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  • IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine - March 2009

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): c1
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  • Table of contents - vol 16 no 1

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 1
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  • Last but not least [From the Editor's Desk]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 2
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  • Building a bridge to the future [President's Message]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):4 - 8
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  • Software engineering for robotics [From the Guest Editors]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):9 - 15
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  • RAS 2009 [Society News]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):10 - 13
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  • Algorithms for planning and control of robot motions [TC Spotlight]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):14 - 15
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    Robot motion planning and control is an essential component in creating autonomous systems that are able to execute high-level tasks for navigating and manipulating objects in challenging environments. Motion planning has led to active research over the past decades. Most of the research focused on the computational issue of generating feasible paths that lead the robot to a desired goal, while ge... View full abstract»

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  • Robot Diaries: Creative technology fluency for middle school girls [Education]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):16 - 18
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    We face worrying trends: technology becomes more ubiquitous, yet engineering enrollments continue to fall, and women continue to be significantly underrepresented in these disciplines. Robotics has been an outstanding vehicle for helping draw young students to the magic of science and engineering, particularly with national programs such as FIRST, Botball, and BEST. Yet, these existing programs ar... View full abstract»

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  • The future of robotics [Student's Corner]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):19 - 22
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  • IEEE Transactions on Automation Science And Engineering - Call for Papers

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 23
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  • Design of service robots

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):24 - 33
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    This article relates our experiences over the last 15 years in the development of robotic applications within the field of service robotics, using the techniques proposed by software engineering. The process began with domain engineering and reference architectures, moved on to component-oriented development, and currently centered on model-driven design. One of the key problems in software develo... View full abstract»

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  • Service robot for the elderly

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):34 - 45
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    Our aim is to develop the service robot based on a systematic software engineering method, particularly for real-time, embedded and distributed systems with UML. To do so, we applied the COMET method, which is a UML-based method for the development of concurrent applications, specifically distributed and real-time applications. We describe our experience of applying the COMET/UML method to develop... View full abstract»

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  • The robotics experience

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):46 - 54
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    The classical engineering fields have evolved standards and techniques for developing complex systems. For example, both mechanical and electrical engineers have a wide variety of standard components, with defined capabilities, that they can draw upon (e.g., gears, transistors) in the design of complex systems. On the other hand, software engineering has struggled with the basic idea of reusabilit... View full abstract»

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  • Cognitive map architecture

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):55 - 66
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    We have developed the Cognitive Map robot architecture that minimizes the amount of rewriting of existing legacy software for integration. The Cognitive Map can be thought of as a centralized information space for connected components to contribute both internal and environmental state information. We leverage several successfully proven concepts such as blackboard architectures and publish- subsc... View full abstract»

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  • Designing autonomous robots

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):67 - 77
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    Autonomous robots are complex systems that require the interaction or cooperation of numerous heterogeneous software components. Nowadays, robots are getting closer to humans and as such are becoming critical systems that must meet safety properties including logical, temporal, and real-time constraints. View full abstract»

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  • Street smarts for boss

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):78 - 87
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    The Urban Challenge was an autonomous vehicle competition sponsored by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in November 2007. Contestant robots were required to autonomously execute a series of navigation missions through a simplified urban environment consisting of roads, intersections, and parking lots while obeying road rules and interacting safely and correctly with other... View full abstract»

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  • Snake-like robots [Tutorial]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):88 - 98
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    We have introduced the biomechanical research on snakes and developmental research on snake-like robots that we have been working on. We could not introduce everything we developed. There were also a smaller snake-like active endoscope; a large-sized snake-like inspection robot for nuclear reactor related facility, Koryu, 1 m in height, 3.5 m in length, and 350 kg in weight; and several other snak... View full abstract»

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  • Robotics in second life

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):99 - 102
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    Virtual worlds are quickly growing; both in interactivity and realism, users can experience through their avatars, and the number of actual users is continuously growing as well. Among the virtual worlds, Second Life (SL) is perhaps one of the most famous. This article presents a project whose aim is to use SL as a means to spread robotics culture as well as to investigate possible paradigms of so... View full abstract»

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  • Multirobot inspection of industrial machinery

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):103 - 112
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  • 1,001 robot architectures for 1,001 robots [Industrial Activities]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 113
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  • Industry/Research News

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):114 - 116
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  • Latin American Robotics Council [Regional]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):115 - 116
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  • Robotics: State of the Art and Future Challenges (G. Bekey, et al; 2008) [On the Shelf]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 116
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  • Call for IEEE RAS AdCom Nominations for 2009 Election

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 117
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  • Calendar (2009-2010)

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 118
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Aims & Scope

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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Meet Our Editors

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