[robotics-worldwide] Handbook of Collective Robotics - Fundamentals and Challenges

Serge Kernbach serge.kernbach at cybertronica.co
Wed Jun 19 05:40:20 PDT 2013


Dear Colleagues, 


I would like to announce the "Handbook of Collective Robotics" published by
Pan Stanford Publishing. The preparation took almost 2.5 years with a large
number of contributions (52 co-authors), one year ago it was announced by
the publisher, however only now it is printed and delivered to bookshops. 



Collective robotics is young and promising research field, where many robots
work as one team, group or swarm to achieve a common goal. Collective
systems provide several essential advantages such as extended reliability,
scalability, flexibility and reconfigurability, capabilities for emergent
and self-organizing phenomena. Depending on size, complexity and underlying
principles of interaction and information transfer, there are different
small-, middle- and large-scale systems, denoted as cooperative, networked,
swarm and nano-robotics. All these systems utilize different mechanisms of
perception, coordination and learning. Lately, research on swarm,
reconfigurable and evolutionary robotics leaded to an appearance of
morphogenetic systems, so-called artificial organisms, with advanced
homeostatic and adaptive functionality. Collective systems became attractive
for different underwater, aerial and industrial applications as well as for
new areas of nano- and biological (bacterial) robotics. This book describes
basic principles underlying collective systems, discusses such issues as
design of emergence, fault tolerance, self-properties, artificial evolution,
appearance of robot cultures and indicates main application areas.


This book is devoted to mechatronic, chemical, bacteriological, biological,
and hybrid systems, utilizing cooperative, networked, swarm,
self-organizing, evolutionary and bio-inspired design principles and
targeting underwater, ground, air, and space applications. It addresses
issues such as open-ended evolution, self-replication, self-development,
reliability, scalability, energy foraging, adaptivity, and artificial
sociality. The book has been prepared by 52 authors from world-leading
research groups in 14 countries. This book covers not only current but also
future key technologies and is aimed at anyone who is interested in learning
more about collective robotics and how it might affect our society. 


Link to the publisher



Best Regards



Dr. Serge Kernbach, Director
Cybertronica Research
Research Center of Advanced Robotics and Environmental Science
Court Stuttgart Register: HRB 742389
VAT Number: DE284655504
Melunerstr. 40, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany 

Tel. +49-711-7674337




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