Vision and Action: The Control of Grasping

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Article publication date: 1 June 2000




(2000), "Vision and Action: The Control of Grasping", Industrial Robot, Vol. 27 No. 3.



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Vision and Action: The Control of Grasping

Vision and Action: The Control of Grasping

The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Series in Artificial IntelligenceM.A. Goodale (Editor)Ablex Publishing Corporation1990367 pp.ISBN 0-89391-554-8£19.95 (Hardcover)

Keywords: Artificial intelligence

This volume comprises the material presented at a meeting held at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, which addresses how visual representations of an object are transformed into useful motor commands for grasping that object. The work represents some of the innovative, empirical and theoretical approaches to understanding visually guided grasping in both human and robotic systems.

"Vision and action: the control of grasping" is suitable for neuro-scientists, psychologists and those involved with robotics and artificial intelligence. The 17 chapters progress from evolutionary, development and neurophysiological issues in visually guided prehension, to the problem of designing robotic systems for grasping objects. Some of the later, more technical chapters, might be too involved for most neuroscientists and psychologists.

Topics covered in the book include: "Grasping in modern primates: the evolutionary context", "Early development of grasping an object in space-time", "Brain asymmetries in the control of reaching", "Cortical motor control of arm and hand movements", "Grasping in human and robot hands", "Techniques for combining tactile and visual perception for robotics" and "On locating objects and recovering their motion: a predictive method for computational prehension".

Overall, this is a well written book which coherently combines a selection of papers which address the control of grasping.

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