportation and entertainment tasks, as well as medical applications. This Special Issue intends to concentrate on recent developments concerning mobile robots and the research surrounding them to enhance studies on the fundamental problems observed in the robots. Various multidisciplinary approaches and integrative contributions including navigation, learning and adaptation, networked system, biologically inspired robots and cognitive methods are welcome contributions to this Special Issue, both from a research and an application perspective.

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path planning --- lane change --- excellent driver model --- neural networks --- autonomous vehicle --- remotely operated vehicle --- ocean current --- cable disturbance modeling --- lumped parameter method --- sliding mode observer --- 4WS4WD vehicle --- force control --- MPC --- PSO --- path tracking --- negative-buoyancy --- tri-tilt-rotor --- autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) --- immersion and invariance --- object mapping --- Geometric Algebra --- Differential Evolution --- non-inertial reference frame --- centrifugal force --- turning model LIP --- trajectory planning --- space robot --- hybrid bionic robot --- chameleon --- end effector --- hybrid robot --- curve fitting --- fair optimisation --- trajectory interpolation --- piezoelectric actuator --- high step-up ratio --- high efficiency --- small size --- micro mobile robot --- biomimetic robot --- micro air vehicle --- flapping --- drag-based system --- dragonfly --- snake-like robot --- singularity analysis --- system design --- dynamical model --- nonlinear differentiator --- robotic drilling --- sliding mode control --- drilling end-effector --- fault diagnosis --- quadcopter UAV --- fault-tolerant control --- sliding mode observer --- Thau observer --- smart materials --- actuators --- robots --- electro-rheological fluids --- magneto-rheological fluids --- shape memory alloys --- medical devices --- rehabilitation system --- LOS --- motion camouflage control --- parallel navigation --- missile control system --- target tracking --- variable speed --- high-speed target --- snake robots --- head-raising --- shape-fitting --- phase-shifting --- spiral curve --- servo valve --- pneumatics --- position control --- cart --- robot --- step climbing --- transportation --- stopper --- climbing robot --- safety recovery mechanism --- cable detection --- dynamic coupling analysis --- path planning --- mobile robots --- curvature constraints --- state constraints --- extend procedure --- G3-continuity --- car-like kinematics --- obstacle avoidance system --- harmonic potential field --- curvature constraint --- non-holonomic mobile robot --- computing time --- inverse kinematics --- joint limit avoidance --- kinematic singularity --- manipulator --- obstacle avoidance --- potential field --- service robot --- graph representation --- similarity measure --- mobile robot --- static environments --- path planning --- multi-objective optimization --- NSGA-II --- evolutionary operators --- mobile robot --- coalmine --- exploration --- robotics --- ATEX --- safety --- methane --- quadruped robot --- stability criterion --- dynamic gait --- glass façade cleaning robot --- wall climbing robot --- biped mechanism --- data association --- 3D-SLAM --- localization --- mapping --- disturbance-rejection control --- extended state observer (ESO) --- hover mode --- transition mode --- negative buoyancy --- quad-tilt rotor --- autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) --- Rodrigues parameters --- UAV --- variable spray --- prescription map translation --- PID algorithm --- grip planning --- biped climbing robots --- collision avoidance --- grip optimization --- dynamic environment --- closed-loop detection --- sparse pose adjustment (SPA) --- inertial measurement unit (IMU) --- simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) --- non-singular fast-terminal sliding-mode control --- industrial robotic manipulator --- external disturbance --- dynamic uncertainty --- adaptive control law --- exoskeleton --- load carriage --- muscle activities --- human–robot interaction --- discomfort --- actuatorless --- alpine ski --- human–robot interaction --- mechanism --- passive skiing turn --- skiing robot --- predictable trajectory planning --- geodesic --- constrained motion --- mobile robot --- jumping robot --- hopping robot --- continuous hopping --- single actuator --- self-reconfigurable robot --- cleaning robot --- Tetris-inspired --- polyomino tiling theory --- coverage path planning --- area decomposition --- multi-criteria decision making --- design and modeling --- kinematics --- kinematic identification --- monocular vision --- action generation --- robot motion --- undiscovered sensor values --- differential wheeled robot --- powered exoskeleton --- motion sensor --- machine learning --- unmanned aerial vehicle --- pesticide application --- deposition uniformity --- droplets penetrability --- control efficacy --- working efficiency --- subgoal graphs --- reinforcement learning --- hierarchical path planning --- uncertain environments --- mobile robots --- deep reinforcement learning --- mobile manipulation --- robot learning --- intelligent mobile robot --- pallet transportation --- master-slave --- compact driving unit --- high-gain observer --- snake robot --- series elastic actuator --- SEA --- Robot Operating System --- ROS --- non-prehensile manipulation --- manipulation planning --- contact planning --- manipulation action sequences --- robot --- obstacle avoidance --- facial and gender recognition --- q-learning --- Q-networks --- reinforcement learning --- gait cycle --- biped robots --- minimally invasive surgery robot --- inverse kinematics --- dialytic elimination --- Newton iteration --- curvilinear obstacle --- douglas–peuker polygonal approximation --- opposite angle-based exact cell decomposition --- path planning --- mobile robot --- UAV --- auto-tuning --- machine learning --- iterative learning --- extremum-seeking --- altitude controller --- enemy avoidance --- reinforcement learning --- decision making --- hardware-in-the-loop simulation --- unmanned aerial vehicles --- path planning --- multiple mobile robots --- artificial fish swarm algorithm --- expansion logic strategy --- sample gathering problem --- mobile robots --- mathematical modeling --- numerical evaluation --- centralized architecture --- optimization --- fault recovery --- reinforcement learning --- gait adaptation --- legged robot --- bio-inspired robot --- human–machine interactive navigation --- mobile robot --- topological map --- regional growth --- trajectory planning --- position/force cooperative control --- hierarchical planning --- object-oriented --- symmetrical adaptive variable impedance --- biologically-inspired --- self-learning --- formation control --- mobile robots --- loop closure detection --- convolutional neural network --- spatial pyramid pooling --- dynamic neural networks --- mobile robot navigation --- gesture recognition --- behaviour dynamics --- real-time action recognition --- formation of robots --- non-holonomic robot --- stability analysis --- Lyapunov-like function --- target assignment --- goal exchange --- path following --- switching control --- swarm-robotics --- rendezvous consensus --- robot navigation --- victim-detection --- unmanned surface vessel --- path following --- integral line-of-sight --- finite-time currents observer --- radial basis function neural networks --- input saturation --- n/a

Advanced Mobile Robotics: Volume 2

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ISBN: 9783039219445 / 9783039219452 Year: Pages: 498 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-945-2 Language: eng
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Technology (General) --- General and Civil Engineering
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Mobile robotics is a challenging field with great potential. It covers disciplines including electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, cognitive science, and social science. It is essential to the design of automated robots, in combination with artificial intelligence, vision, and sensor technologies. Mobile robots are widely used for surveillance, guidance, transportation and entertainment tasks, as well as medical applications. This Special Issue intends to concentrate on recent developments concerning mobile robots and the research surrounding them to enhance studies on the fundamental problems observed in the robots. Various multidisciplinary approaches and integrative contributions including navigation, learning and adaptation, networked system, biologically inspired robots and cognitive methods are welcome contributions to this Special Issue, both from a research and an application perspective.

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path planning --- lane change --- excellent driver model --- neural networks --- autonomous vehicle --- remotely operated vehicle --- ocean current --- cable disturbance modeling --- lumped parameter method --- sliding mode observer --- 4WS4WD vehicle --- force control --- MPC --- PSO --- path tracking --- negative-buoyancy --- tri-tilt-rotor --- autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) --- immersion and invariance --- object mapping --- Geometric Algebra --- Differential Evolution --- non-inertial reference frame --- centrifugal force --- turning model LIP --- trajectory planning --- space robot --- hybrid bionic robot --- chameleon --- end effector --- hybrid robot --- curve fitting --- fair optimisation --- trajectory interpolation --- piezoelectric actuator --- high step-up ratio --- high efficiency --- small size --- micro mobile robot --- biomimetic robot --- micro air vehicle --- flapping --- drag-based system --- dragonfly --- snake-like robot --- singularity analysis --- system design --- dynamical model --- nonlinear differentiator --- robotic drilling --- sliding mode control --- drilling end-effector --- fault diagnosis --- quadcopter UAV --- fault-tolerant control --- sliding mode observer --- Thau observer --- smart materials --- actuators --- robots --- electro-rheological fluids --- magneto-rheological fluids --- shape memory alloys --- medical devices --- rehabilitation system --- LOS --- motion camouflage control --- parallel navigation --- missile control system --- target tracking --- variable speed --- high-speed target --- snake robots --- head-raising --- shape-fitting --- phase-shifting --- spiral curve --- servo valve --- pneumatics --- position control --- cart --- robot --- step climbing --- transportation --- stopper --- climbing robot --- safety recovery mechanism --- cable detection --- dynamic coupling analysis --- path planning --- mobile robots --- curvature constraints --- state constraints --- extend procedure --- G3-continuity --- car-like kinematics --- obstacle avoidance system --- harmonic potential field --- curvature constraint --- non-holonomic mobile robot --- computing time --- inverse kinematics --- joint limit avoidance --- kinematic singularity --- manipulator --- obstacle avoidance --- potential field --- service robot --- graph representation --- similarity measure --- mobile robot --- static environments --- path planning --- multi-objective optimization --- NSGA-II --- evolutionary operators --- mobile robot --- coalmine --- exploration --- robotics --- ATEX --- safety --- methane --- quadruped robot --- stability criterion --- dynamic gait --- glass façade cleaning robot --- wall climbing robot --- biped mechanism --- data association --- 3D-SLAM --- localization --- mapping --- disturbance-rejection control --- extended state observer (ESO) --- hover mode --- transition mode --- negative buoyancy --- quad-tilt rotor --- autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) --- Rodrigues parameters --- UAV --- variable spray --- prescription map translation --- PID algorithm --- grip planning --- biped climbing robots --- collision avoidance --- grip optimization --- dynamic environment --- closed-loop detection --- sparse pose adjustment (SPA) --- inertial measurement unit (IMU) --- simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) --- non-singular fast-terminal sliding-mode control --- industrial robotic manipulator --- external disturbance --- dynamic uncertainty --- adaptive control law --- exoskeleton --- load carriage --- muscle activities --- human–robot interaction --- discomfort --- actuatorless --- alpine ski --- human–robot interaction --- mechanism --- passive skiing turn --- skiing robot --- predictable trajectory planning --- geodesic --- constrained motion --- mobile robot --- jumping robot --- hopping robot --- continuous hopping --- single actuator --- self-reconfigurable robot --- cleaning robot --- Tetris-inspired --- polyomino tiling theory --- coverage path planning --- area decomposition --- multi-criteria decision making --- design and modeling --- kinematics --- kinematic identification --- monocular vision --- action generation --- robot motion --- undiscovered sensor values --- differential wheeled robot --- powered exoskeleton --- motion sensor --- machine learning --- unmanned aerial vehicle --- pesticide application --- deposition uniformity --- droplets penetrability --- control efficacy --- working efficiency --- subgoal graphs --- reinforcement learning --- hierarchical path planning --- uncertain environments --- mobile robots --- deep reinforcement learning --- mobile manipulation --- robot learning --- intelligent mobile robot --- pallet transportation --- master-slave --- compact driving unit --- high-gain observer --- snake robot --- series elastic actuator --- SEA --- Robot Operating System --- ROS --- non-prehensile manipulation --- manipulation planning --- contact planning --- manipulation action sequences --- robot --- obstacle avoidance --- facial and gender recognition --- q-learning --- Q-networks --- reinforcement learning --- gait cycle --- biped robots --- minimally invasive surgery robot --- inverse kinematics --- dialytic elimination --- Newton iteration --- curvilinear obstacle --- douglas–peuker polygonal approximation --- opposite angle-based exact cell decomposition --- path planning --- mobile robot --- UAV --- auto-tuning --- machine learning --- iterative learning --- extremum-seeking --- altitude controller --- enemy avoidance --- reinforcement learning --- decision making --- hardware-in-the-loop simulation --- unmanned aerial vehicles --- path planning --- multiple mobile robots --- artificial fish swarm algorithm --- expansion logic strategy --- sample gathering problem --- mobile robots --- mathematical modeling --- numerical evaluation --- centralized architecture --- optimization --- fault recovery --- reinforcement learning --- gait adaptation --- legged robot --- bio-inspired robot --- human–machine interactive navigation --- mobile robot --- topological map --- regional growth --- trajectory planning --- position/force cooperative control --- hierarchical planning --- object-oriented --- symmetrical adaptive variable impedance --- biologically-inspired --- self-learning --- formation control --- mobile robots --- loop closure detection --- convolutional neural network --- spatial pyramid pooling --- dynamic neural networks --- mobile robot navigation --- gesture recognition --- behaviour dynamics --- real-time action recognition --- formation of robots --- non-holonomic robot --- stability analysis --- Lyapunov-like function --- target assignment --- goal exchange --- path following --- switching control --- swarm-robotics --- rendezvous consensus --- robot navigation --- victim-detection --- unmanned surface vessel --- path following --- integral line-of-sight --- finite-time currents observer --- radial basis function neural networks --- input saturation --- n/a

Advanced Mobile Robotics: Volume 3

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ISBN: 9783039219469 / 9783039219476 Year: Pages: 270 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-947-6 Language: eng
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Mobile robotics is a challenging field with great potential. It covers disciplines including electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, cognitive science, and social science. It is essential to the design of automated robots, in combination with artificial intelligence, vision, and sensor technologies. Mobile robots are widely used for surveillance, guidance, transportation and entertainment tasks, as well as medical applications. This Special Issue intends to concentrate on recent developments concerning mobile robots and the research surrounding them to enhance studies on the fundamental problems observed in the robots. Various multidisciplinary approaches and integrative contributions including navigation, learning and adaptation, networked system, biologically inspired robots and cognitive methods are welcome contributions to this Special Issue, both from a research and an application perspective.

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path planning --- lane change --- excellent driver model --- neural networks --- autonomous vehicle --- remotely operated vehicle --- ocean current --- cable disturbance modeling --- lumped parameter method --- sliding mode observer --- 4WS4WD vehicle --- force control --- MPC --- PSO --- path tracking --- negative-buoyancy --- tri-tilt-rotor --- autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) --- immersion and invariance --- object mapping --- Geometric Algebra --- Differential Evolution --- non-inertial reference frame --- centrifugal force --- turning model LIP --- trajectory planning --- space robot --- hybrid bionic robot --- chameleon --- end effector --- hybrid robot --- curve fitting --- fair optimisation --- trajectory interpolation --- piezoelectric actuator --- high step-up ratio --- high efficiency --- small size --- micro mobile robot --- biomimetic robot --- micro air vehicle --- flapping --- drag-based system --- dragonfly --- snake-like robot --- singularity analysis --- system design --- dynamical model --- nonlinear differentiator --- robotic drilling --- sliding mode control --- drilling end-effector --- fault diagnosis --- quadcopter UAV --- fault-tolerant control --- sliding mode observer --- Thau observer --- smart materials --- actuators --- robots --- electro-rheological fluids --- magneto-rheological fluids --- shape memory alloys --- medical devices --- rehabilitation system --- LOS --- motion camouflage control --- parallel navigation --- missile control system --- target tracking --- variable speed --- high-speed target --- snake robots --- head-raising --- shape-fitting --- phase-shifting --- spiral curve --- servo valve --- pneumatics --- position control --- cart --- robot --- step climbing --- transportation --- stopper --- climbing robot --- safety recovery mechanism --- cable detection --- dynamic coupling analysis --- path planning --- mobile robots --- curvature constraints --- state constraints --- extend procedure --- G3-continuity --- car-like kinematics --- obstacle avoidance system --- harmonic potential field --- curvature constraint --- non-holonomic mobile robot --- computing time --- inverse kinematics --- joint limit avoidance --- kinematic singularity --- manipulator --- obstacle avoidance --- potential field --- service robot --- graph representation --- similarity measure --- mobile robot --- static environments --- path planning --- multi-objective optimization --- NSGA-II --- evolutionary operators --- mobile robot --- coalmine --- exploration --- robotics --- ATEX --- safety --- methane --- quadruped robot --- stability criterion --- dynamic gait --- glass façade cleaning robot --- wall climbing robot --- biped mechanism --- data association --- 3D-SLAM --- localization --- mapping --- disturbance-rejection control --- extended state observer (ESO) --- hover mode --- transition mode --- negative buoyancy --- quad-tilt rotor --- autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) --- Rodrigues parameters --- UAV --- variable spray --- prescription map translation --- PID algorithm --- grip planning --- biped climbing robots --- collision avoidance --- grip optimization --- dynamic environment --- closed-loop detection --- sparse pose adjustment (SPA) --- inertial measurement unit (IMU) --- simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) --- non-singular fast-terminal sliding-mode control --- industrial robotic manipulator --- external disturbance --- dynamic uncertainty --- adaptive control law --- exoskeleton --- load carriage --- muscle activities --- human–robot interaction --- discomfort --- actuatorless --- alpine ski --- human–robot interaction --- mechanism --- passive skiing turn --- skiing robot --- predictable trajectory planning --- geodesic --- constrained motion --- mobile robot --- jumping robot --- hopping robot --- continuous hopping --- single actuator --- self-reconfigurable robot --- cleaning robot --- Tetris-inspired --- polyomino tiling theory --- coverage path planning --- area decomposition --- multi-criteria decision making --- design and modeling --- kinematics --- kinematic identification --- monocular vision --- action generation --- robot motion --- undiscovered sensor values --- differential wheeled robot --- powered exoskeleton --- motion sensor --- machine learning --- unmanned aerial vehicle --- pesticide application --- deposition uniformity --- droplets penetrability --- control efficacy --- working efficiency --- subgoal graphs --- reinforcement learning --- hierarchical path planning --- uncertain environments --- mobile robots --- deep reinforcement learning --- mobile manipulation --- robot learning --- intelligent mobile robot --- pallet transportation --- master-slave --- compact driving unit --- high-gain observer --- snake robot --- series elastic actuator --- SEA --- Robot Operating System --- ROS --- non-prehensile manipulation --- manipulation planning --- contact planning --- manipulation action sequences --- robot --- obstacle avoidance --- facial and gender recognition --- q-learning --- Q-networks --- reinforcement learning --- gait cycle --- biped robots --- minimally invasive surgery robot --- inverse kinematics --- dialytic elimination --- Newton iteration --- curvilinear obstacle --- douglas–peuker polygonal approximation --- opposite angle-based exact cell decomposition --- path planning --- mobile robot --- UAV --- auto-tuning --- machine learning --- iterative learning --- extremum-seeking --- altitude controller --- enemy avoidance --- reinforcement learning --- decision making --- hardware-in-the-loop simulation --- unmanned aerial vehicles --- path planning --- multiple mobile robots --- artificial fish swarm algorithm --- expansion logic strategy --- sample gathering problem --- mobile robots --- mathematical modeling --- numerical evaluation --- centralized architecture --- optimization --- fault recovery --- reinforcement learning --- gait adaptation --- legged robot --- bio-inspired robot --- human–machine interactive navigation --- mobile robot --- topological map --- regional growth --- trajectory planning --- position/force cooperative control --- hierarchical planning --- object-oriented --- symmetrical adaptive variable impedance --- biologically-inspired --- self-learning --- formation control --- mobile robots --- loop closure detection --- convolutional neural network --- spatial pyramid pooling --- dynamic neural networks --- mobile robot navigation --- gesture recognition --- behaviour dynamics --- real-time action recognition --- formation of robots --- non-holonomic robot --- stability analysis --- Lyapunov-like function --- target assignment --- goal exchange --- path following --- switching control --- swarm-robotics --- rendezvous consensus --- robot navigation --- victim-detection --- unmanned surface vessel --- path following --- integral line-of-sight --- finite-time currents observer --- radial basis function neural networks --- input saturation --- n/a

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