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IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine

Issue 4 • Date December 2009

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  • IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine - Front cover

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): c1
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  • Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 1
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  • An incredible experience [From the Editor's Desk]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 2
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  • Flying [President's Message]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):4 - 12
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  • Novel techniques to solve space-exploration problems [From the Guest Editors]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 13
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  • Welcome to new RAS Chapters [Fukuda to receive IEEE Robotics and Automation Award, Society News]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 14
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  • Agricultural robotics [TC Spotlight]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):16 - 16, 19
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  • STREAM: A workshop on the use of Robotics in K--12 STEM education [Education]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):17 - 19
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    The STREAM workshop held at iRobot in June 2009 introduced K-12 teachers to a number of robotics modules designed to capture the imagination of school students, small and big. The enthusiastic teaching and learning at this workshop demonstrates that it is never too early to introduce students in schools everywhere to robotics. View full abstract»

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  • A nominating reminder from the IEEE Fellow Committee

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 19
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  • Achievements in space robotics

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):20 - 28
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    Outer space is an ultimate field for the application of robotics technology. As outer space is a harsh environment with extreme temperatures, vacuum, radiation, gravity, and great distances, human access is very difficult and hazardous and is therefore limited. To assist human activities in space for constructing and maintaining space modules and structures, robotic manipulators have been playing ... View full abstract»

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  • On-orbit servicing

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):29 - 33
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    Space robots were the topic of this paper. While on earth, nobody would follow such advice; in space, there are few other options than to replace a malfunctioning spacecraft. There are no repair shops and gas stations in the Earth orbit. Because of the lack of so-called on-orbit servicing (OOS) opportunities, some malfunctioning spacecraft continue operational work with reduced or hardly any perfo... View full abstract»

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  • In situ robotic arm operations

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):34 - 43
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    This article compares and contrasts the operations of the robotic manipulators on the Mars Phoenix Lander and Mars Exploration Rovers (MERs), Spirit and Opportunity. Unlike the MERs, the Phoenix Mars Lander stays in one spot at a particular geographic location on the Martian surface with exploration emphasis on vertical mobility sampling. In this article the operations of Phoenix robotic arm (RA) ... View full abstract»

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  • Axel

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):44 - 52
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    Recent scientific findings suggest that some of the most interesting sites for future exploration of planetary surfaces lie in terrains that are currently inaccessible to conventional robotic rovers. To provide robust and flexible access to these terrains, we have been developing Axel, the robotic rover. Axel is a lightweight two-wheeled vehicle that can access steep terrains and negotiate relativ... View full abstract»

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  • 3-D perception and modeling

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):53 - 60
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    In the context of the 2008 Lunar Robotics Challenge (LRC) of the European Space Agency (ESA), the Jacobs Robotics team investigated three-dimensional (3-D) perception and modeling as an important basis of autonomy in unstructured domains. Concretely, the efficient modeling of the terrain via a 3D laser range finder (LRF) is addressed. The underlying fast extraction of planar surface patches can be... View full abstract»

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  • Predictable mobility

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):61 - 70
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    In this article, a statistical mobility prediction for planetary surface exploration rovers has been described. This method explicitly considers uncertainty of the terrain physical parameters via SRSM and employs models of both vehicle dynamics and wheel-terrain interaction mechanics. The simulation results of mobility prediction using three different techniques, SMC, LHSMC, and SRSM, confirms tha... View full abstract»

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  • Head injury criterion

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):71 - 74
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    In the design of robotic systems that safely interact with people, it is useful to have validated criteria for measuring injury risks. To this end, some researchers have advocated the use of metrics developed for assessing automotive safety, with the head injury criterion (HIC) receiving particular attention. The aims of this commentary are to clarify the proper use of the HIC, to briefly discuss ... View full abstract»

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  • Robot manipulators

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):75 - 83
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    Robot manipulators were the topic of this article. A large number of robot manipulators have been designed over the last half century, and several of these have become standard platforms for R&D efforts. The most widely used is the Unimate PUMA 560 series. Recently, there have been attempts to utilize standard platforms, as exemplified by the learning applied to ground robots (LAGRs) program o... View full abstract»

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  • Component-based robotic engineering (Part I) [Tutorial]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):84 - 96
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    This article is the first of a two-part series intended as an introduction to component-based software engineering (CBSE) in robotics. In this tutorial, we regard a component as a piece of software that implements robotic functionality (e.g., path planning). The focus of this article is on design principles and implementation guidelines that enable the development of reusable and maintainable soft... View full abstract»

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  • IEEE CASE 2010 - Call for papers

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 97
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  • Robot suit hybrid assistive limb [Industrial Activities]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):98 - 98, 102
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  • Industry/Research News

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 99
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  • Chapter of the Year Award [Regional]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 100
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  • Robotics: Modeling, Planning, and Control (Siciliano, B. et al; 2009) [On the Shelf]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 101
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  • Trajectory Planning for Automatic Machines and Robots (Biagiotti, L. et al; 2008) [On the shelf]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 101
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  • Calendar

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 102
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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