The Playful Machine
by Ralf Der, Georg Martius
Publisher: Springer 2011
Number of pages: 353
The book provides answers by developing a general principle---homeokinesis, the dynamical symbiosis between brain, body, and environment---that is shown to drive robots to self-determined, individual development in a playful and obviously embodiment-related way: a dog-like robot starts playing with a barrier, eventually jumping or climbing over it; a snakebot develops coiling and jumping modes; humanoids develop climbing behaviors when fallen into a pit, or engage in wrestling-like scenarios when encountering an opponent.
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by Jonas Buchli - InTech
The book covers many aspects of the research in mobile robotics. It deals with different aspects of the control problem, especially also under uncertainty and faults. Mechanical design issues are discussed along with new sensor and actuator concepts.
by M. Dawson, B. Dupuis, M. Wilson - AU Press
From Bricks to Brains introduces embodied cognitive science, and illustrates its foundational ideas through the construction and observation of LEGO Mindstorms robots. The book places a renewed emphasis on sensing and acting.
by Cher Ming Tan - IN-TECH
This book provides the readers with the knowledge of Simulated Annealing and its applications in the various branches of engineering. We encourage readers to explore the application of Simulated Annealing in their work for the task of optimization.
by Pedro Lima - InTech
The book on advanced research on multi-robot subsystems, naturally motivated by the challenges posed by robot soccer, but certainly applicable to other domains: reasoning, multi-criteria decision-making, behavior and team coordination, etc.