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Robot Ecology Constraint-Based Design for Long-Duration Autonomy

By: Magnus Egerstedt(Author)
360 pages, 101 b/w illustrations, 2 tables
Robot Ecology
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  • Robot Ecology ISBN: 9780691211688 Hardback Feb 2022 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 6 days
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Robots are increasingly leaving the confines of laboratories, warehouses, and manufacturing facilities, venturing into agriculture and other settings where they must operate in uncertain conditions over long timescales. This multidisciplinary book draws on the principles of ecology to show how robots can take full advantage of the environments they inhabit, including as sources of energy.

Magnus Egerstedt introduces a revolutionary new design paradigm – robot ecology – that makes it possible to achieve long-duration autonomy while avoiding catastrophic failures. Central to ecology is the idea that the richness of an organism's behavior is a function of the environmental constraints imposed by its habitat. Moving beyond traditional strategies that focus on optimal policies for making robots achieve targeted tasks, Egerstedt explores how to use survivability constraints to produce both effective and provably safe robot behaviors. He blends discussions of ecological principles with the development of control barrier functions as a formal approach to constraint-based control design, and provides an in-depth look at the design of the SlothBot, a slow and energy-efficient robot used for environmental monitoring and conservation.

Visionary in scope, Robot Ecology presents a comprehensive and unified methodology for designing robots that can function over long durations in diverse natural environments.

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Magnus Egerstedt is the Stacey Nicholas Dean of Engineering in the Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. He is the coauthor of Graph Theoretic Methods in Multiagent Networks and Control Theoretic Splines: Optimal Control, Statistics, and Path Planning (both Princeton).

By: Magnus Egerstedt(Author)
360 pages, 101 b/w illustrations, 2 tables
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"I love this book and its novel and inspiring concept of robot ecology! It captures what both life and robot autonomy are all about, which is working towards our goals while ensuring survival. The book provides the framework to design robots that are well fitted to their environment and beautifully explains it with both mathematical rigor and intuition."
– Kristin Ytterstad Pettersen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

"Grounded in decades of scholarship by the author, this book ties the notion of constraint-based optimization to concepts from ecology and biology to explore how we might design robotic systems for long-term autonomy in their environment."
– Nikolaus Correll, University of Colorado Boulder

"A significant contribution. This enjoyable book presents a philosophy of 'robot ecology' that is original and holistic in its approach. Egerstedt inspires us to think differently about robot deployment."
– Heiko Hamann, University of Lübeck

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