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George Bekey has quietly been a moving force behind much of autonomous robotics research for the last 20 years. Now he has drawn upon his extensive store of knowledge to produce a startlingly complete account of the major questions, progress, and future directions for this increasingly economically important area of research. No one else could have produced such a tour de force with such authority.(Rodney Brooks, Director, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, MIT)
...an additional milestone in the history of synthetic studies, with a special focus on the recent attempts by robotics scientists...this book should be ideal for the students of robotics research, and the researchers in neighboring disciplines, including computer science, artificial life and intelligence, biology, psychology, and neuroscience.(Fumiya Iida Artificial Life)
Autonomous Robots is a comprehensive overview of the subject by one of the fathers of robotics. It covers both the underlying theory and methods, ranging from mechanical design over architectures, control, and perception to current applications. Remarkably complete in its coverage, the book is an excellent introduction to the field and also a solid reference on recent research.(Henrik I. Christensen, Centre for Autonomous Systems, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)