Robot manipulators: mathematics, programming, and control : the computer control of robot manipulators

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MIT Press, 1981 - Computers - 279 pages
"Richard Paul is perhaps the world's leading authority on the science of robot manipulation. He has contributed to almost every aspect of the field. His impressive publication record includes important articles on the kinematics of robot arms, their dynamics, and their control. He has developed a succession of interesting ideas concerning representation, specifically the use of homogeneous matrices.... Paul's book is written in his usual clear style, and it contains numerous interesting examples." -Patrick H. Winston and Mike Brady, editors, The MIT Press Artificial Intelligence Series Robot Manipulatorsis firmly grounded on the theoretical principles of the subject and makes considerable use of vector and matrix methods in its development. It is the first full treatment to be published, and it is designed for graduate courses in robotics as well as for practicing engineers. Following an introduction, the book's ten chapters cover homogeneous transformations, defining transformation equations, solving transformation equations, differential transformation relationships, motion trajectories, dynamics, digital servo systems, force transformations, compliance, and manipulation languages. Paul writes that the impact of robot manipulators on the workplace and the economy over the coming decade could be profound: "While currently available industrial robots will probably not have a major impact on manufacturing, a low-cost, mass-produced, sensor-controlled robot could have a revolutionary effect.... Such robots would represent the conclusion of the industrial revolution, replacing the type of labor required at its outset to perform the repetitive machine-linked tasks whose ideal performance is characterized by our conception of a robot, not a human. Based on current research work, laboratory demonstrations, and the general level of technology in this country, we believe that it is possible to achieve such a robot within the coming decade."

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RICHARD P. PAUL" received a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Stanford University. His career as an educator and researcher has spanned three decades, beginning with his development of the WAVE robot language. He was one of the first researchers to demonstrate the use of programmable robots for assembly. He went on to join the faculty at Purdue University as a professor of Electrical Engineering and the Ransburg Professor of Robotics. Dr. Paul currently teaches at the University of Pennsylvania in Computer and Information Science. His expertise extends his contributions into major U.S. robot manufacturers, researching the field of robot programming language development. He has served as one of the founding editors of the International Journal of Robotics Research, as well as a President of the IEEE Council on Robotics and Automation. This year Dr. Paul will become emeritus. His current research and development interests include time-delayed teleoperation and the development of the teleprogramming system.

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