Biologically inspired intelligent robots

Title: Biologically inspired intelligent robots

Editors: Yoseph Bar-Cohen and Cynthia Breazeal

Publisher:  SPIE Press

Call number: TJ211 .B38 2003

From the Publisher:

Advances in biologically-inspired technologies, such as artificial intelligence and artificial muscles, are making the possibility of engineering robots that look and behave like humans a closer reality. The multidisciplinary issues involved in the development of these robots include materials, actuators, sensors, structures, functionality, control, intelligence, and autonomy. This book reviews various aspects ranging from the biological model to the vision for the future.

About the editors:

Dr. Yoseph Bar-Cohen is a Senior Research Scientist and Group Supervisor at JPL. He is also a Fellow of two technical societies, SPIE and ASNT. In his NDEAA lab, which he established in 1991, many novel methods and mechanisms were developed. He received his Ph. D. in Physics (1979) from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. He (co)authored over 320 publications, has 19-registered patents, he is the Editor and coauthor of 6 books, and he chaired (co)Chaired 38 Conferences and Symposia. He made two notable discoveries of ultrasonic wave phenomena in composite materials: the leaky Lamb waves (LLW) (1983) and the polar backscattering (1983). He is the initiator of the SPIE Conf. on electroactive polymers (EAP), chairing it since 1999, and his challenge wrestling match between an arm driven by EAP and human has become an annual highlight. In April 2003, Business Week named him as one of five technology gurus who are “Pushing Tech’s Boundaries.” His scientific and engineering accomplishments have earned him many honors and awards including the 2001 NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal, two SPIE’s Lifetime Achievement Awards including NDE (in 2001) and Smart Materials and Structures (in 2005), 2006 ASNT Sustained Excellence award, and the 2007 SPIE President’s Award.

Dr. Cynthia Breazeal is an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she founded and directs the Personal Robots Group at the Media Lab. She is a pioneer of social robotics and Human Robot Interaction. She has authored the book Designing Sociable Robots, has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in journals and conferences on the topics of autonomous robotics, artificial intelligence, human robot interaction, and robot learning. She serves on several editorial boards in the areas of autonomous robots, affective computing, entertainment technology and multi-agent systems. She is also a member of the advisory board for the Science Channel and an Overseer at the Museum of Science, Boston.

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