Remote Control Robotics

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Article publication date: 1 June 2000



(2000), "Remote Control Robotics", Industrial Robot, Vol. 27 No. 3.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2000, MCB UP Limited

Remote Control Robotics

Remote Control Robotics

C. SayersSpringer-Verlag1999224 pp.ISBN 0-387-98597-2£37.50 (Hardcover)

Keyword: Robotics

Remote Control Robotics is an informative and colourful book, based on the author's PhD dissertation, which is suitable for a wide range of readers. The book contains enough technical and mathematical information to ensure that those who are knowledgeable about robotics will find it useful and enough conceptual discussion to ensure that those who know nothing, or very little about robotics will also find it readable.

The aim of the book is to demonstrate how a human operator can remotely control a robot which can perform real-world intervention in unpredictable environments by using delayed, low-bandwidth communication links.

The book comprises 13 chapters, references and an appendix describing the implementation of the tele-programming system used for the subsea trials.

Chapters 1 and 2 introduce automation, subsea robots, single and two link robots, kinematics and input devices. Chapter 3, the historical perspective, addresses traditional bilateral teleoperation systems, while chapter 4 discusses how to remotely control cameras and machines.

The fifth chapter introduces tele-programming, its operation, fundamental trade-offs and caches. Chapters 6, 7 and 8 address "A natural operator interface", "Synthetic fixtures" and "Visual imagery", respectively.

Chapter 9, "Expecting the unexpected", discusses error detection and diagnosis, with chapter 10 addressing "Command generation and interpretation". The final three chapter include discussion on the results and observations of the laboratory and test-tank trials, bandwidth considerations, the learning experience, future interfaces and conclusions.

Overall, this is a highly readable, informative book .