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An Introduction to AI Robotics (Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Agents) 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0262133830
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About the Author

Robin R. Murphy is Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University.

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Product Details

  • Series: Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Agents series
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: A Bradford Book; 1st edition (November 13, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262133830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262133838
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,225,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is an unedited nightmare.
Dr. Choset's glowing review(s) might be taken with a grain of salt, given that he serves as "Director of Research Outreach" beneath the author at CRASAR.
While the language is suitable for a novice, it is plagued by errors both grammatical and technical. While the former (at roughly one per page) are merely distracting, the latter often incorrectly change the sense entirely.
Code snippets masquerade as "C or C++", but aren't suitable even as pseudo code. Luckily, most are trivial enough that mistakes become obvious, but missing cases and lack of any error handling whatsoever mean that you're not going to be typing examples into an editor. In addition, many assume a machine state but don't show this initialization. This might be excusable had the code been lifted directly from source, but half the time backslashes are used to begin comments!
A few examples from a chapter on vision:
"Consumer digital cameras post an analog signal, but the update rate is too slow at this time for real-time reactive robot control."
"Most commercial devices in the U.S. use a NTSC (television) standard. Color is expressed as the sum of three measurements: red, green, and blue."
"red = image_red[row][col];
red = image_green[row][col];
red = image_blue[row][col];
display_color(red, green, blue);"
"His Cybermotion robot was one of the first to navigate in hallways using vision; in this case, a technique known as a Hough (pronounced "huff") transform. In the early 1990's, with slow hardware, the robot could go 8 to 9 meters per second."
Hint: The robot platform isn't capable of going 1/10 that speed.
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This book presents a well-thought out and structured introduction to an exciting field. The material is well pitched, well described and always placed in context.
Additional information, such as the history of various approaches, timelines, and end of chapter notes, add to the instructional material in the book and provided some insight into the world of the Roboticist.
Each concept was described in sufficient detail for someone who, like me, was looking for a reasonably detailed overview of the field before becoming more involved, and provided sufficient detail to motivate a reader to experiment on their own, and accomplish a great deal. Once, however, you decide that you wish to dig further, a more specialised book in a particular sub-field might be advisable.
The book also ends with a chapter on the future of the field, which was interesting as well as useful.
One annoying thing about the book was that, as a first edition, it contained many spelling and word omission errors. While none of these individually impacted my appreciation of the book, they did interrupt of the flow of some chapters.
Overall, though, an excellent and exciting text.
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I'm not sure what chip "A reader" had on his/her shoulder with the earlier review. I felt this book was exactly what I needed as I slowly work my way into robotics from more mainstream programming. With 10 years of web app development experience, I'm an experienced programmer but know little about architecting software for autonomous robots. This book takes you through different architectural approaches that have been used throughout the past 50 years including relatively current recommendations for hybrid deliberative/reactive solutions along with multi-agent design considerations. This book provides almost the same depth with respect to robotics as Russell/Novig's "Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach" does for AI in general. Furthermore, Murphy's writing style is easy to follow and enjoyable to read. Although this is only my first robotics-specific book, I believe I chose the perfect place to start; it provides a great spring board for seeking out more in-depth, implementation-focused works.
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good book. Informative for someone getting started in robotics. Explains different basic programming techniques for robot behavior. I had it as a textbook in my robotics class
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By A Customer on February 8, 2004
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I bought this book in hopes to learn something about AI Robotics (as the title misleads you to believe). I found only mistakes. One after another. It is clear that this woman does not know much about robotics, and was just in a hurry to get a book published. STAY AWAY from this one.
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Robin Murphy's book is a one-stop shopping source for AI and Motion planning in mobile robotics. She provides a breadth of topics and puts them in an organized historical context. I plan on using this book as a supplement for my undergraduate course on robotics, as well as my graduate course on motion planning. This book has also inspired me to write a conference on the relationships between architectures and behavior-based methods. The book also contains examples of many up-to-date robots. Barring popular media-style books, this book contains the most vast collection of robots and relates them to the academic principles outlined in the book. Finally, the text contains many useful examples. I like that Dr. Murphy straddles the hobbyist-collegiate border by allowing for earlier examples to be constructed from LEGO Mindstorms.
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