14.0672 new book on robotics

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 672.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2001 17:48:34 +0000
             From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni-dortmund.de>
             Subject: [MIT Release] Introduction to AI Robotics by Robin R. Murphy

    Dear humanist scholars,

    hello, i thought--this might interest you.-arun

    Introduction to AI Robotics
    Robin R. Murphy
    For more information please visit

    This text covers all the material needed to understand the principles
    behind the AI approach to robotics and to program an artificially
    intelligent robot for applications involving sensing, navigation,
    planning, and uncertainty. Robin Murphy is extremely effective at
    combining theoretical and practical rigor with a light narrative touch. In
    the overview, for example, she touches upon anthropomorphic robots from
    classic films and science fiction stories before delving into the nuts and
    bolts of organizing intelligence in robots.

    Following the overview, Murphy contrasts AI and engineering approaches and
    discusses what she calls the three paradigms of AI robotics: hierarchical,
    reactive, and hybrid deliberative/reactive. Later chapters explore
    multiagent scenarios, navigation and path-planning for mobile robots, and
    the basics of computer vision and range sensing. Each chapter includes
    objectives, review questions, and exercises. Many chapters contain one or
    more case studies showing how the concepts were implemented on real
    robots. Murphy, who is well known for her classroom teaching, conveys the
    intellectual adventure of mastering complex theoretical and technical

    Robin R. Murphy is Associate Professor in the Department of Computer
    Science and Engineering, and in the Department of Psychology, at the
    University of South Florida, Tampa.

    8 x 9, 400 pp., 100 illus., cloth ISBN 0-262-13383-0
    Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Agents series
    A Bradford Book
    Jud Wolfskill 617.253.2079 phone
    Associate Publicist 617.253.1709 fax
    MIT Press wolfskil@mit.edu
    5 Cambridge Center http://mitpress.mit.edu
    Fourth Floor
    Cambridge, MA 02142

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