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Volume . Robotic Systems and Autonomous Plaftorms

Published: 1st September 2018 Editors: Shawn Walsh Strano Michael

During the last century, there have been acute advances in a range of technologies that include computational hardware, speed, and algorithm development. This has enabled unprecedented and rapidly advancing capabilities of robotic systems and autonomous platforms, such as unmanned aerial and ground vehicles. New modelling, materials and processes have inspired new robotic and autonomous system design approaches and applications.

This one-stop reference resource showcases new materials and manufacturing methodologies for the enhancement of robotic and autonomous systems. Initial chapters explore how autonomous systems can enable new uses for materials, including innovations on different length scales, from nano to macro to large systems. The means by which autonomous systems can enable new uses for manufacturing are also addressed, highlighting innovations in 3D additive manufacturing, printing of materials, novel synthesis of multifunctional materials and robotic cooperation. Concluding themes deliver highly novel applications from the international academic, industrial, and government sectors – including identification of technology gaps, future trends, and potential for collaborative R&D. Robotic applications include capability enablers for delivery into difficult or dangerous environments, or for delivering humanitarian relief, assessing material health and structural integrity, and human protection and well-being.

The aim of the proposed book is to provide a complete review of the cutting-edge advances in materials and manufacturing methodologies that could enhance the capabilities of robotic and autonomous systems. Part 1 is a comprehensive introduction to the field of robotic systems and autonomous platforms. Part 2 discusses material enablers, addressing the new means by which materials can inform autonomous systems, and how autonomous systems can enable new uses for materials. This includes innovations on different length scales, from nano to macro to large systems. Part 3 focuses on manufacturing enablers and will focus on how autonomous systems can enable new uses for manufacturing. This includes innovations in 3D additive mfg., printing of materials, novel synthesis of multifunctional materials, "floating factories" (e.g., swarms of robots that cooperate to "build" structures) etc. The final part highlights highly novel applications from the international academic, industrial, and government sectors – including identification of technology gaps, future trends, and potential for collaborative R&D.

This book provides comprehensive coverage of cutting-edge research in robotic systems and autonomous platforms, and will be an essential read for researchers and engineers working in the fields of robotics, autonomous systems, and processing science and manufacturing technologies.

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