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Learn AI and Human Robot Interaction


Learn about artificial intelligence and human-robot interaction by reading nine famous short stories, each accompanied by an explanation of the real science at the level of a TED talk. Artificial intelligence for robots may be the most transformative technology of the future digital revolution. But AI isn’t just about the algorithms on the inside of the robot, it is also about how those algorithms will impact the way humans will work with robots. Learn AI and Human-Robot Interaction from Asimov’s I, Robot Stories provides a fun introduction to human-robot interaction for everyman, bridging advanced high school students to managers to fans of Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson to students and teachers looking for a supplemental textbook for formal courses in artificial intelligence and robotics.

Author: Dr. Robin R. Murphy

Robotics through science fiction

Six classic science fiction stories serve as a fun, non-technical introduction to robotics for anyone who is interested in AI. Each story illustrates a key principle of how real robots are currently programmed.

Publisher: The MIT Press

Author: Dr. Robin R. Murphy

"The heart of science fiction beats behind every scientific advance, and Robotics Through Science Fiction expertly harnesses the thrilling concepts behind classic sci-fi stories to slingshot the reader through areas of fascinating real-world research. It's a wonderful, awe-inspiring combination of fact and fiction."

Daniel H. Wilson, New York Times Bestselling author of Robopocalypse

Introduction to AI Robotics (second edition)


A comprehensive survey of artificial intelligence algorithms and programming organization for robot systems, combining theoretical rigor and practical applications. This textbook offers a comprehensive survey of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms and programming organization for robot systems. Readers who master the topics covered will be able to design and evaluate an artificially intelligent robot for applications involving sensing, acting, planning, and learning. A background in AI is not required; the book introduces key AI topics from all AI subdisciplines throughout the book and explains how they contribute to autonomous capabilities.

A comprehensive survey of artificial intelligence algorithms, programming organization, autonomy, and human-robot interaction for intelligent robot systems, combining theoretical rigor and practical applications at the level of a college senior in engineering. No background in AI is needed. The second edition is a major revision covering the exciting developments of the past 15 years.

Part 1: Framework for Thinking About AI and Robotics 

1 What Are Intelligent Robots?

2 A Brief History of AI Robotics

3 Automation and Autonomy

4 Software Organization of Autonomy 

5 Telesystems


Part 2: Reactive Functionality

6 Behaviors 

7 Perception and Behaviors 

8 Behavioral Coordination 

9 Locomotion

10 Sensors and Sensing 

11 Range Sensing 


Part 3: Deliberative Functionality

12 Deliberation 

13 Navigation 

14 Metric Path Planning and Motion Planning

15 Localization, Mapping, and Exploration

16 Learning 

Part 4:  Interactive Functionality 

17 Multi-Robot Systems

18 Human-Robot Interaction

Part 5: Design and the Ethics of Building Intelligent Robots 

19 Designing and Evaluating Autonomous Systems

20 Ethics 

Publisher: The MIT Press

Author: Dr. Robin R. Murphy

Disaster Robotics


A comprehensive, authoritative, and accessible reference for disaster robotics that covers theory, specific deployments, and ground, air, and marine modalities.

This book offers the definitive guide to the theory and practice of disaster robotics. It can serve as an introduction for researchers and technologists, a reference for emergency managers, and a textbook in field robotics. Written by a pioneering researcher in the field who has herself participated in fifteen deployments of robots in disaster response and recovery, the book covers theory and practice, the history of the field, and specific missions.

Publisher: The MIT Press

Author: Dr. Robin R. Murphy

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