Open Questions: Robotics
See also: Artificial intelligence --
Self-organization and complex systems
Open Directory Project: Robotics
- Categorized and annotated links. A version of this
list is at
Google, with entries sorted in "page rank" order. May also be
AI, Cognitive Science, and Robotics
- Guide to resources such as conferences, publishers, FAQs,
bibliographies, and other guides and indexes.
- Categorized site directory. Entries usually include
Sites with general resources
New Scientist Special Report on Robots
- Primarily offers links to many news articles from the past
several years of New Scientist magazine. But there are
also other features, including facts and figures, external links,
frequently-asked questions, and a short bibliography.
Intelligent Sytems and Their Societies
- A free e-book by Walter Fritz dealing with intelligent systems,
artificial intelligence, and robotics. Main page has some useful
Humanoid Robotics Group
- Web site of this research group of the MIT AI Lab offers
information on group members, research, and publications.
Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute
- Home page of the Institute, with information about projects,
labs, publications, staff
- Moravec is Principle Research Scientist at the
Robotics Institute and has
written extensively on robotics. Site includes a number of his
papers and publications.
NASA Space Telerobotics Program
- Covers many aspects of robotics. Includes
external links, and highlights a
Cool Robot of the Week.
UC Berkeley Robotics and Intelligent Machines Laboratory
- Site contains descriptions of active research projects and
links to external sites, including
Robotics Related Sites of Interest.
Cornell Robotics and Vision Laboratory
- Site describes projects of the robotics research group and lists
Delft Biorobotics Laboratory
- The laboratory specializes in biologically inspired robotics,
for example biped robots capable of humanlike walking. Site
includes a good list of
- Brooks is Director of the
MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory,
and specializes in robotics, especially
His site includes a list of
Andy Ruina: The Biorobotics and Locomotion Lab
- Information about research laboratory at Cornell University, run by
Andy Ruina, dealing with robotic locomotion. Includes
Surveys, overviews, tutorials
- Article from
Robots, Re-Evolving Mind
- Paper by Hans Moravec giving a good overview of his ideas on the
direction of robotic intelligence. Similar papers:
Ripples and Puddles,
Rise of the Robots,
Simulation, Consciousness, Existence.
- Home page of a PhD student in robotics whose research focused
on robotic origami folding and related topics.
- May 2006 Scientific American article about Japanese
roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro, whose main interest is android
A New Robot Rolls, and a New Prize Is Set
- May 2006 Scientific American In Focus article, subtitled
"The quest to build autonomous vehicles for the battlefield
- January 2005 Scientific American article about the ideas
of Hans Moravec.
In the Waiting Room
- December 2000 Scientific American Technology and Business
article, subtitled "Robodocs may be here, but remote surgery
Enter Robots, Slowly
- September 1999 Scientific American Technology and Business
article, subtitled "Faster computing means some technological hurdles
Here's Looking At You
- January 1999 Scientific American Technology and Business
article, subtitled "A disarming robots starts to act up."
A Robot in Every Home
Scientific American, January 2007
- Toy Stories
The Sciences, September/October 2000, pp. 25-31
- Popular toys of recent years such as the "Furby" may
indicate the way to the successful development of useful robots.
The key is the provision of sensing mechanisms which allow the
robot to learn what it needs from the environment in order to
improve its own performance.
- Rise of the Robots
Scientific American, December 1999, pp. 124-135
- By 2050 computer speeds should reach about 100 trillion
instructions per second. This is, very roughly, the same
processing power as the human brain. While robots using such
computational power may not duplicate human abilities, what
they are capable of should be quite impressive.
- Rodney Brooks – Flesh and Machines: How Robots Will
Vintage Books, 2002
- Brooks has been the director of MIT's Artificial Intelligence
Laboratory, so he knows what he's talking about. He is known as
a proponent of the idea that progress in artificial intellegence
goes hand-in-hand with progress in robotics, and the latter in
turn depends on understanding the importance of robot
"embodiment". Brooks surveys the history of robotic research,
and then considers the future, and how humans and robots may
- Hans Moravec -- Robot: Mere Machine to Transcendent Mind
Oxford University Press, 1999
- The author is a leading researcher in robotics. The first third
of this book is a relatively sober account of the history of work
in robotics. A chapter follows that considers arguments pro and
con on whether computers will be able to "think". From the
conclusion that the answer to this question is "yes", speculation
and extrapolation on future developments proceeds apace.
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