Embedded Systems.- Robots and Controllers.- Central Processing Unit.- Sensors.- Actuators.- Control.- Multitasking.- Wireless Communication.- Mobile Robot Design.- Driving Robots.- Omni-Directional Robots.- Balancing Robots.- Walking Robots.- Autonomous Planes.- Autonomous Vessels and Underwater Vehicles.- Robot Manipulators.- Simulation Systems.- Mobile Robot Applications.- Localization and Navigation.- Maze Exploration.- Map Generation.- Real-Time Image Processing.- Robot Soccer.- Neural Networks.- Genetic Algorithms.- Genetic Programming.- Behavior-Based Systems.- Evolution of Walking Gaits.- Automotive Systems.- Outlook.
Braunl is Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia, Perth, where he founded and directs the Mobile Robot Lab and is also Director of the Centre for Intelligent Information Processing Systems (CIIPS). Professor Braunl received a Diploma in Informatics in 1986 from Univ. Kaiserslautern, an MS in Computer Science in 1987 from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and a PhD and Habilitation in Informatics in 1989 and 1994, respectively, from Univ. Stuttgart. He has worked in the past for BASF and DaimlerChrysler and has founded a company for innovative mobile robot design. Professor Braunl's research interests are robotics, vision, graphics, and concurrency. He is author of several research books and textbooks and has developed the EyeBot mobile robot family.
From the reviews of the second edition:
"This book provides an interesting overview on embedded robotics. ... presents most of the practical aspects related to the design and control of an autonomous robot. ... In the reviewer's opinion, this book is suitable as a textbook for a laboratory class on robotics. ... The book might also be of interest to Ph.D. students ... . is very well organized and it-is-written-in-a-pleasantly concise style. Undergraduate and graduate students and researchers interested in embedded robotics will find it useful and rich in valuable material." (Gianluca Antonelli, SIAM Review, Vol. 49 (3), 2007)