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Robotics & Automation Magazine, IEEE

Issue 2 • Date Jun 2002

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  • The past, present, and future of supply-chain automation

    Page(s): 48 - 56
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    We trace 20th-Century developments in the area of supply-chain automation and discuss the history of automation from the viewpoints of material-flow, information-flow, supervision and control, and relationship automation and identify future directions. The main message is that it is important to make balanced investments in all four facets of automation: material-flow, information-flow, supervision and control, and relationship automation to maximize shareholder value. to maximize shareholder value. Just in time to enhance 21st-century industry, material-flow, information-flow, supervision and control, and relationship automation are reaching maturity View full abstract»

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  • Simulating hybrid dynamic systems

    Page(s): 39 - 47
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    This article presents the problem of inaccuracy involved in the conventional simulations, at fixed time steps, of event-based systems and then proposes the use of a new Simulink toolbox, known as the RT-events blockset, to significantly reduce the error between simulated and actual event-based systems. We present the conventional techniques used in the fixed step-size simulations of the basic integrator block with reset performed in between the iteration steps. Among the issues discussed is the adverse phenomenon known as reset walk. We also propose a new set of tools in the form of the RT-events blockset. The important blocks of the RT-events blockset are succinctly explained, and three numerical examples illustrating the effectiveness of the new simulation tools are given, including a closed-loop V-6 engine system View full abstract»

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  • The road to RoboCup 2050

    Page(s): 31 - 38
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    The ultimate goal of the RoboCup initiative is stated as follows: by mid-21st century, a team of fully autonomous humanoid robot soccer players shall win the soccer game, comply with the official rule of the FIFA, against the winner of the most recent World Cup. The authors consider this goal from the perspective of how close we are to it and what has to be done to reach it View full abstract»

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  • RoboCup 2001

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    RoboCup 2001, the fifth international RoboCup competition was held in the United States. This article discusses, in detail, each one of the events at RoboCup-2001 with a focus on leagues with real robots. As an overview of the complete RoboCup-2001, and as an introduction to this article, we provide a short description of the RoboCup-2001 events View full abstract»

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  • Picking up flexible pieces out of a bundle

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    The paper describes a robotic-arm gripper with soft-tipped fingers to perform human-like grasps of flexible material pieces out of an unordered bundle. The primary purpose is to achieve the stability and robustness of a human-like grasp with a simple and cost-effective gripper. The work has been stimulated by the handling problem present in the fur-tanning industry View full abstract»

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IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine is a unique technology publication which is peer-reviewed, readable and substantive.  The Magazine is a forum for articles which fall between the academic and theoretical orientation of scholarly journals and vendor sponsored trade publications.

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Editor-in-Chief
Eugenio Guglielmelli
Laboratory of Biomedical Robotics
      and Biomicrosystems
Universita' Campus Bio-Medico
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