[robotics-worldwide] [News] Finally an open textbook on robotics for non-roboticists

Francesco Mondada francesco.mondada at epfl.ch
Mon Mar 5 03:50:20 PST 2018

How to introduce probabilistic localisation to a biologist interested in robotics? 
Or to a high school math teacher interested to use robotics as an application example?
Or to any beginner that knows only basic maths?

A new textbook allows answering positively to these questions:


       Open Springer (Creative Common License, FREE download)

       by Moti Ben-Ari and Francesco Mondada

This book bridges the gap between playing with robots in school and studying robotics at the upper undergraduate and graduate levels to prepare for careers in industry and research. Robotic algorithms are presented formally, but using only mathematics known by high-school and first-year college students, such as calculus, matrices and probability. Concepts and algorithms are explained through detailed diagrams and calculations.

The theory is supplemented with over 100 activities, most of which can be successfully implemented using inexpensive educational robots. Activities that require more computation can be programmed on a computer. Archives are available on https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__elementsofrobotics.net&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=LKgbRoOnJqaRtWhiYCwXOfRDEFuKk1KJm8_elyhkikk&s=RJU18Fr6eYbVsM_vfdWXSFv6a2533NR0KkiFGi-c2U4&e= with suggested implementations for the Thymio robot ( https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.thymio.org&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=LKgbRoOnJqaRtWhiYCwXOfRDEFuKk1KJm8_elyhkikk&s=JR57jjEhkdUo4dRv49RiUZ21BcNiEaYwTpWK6Tny0G8&e= ) and standalone programs in Python.

Please share this information with your colleagues outside the robotics community!

Prof. Francesco Mondada
Mobile robots architecture & design

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Laboratoire de Systèmes Robotiques (LSRO)

Postal address:
Francesco Mondada 
bureau MEB3426, Station 9
CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

tel: +41 21 693 73 57
fax: +41 21 693 78 07

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