At the dawn of the new millennium, robotics is undergoing a major transfor- tion in scope and dimension. From a largely dominant industrial focus, robotics is rapidly expanding into the challenges of unstructured environments. Inter- ting with, assisting, serving, and exploring with humans, the emerging robots will increasingly touch people and their lives. The goal of this new series of Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics is to bring,inatimelyfashion,thelatestadvancesanddevelopmentsinroboticsonthe basisoftheirsigni?canceandquality.Itisourhopethatthegreaterdissemination of research developments will stimulate more exchanges and collaborations among the research community and contribute to further advancement of this rapidly growing ?eld. As one of robotics pioneering symposia, ISRR, the "International Sym- sium on Robotics Research," has established over the past two decades some of the ?eld’s most fundamental and lasting contributions.With the launching of STAR, this and other thematic symposia devoted to excellence in robotics ?nd an important platform for closer links and extended reach within the research community. The Tenth edition of "Robotics Research" edited by Raymond Jarvis and AlexZelinskyoffersinits11-partvolumeacollectionofabroadrangeoftopics in robotics. The content of these contributions provides a wide coverage of the current state of robotics research: the advances and challenges in its theoretical foundation and technology basis, and the developments in its traditional and new areas of applications.
Table of ContentsSimultaneous Localization And Mapping.- Towards Robust Data Association and Feature Modeling for Concurrent Mapping and Localization.- A Real-time Algorithm for Acquiring Multi-Planar Volumetric Models with Mobile Robots.- Implementation of Simultaneous Navigation and Mapping in Large Outdoor Environments.- A Bayesian Algorithm for Simultaneous Localisation and Map Building.- Humanoid Robotics I.- ETL-Humanoid: A Research Vehicle for Open-Ended Action Imitation.- Low-level Autonomy of the Humanoid Robots H6 & H7.- OpenHRP: Open Architecture Humanoid Robotics Platform.- Building Spined Muscle-Tendon Humanoid.- Dynamics and Control.- Stride Period Adaptation for a Biomimetic Running Hexapod.- Adaptive Dynamic Walking of a Quadruped Robot on Irregular Terrain Using a Neural System Model.- Design and Applications of Parallel Robots.- Humanoid Robotics II.- Development of an Interactive Humanoid Robot “Robovie” An interdisciplinary approach.- The German Collaborative Research Centre on Humanoid Robots.- A New Generation of Compliance Controlled Manipulators with Human Arm Like Properties.- Human Centred Robotics.- Uniting Haptic Exploration and Display.- Human-Centered Robotics and Interactive Haptic Simulation.- Collaboration, Dialogue, Human-Robot Interaction.- Applications.- Vertebrate-type Perception and Gaze Control for Road Vehicles.- Towards a Realistic Medical Simulator using Virtual Environments and Haptic Interaction.- Spoken Language Interface of the Jijo-2 Office Robot.- Intelligent Home Appliances.- Field Robots.- Field Robots.- Vision-Based Navigation.- Vision-based Navigation, Environmental Representations and Imaging Geometries.- Mobile Robot Navigation As A Planar Visual Servoing Problem.- Landing Strategies in Honeybees, and Applications to UAVs.- Visual navigation in a plane using the conformal point.- Planning and Modeling.- A Single-Query Bi-Directional Probabilistic Roadmap Planner with Lazy Collision Checking.- Geometrical Interpretation of the CCT Stiffness Mapping for Serial Manipulators.- A Dynamic Model of Contact Between a Robot and an Environment with Unknown Dynamics.- Robot Technology I.- AURORA Minimalist Design for Tracked Locomotion.- Analysis of Robotic Locomotion Devices for the Gastrointestinal Tract.- Advanced Sonar Sensing.- Mechano-Media that Transmit Kinesthetic Knowledge from a Human to Other Humans.- Robot Technology II.- The Evolution of a Robot Soccer Team.- A New Class of Hybrid Motion Simulation Using a Very Fast Parallel Robot.- General Solution for Linearized Error Propagation in Vehicle Odometry.- Probabilistic Adaptive Agent Based System for Dynamic State Estimation using Multiple Visual Cues.