Autonomous Robots


Cynde Reid Gustafson wrote:
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Autonomous Robots

The primary goal of Autonomous Robots is to report on the theory and
applications of robotic systems capable of some degree of self-sufficiency.
Thus, the journal is aimed at the growing trend in robotics toward mobility,
intelligence and autonomy in an unstructured world. This trend has been made
possible by small, inexpensive, high-performance computers. The term `robot'
implies that the systems described here are capable of performing purposeful
behaviors in the real world. They obtain inputs from the world through
sensors and act upon the world through actuators. The connection between
sensing and actuation may be simple signal processing or it may involve
complex decision making, goal interpretation and other aspects of reasoning.
Most autonomous systems display some form of mobility: on land, under water,
in the air or in space. The mobility may make use of wheels, legs, fins,
rotors or other actuators. The focus is on the ability to move and be
self-sufficient, not on whether the system is an imitation of biology. Of
course, biological models for robotic systems are of major interest to the
journal since living systems are prototypes for autonomous behavior.

Autonomous robots must be able to perform in the world. Hence, publication
preference will be given to papers which include performance data on actual
robots in the real world. Papers which include only simulation results will
be considered for publication, but with a lower priority. Such papers should
also include a section entitled `The path to implementation', where the
transition from simulation to real world is discussed.

Subscribers have access to full-text articles.

Editor-in-Chief: George A. Bekey

Original posting date: 
Monday, October 29, 2001
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