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41. A Mathematical Introduction to Robotic Manipulation
by Richard M. Murray, Zexiang Li, S. Shankar Sastry
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A Mathematical Introduction to Robotic Manipulation presents a mathematical formulation of the kinematics, dynamics, and control of robot manipulators. It uses an elegant set of mathematical tools that emphasizes the geometry of robot motion and allows a large class of robotic manipulation problems to be analyzed within a unified framework. The foundation of the book is a derivation of robot kinematics using the product of the exponentials formula. The authors explore the kinematics of open-chain manipulators and multifingered robot hands, present an analysis of the dynamics and control of robot systems, discuss the specification and control of internal forces and internal motions, and address the implications of the nonholonomic nature of rolling contact are addressed, as well. The wealth of information, numerous examples, and exercises make A Mathematical Introduction to Robotic Manipulation valuable as both a reference for robotics researchers and a text for students in advanced robotics courses. ... Read more

42. Creative Projects with LEGO Mindstorms
by Benjamin Erwin
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great for FIRST LEGO League Teams!
Last year I coached a FIRST LEGO League team of 4th and 5th graders we took 2nd place in California State, as well as the Rookie All Star award. I used a large variety of materials pulled from various sources, but I was really frustrated by the lack of a book that would be directly accessible to kids as well as adults. I discussed my frustrations on LUGNET and was *thrilled* to find out that Ben Erwin was in the final stages of just such a book. I used a pre-press version of the book with my team in the late stages of the competition and they all loved it and wished they'd had access to it earlier. When it finally got through the publication process, I snapped it up immediately!

All I can say is WOW! The pre-press was pretty nice, but the final book is absolutely *gorgeous*.

While there are lots of great mindstorms books out there (most notably Dave Baum's) this is the *only* one that covers ROBOLAB, the standard for RCX programming in educational scenarios as well as the standard LEGO-provided programming environment.

If you're an adult needing inspiration for your own robots, or if you have kids who like mindstorms, this book belongs in your collection!

5-0 out of 5 stars Projects that require the solution of complex problems
In the fall semester of 2003, I taught a special topics course in robotics at Mount Mercy College with two students. A Lego Mindstorms kit was purchased and in the first segment of the class, the students built a robot and programmed it to move around the halls. We then moved on and used a more advanced robot in the remainder of the class, because I did not consider the Lego kit to be sophisticated enough. From some of my professional communications, I learned that entire college classes are being taught using only Lego Mindstorms kits.
After reading this book and evaluating the projects, I am now completely convinced that Mindstorms kits are all you need to teach a robotics class. Some of the projects in the book are a giraffe that simulates feeding, a flashlight follower, a robot painter, robots that communicate with each other, a machine that makes bubbles in response to stimulation, an infrared fax machine and even a submarine. To get these projects to work, it is necessary to solve some of the standard problems in Artificial Intelligence (AI). For example, the giraffe and all other animals require that the standard problem of getting a robot to walk be solved. The flashlight follower requires that the robot be able to dynamically process sensor input, using it to make decisions. Standard problems in machine-to-machine communication must be solved when the actions of a robot are in response to what another has told it.
The robots can be programmed using visual basic, robolab or NQC (Not Quite C). Robolab is a visual development environment where many of the actions are coded by connecting icons. The visual basic and NQC languages have many differences from their true counterparts, basically, they are stripped down versions with altered syntax.
Legos are one of the most mind-expanding toys that children can use. Applying some of the concepts in this book, they can be used as learning tools for some of the most complicated tasks that we can try to do, making a machine do intelligent tasks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great stuff
This book is a great introduction to the world of LEGO Mindstorms robots. I've been working with the LEGO Mindstorms kits for about 6 months, and I've often been frustrated by the lack of detail in the manuals for the kits. This book provides quite a bit of the missing information. For instance, it explains that you lose your firmware if you take your batteries out of your RCX for more than a minute or two (I wish that I'd seen that in a manual somewhere!). It provides a broad overview of alternatives to programming in RCX code, together with examples from each alternative mentioned for comparison. These coding examples are discussed in the text and they are also included on the accompanying CD. In addition to the coding examples, the CD also includes videos and stills of the robots described in the book. The book includes descriptions of a broad range of robots, from the very simple Acrobot robot featured in the Constructopedia, to robots designed by school kids, to robots designed by parent-kid teams, to advanced robots using IR communication and data logging. In each case, Erwin provides the details of the development process, how the robot was first conceived, how it was developed, and how the design problems were identified and solved. This approach makes the book much more than a simple code cookbook- -it explains to parents, teachers, and older kids how robots actually come about. Scattered throughout the book are "Asides" that explain various topics such as LEGO geometry, how to calculate gear ratios, understanding compound gear trains, programming decisions, etc. The book includes appendices of useful information, a bibliography, an excellent glossary, and an index.

4-0 out of 5 stars Geared towards a younger audience
I've read both this book and Dave Baum's Definitive Guide and both are excellent. I enjoyed Baum's book more because it caters to an older audience: Baum seems to be writing to an older reader, there's an emphasis on the programming aspect of Mindstorms, and there are more semi-advanced projects.
Erwin's book is a thousand times better for children. The brilliant full-color pictures blow away Baum's black and white book. Erwin is a genuinely interesting author and obviously loves teaching.. Anyone who wants to teach a class with Mindstorms should take a look at the book, because it's full of great "this didn't work, but THIS did" anecdotes.
Ultimately, this never really goes above that level. Teachers and younger students should purchase this book, because it's a beautiful guide and will inspire quite a few youngsters. For the robotics engineers, programmers, and older geeks who wish that they'd had Mindstorms as a child, check out Baum's Definitive Guide - it's definitely more of what I was looking for.

5-0 out of 5 stars More than just a ¿do this¿ book!
The thing I like most about this book is the numerous "Asides" found throughout the book. The author takes the opportunity to explain scientific, engineering, mechanical, musical, etc. concepts and principals. The book includes not only how each of the 30 projects works, but he also discusses the trials and errors he made along the way. This background on how he solved different problems allows the reader to learn how to develop better machine, creations and robots of their own imagination. ... Read more

43. Programming and Customizing the OOPic Microcontroller : The Official OOPic Handbook (TAB Robotics)
by DennisClark
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2-0 out of 5 stars Writing is too casual
I've used the OOpic some and It's a great MCU. I have some reservations about the writing in this book however. The author constantly makes references that aren't explained, remarks on illustrations but doesn't make it clear on the photo what is being referred too, and generally talks about each subject, but doesn't necessarily always make a clear point.

It's a handy book for the reference, but all that material is free online, so the price of the book weighs heavily on the balance of the material which in this reader's mind, is vague in areas that need specifics, and specific in areas that are free to the public anyway.

I look forward to the second version though just the same. I feel guilty attacking the style of a clearly experienced engineer, but engineers in general know that they are a breed apart. The rest of us Laymen need more help. And if the second version enlists the eyes of a Layman, It will expose those areas that are "muddy" and make it a better book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Denis Clark
This book is very well written. Denis spent alot of time and thought on this book. As you read through every chapter you cant help but want to put the book down and GO program. Denis is also a very reachable ( through oopic chat ) and very nice guy. I have enjoyed this book and will keep it on my reference shelf for a very long time

5-0 out of 5 stars essential reference for the OOPic
Let me start by saying that I am the tech rep for the oopic micro controllers.
Many of the questions that I am asked can be answered with this book. It is written with the basic user in mind and is laid out so that you can find the answers to you questions quickly and easily. If you plan on doing any oopic microcontroller-programming then I would say that this book is required reading. It will be useful in the design, programming and hardware connection phase.

Tony Brenke
OOPic Technical Support
Savage Innovations

5-0 out of 5 stars Exelent Book!!
Anyone with an OOPic micro controller NEEDS this book! Crammed with essential information and code examples written in both VBasic & C, the easy to follow material more than covers the many questions one has after working with the OOPic web site alone. Finally shedding light on a once vague but rapidly growing topic. This book also has how-to information, references, and valuable tools to further help the user along.

5-0 out of 5 stars The essential reference for using the OOPic
This book is a very useful guide to building and programming with the Savage Innovations' OOPic family of microcontrollers. The book is well-written, comprehensive, and filled with graphics and tables. The writing style conveys the material in a straightforward and engaging manner that makes the subject easy to understand for both beginners and pro's.
The OOPic -Object-Oriented Programmable integrated circuit- is a revolutionary member of the microcontroller family with novel features and ease of use. However, until now documentation has been limited to a handful of web pages, making the OOPic one of the best-kept secrets in electronics. This book- Programming and Customizing the OOPic- changes that for the better.
Whether you are a robot hobbyist or professional engineer this book is an essential reference that will save you a lot of development time. ... Read more

44. Sliding Mode Control: Theory and Applications (Systems and Control Book Series, Vol 7)
by Christopher Edwards, Sarah K. Spurgeon
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45. Modern Control Theory (3rd Edition)
by William L. Brogan
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best modern control text
This book is adopted as a text for state space control courses in my school. The writing style is clear and it is easy to follow. Concept of controllability and observability are shown very nicely. This book provides quite solid theoretical background for state space control. For control implementation using microchip, "PowerPC Programming Pocket Book" was also very helpful.

5-0 out of 5 stars System theory presented in its best
We adopted this book in our graduate courseof linear systems and controls. i was the TA of that course. I have never seen such an elegent utilization of Vector Spaces and Matrix Theory to explain the system concepts and its controlled behaviour. It really is the engineering text which builds upon the mathematical concepts.Beauty of the book is the its implicit presentation of the concepts which challenges the intution of the reader.End chapter problems and solved exercises enhance the skills in student's quiver.i recommend that any student who wants to build a firm engineering basics should surely spend his thoughts on the material presented in the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best text book on Control Theory
It contains many illustrated problems and covers nearly every important topics of control theory. Highly readable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Textbook - Highly Recommended
I used this textbook for a graduate course in state space methods. This is the best textbook I have seen on the subject. Covers the necessary theory and then works out prenty of problems illustrating the ideas. I refer to it often in my other graduate classes. ... Read more

46. Feedback Control of Dynamic Systems
by Gene F. Franklin, J. David Powell, Abbas Emami-Naeini
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This introductory book provides an in-depth, comprehensive treatment of a collection of classical and state-space approaches to control system design—and ties the methods together so that a designer is able to pick the method that best fits the problem at hand. It includes case studies and comprehensive examples with close integration of MATLAB throughout the book.Chapter topics include an overview and brief history of feedback control, dynamic models, dynamic response, basic properties of feedback, the root-locus design method, the frequency-response design method, state-space design, digital control, and control-system design.A basic reference for control systems engineers. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars not a good book for beginners
ok, after being with this book for 5 weeks. NOW, I have to say something about this book. I am now doing my homework and I have to read this book to do it, but in those examples, I dont' see much steps, all I see are "sudden jumps". Cmon, give me a break.. show me the steps... I do not want to spend hours on finding out what the missing steps are. If you are a beginner and dont' know much about feedback, DO NOT buy this book or you will have a hard time. Also, the way this book interprets the problems is not easy to understand either.

1-0 out of 5 stars Yet another expensive text the world doesn't need
Almost every subject worthy of a textbook already has 1-3 classic titles all new students should read and use. For feedback and control systems, there's Ogata's Modern Control Engineering - and then there are second-rate, tree-killing (where are Ents when you want 'em?), mind-numbing, hair-tearing, expletive-inducing texts like this one. And no, swearing in French while trying to work through a problem doesn't make it more enjoyable either. First, this book is poorly written - long, tiresome, dry writing that lulls you to sleep. Second, there are errors strewn throughout, which because of the lackluster writing you'll initially miss (example, page 221, Ziegler-Nichols tuning, equation 4.52 and fig. 4.13 - mistakes in parameter names can drive you nuts until you read Ogata's clear and concise version). Third, the trivial example problems are little help in solving the harder problems, causing you to rapidly awaken from your reading stupor into frustration and mild terror as you discover the aforementioned errors. At that point, drop this book, reach for Ogata and/or the Schaum's Outline, and discover that introductory controls can make sense and even be elegant. As an aside, I did well in controls with no real EE background, but that's despite this book - praise be unto Ogata. Professors, please ignore the pretty cover and skip this expensive waste of paper, and use Ogata - your students will learn more effectively and may even continue further in the subject.

3-0 out of 5 stars Toomuch content too little explanation
The problem with this book is it has a lot of content, tries to explain just about everything there is in controls and does not care to explain out the details ... its pretty tough if are do-it-yourself kind... But many of the things in this book are not in other books (or are better explained in advanced control books). It literally took out my interst in Controls. Certainly not a book for beginners.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good
The book is very good for individual study because of its step-by-step approach. However, it is difficult to use for classroom instruction. By teh way, there is an excellent Solutions Manual available from the publisher, which I would recommend for instructors.It uses MATLAB extensively. ISBN 0-201-59937-6,Addsion Wesley 1994.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Concise Book
We used this book for our undergrad course.. Having read other Control books by authors such as Ogata, Franklin & Ben Kuo, I think this is quite a well written book.

This book covers quite a bit of more advanced control theory (such as state-space concept)... It might not be suitable for an introductory course on control. ... Read more

47. A Field Guide to Digital Color
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Maureen Stone's field guide to digital color presents a survey of digital color with special emphasis on those fields important for computer graphics. The book provides the foundation for understanding color and its applications, discusses color media and color management and the use of color in computer graphics, including color design and selection.

An annotated bibliography provides in-depth references for further study on each topic. The book provides a guide for anyone who wants to understand and apply digital color. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A thorough, professional quality resource
A Field Guide To Digital Color by computer expert Maureen C. Stone is a handy user manual to digital color on the computer, and applying digital color for maximum visual effect. From RGB and Brightness, to additive and subtractive color systems, to color image capture, reproduction, and appearance, A Field Guide To Digital Color is a thorough, professional quality resource (and includes an annotated bibliography for in-depth reference and future study) which is confidently recommended for novice and experienced digital artists seeking to master and manipulate this demanding medium. ... Read more

48. Optical Network Design and Implementation
by Vivek Alwayn
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A comprehensive guide to understanding and configuring multiservice DWDM, SONET, and SDH architectures

Optical Network Design and Implementation provides in-depth coverage of the following:

  • DS1/DS3/E1/E3 over SONET/SDH
  • IEEE 802.17 Resilient Packet Ring (RPR)
  • Fast/Gigabit Ethernet over SONET/SDH
  • VRF virtual private networks
  • Double-tagged 802.1Q VPNs
  • SAN transport, FICON, and Fibre Channel over SONET/SDH
  • DWDM infrastructures
  • Analysis of DWDM, SONET, and SDH architectures

Multiservice optical networking has multiple applications in service provider and enterprise environments. To help you make the most of these applications, Optical Network Design and Implementation provides a complete reference of technology solutions for next-generation optical networks. The book explains the differences among various MAN technologies, getting you up to speed on the solutions you need to use.

Optical Network Design and Implementation contains a broad range of technical details on multiservice optical networking and covers optical networking theory, design, and configuration by providing informative text, illustrations, and examples. It can be used as a reference for anyone designing, implementing, or supporting an optical network. Even if you're not using Cisco ONS equipment, this book can increase your awareness and understanding of optical technologies and provide you with detailed design concepts and rules for building highly scalable multiservice optical networks.

This book covers the entire spectrum of optical networking technologies from the physical layer to the network layer. If you are a network architect, network manager, or a consultant who designs, deploys, operates, or troubleshoots multiservice optical and DWDM networks, Optical Network Design and Implementation is your comprehensive guide to optical networking.

"This represents the first book that offers a comprehensive and technical guide to unique IP+Optical innovations with Cisco COMET."
-Jayshree V. Ullal, Senior Vice President, Optical Networking Group
Cisco Systems, Inc.

This book is part of the Networking Technology Series from Cisco Press, which offers networking professionals valuable information for constructing efficient networks, understanding new technologies, and building successful careers.


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5-0 out of 5 stars Best optical book out there for SDH and SONET. Period!
I had been struggling to find an Optical book that covered SDH in detail from a Cisco ONS perspective. Most books out there only focus on SONET. It is almost like SDH does not exist. This book covers both, SONET and SDH (in a detail you cannot imagine). It covers everything from TDM to Metro Ethernet, RPR and MPLS over SDH. Finally a solid SDH book! Thank you Mr. Alwayn and Cisco Press.

Adam Fowler
Senior Network Engineer
British Telecom

5-0 out of 5 stars Optical Network Design and Implementation
This book is probably the most comprehensive and in-depth source of information about optical networking that I have ever read. The book opens with an introduction to optical networking, discusses SONET/SDH architectures, and briefly presents all the concepts and technologies, which are covered in detailed later chapters.

The second chapter delves immediately into the details of Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) and analog signal processing. T-carrier and E-carrier hierarchies and their signaling and framing formats are examined, followed-up by a review of the ISDN BRI/PRI standard and ISDN frame formats.

The next section of the book looks at the physical characteristics of fiber optics including the materials used, physical construction of the cable, and behavioral and performance characteristics of different optical materials under differing conditions. For those interested in calculating their own measurements, refraction, power measurement, and span loss formulas are presented along with a few case studies as examples. Splicing techniques and optical connectors are also covered here. Wavelength-Division Multiplexing (WDM) (both coarse and dense) and various dispersion compensation techniques finish up this section.

Chapters 5 and 6 cover SONET and SDH architectures respectively. This is a fairly thorough examination of the two standards and includes a detailed look at the electrical and optical signals, SONET/SDH technology layers, framing, transmission overhead, multiplexing, error reporting, topologies and topology protection strategies, to name just a few! Packet ring technologies such as gigabyte Ethernet and Multi-service Provisioning Platform (MSPP) are also presented in this section for those applications where end-to-end Ethernet framing is desirable.

The Cisco product lines for SONET and SDH platforms are presented next, with a fairly in-depth look at the Cisco ONS 15454 which is positioned as Cisco's most versatile and widely used multi-service add/drop multiplexer (ADM). Configuration options for control, alarm, electrical, optical, and Ethernet modules are examined along with an introduction to Cisco's Transport Controller (CTC), a graphical application for provisioning and managing optical networks.

Chapters 9-11 provide detailed, over 300 pages worth, of explanations and examples for configuring the ONS 15454 for SONET MSSP, SDH MSPP, and Ethernet over SONET & SDH. Step by step directions for different configurations utilizing CTC, and accompanying screen shots, make for an easily understandable provisioning and configuration process.

Overall, this book serves as a welcome addition to any technical bookshelf. Whether a seasoned technical expert looking for a good reference book, or a beginner looking to learn about optical networking technologies, this book is well written for both audiences. This book earns a place as one of my personal favorites. For those looking to test their knowledge on the material covered in this book, chapter 12 provides a selection of insightful and challenging case studies. ... Read more

49. Digital Image Processing Algorithms and Applications
by IoannisPitas
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A unique collection of algorithms and lab experiments for practitioners and researchers of digital image processing technology

With the field of digital image processing rapidly expanding, there is a growing need for a book that would go beyond theory and techniques to address the underlying algorithms. Digital Image Processing Algorithms and Applications fills the gap in the field, providing scientists and engineers with a complete library of algorithms for digital image processing, coding, and analysis. Digital image transform algorithms, edge detection algorithms, and image segmentation algorithms are carefully gleaned from the literature for compatibility and a track record of acceptance in the scientific community.

The author guides readers through all facets of the technology, supplementing the discussion with detailed lab exercises in EIKONA, his own digital image processing software, as well as useful PDF transparencies. He covers in depth filtering and enhancement, transforms, compression, edge detection, region segmentation, and shape analysis, explaining at every step the relevant theory, algorithm structure, and its use for problem solving in various applications. The availability of the lab exercises and the source code (all algorithms are presented in C-code) over the Internet makes the book an invaluable self-study guide. It also lets interested readers develop digital image processing applications on ordinary desktop computers as well as on Unix machines.
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50. Robot Builder's Sourcebook : Over 2,500 Sources for Robot Parts
by GordonMcComb
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Catlog: Book (2002-08-15)
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* A much-needed clearinghouse for information on amateur and educational robotics, containing over 2,500 listings of robot suppliers, including mail order and local area businesses

* Contains resources for both common and hard-to-find parts and supplies

* Features dozens of "sidebars" to clarify essential robotics technologies

* Provides original articles on various robot-building topics ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Must Have Book
I agree that this book is a necessity for any robot builders and hobbyists.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have resource
Whether you're interested in robots, hobby electronics, or diy electronics, this is a great addition to your reference library. One of the best features is that McComb describes and explains the concepts for a lot of the category of parts that are in the book (for example, motors, gears, all sorts of sensors, materials, etc.) He also marks the vendors that he's used in the past, so it's easy to find a trustworthy vendor if you don't have time to look into all the vendors that he lists.
You will not be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a great reference book!
This book covers all aspects of technology for building robots, as well as any many other "inventions". I found this to be of exceptional value. The web site inventory is tremendous. If this book is updated every couple of years, I will be back for another. No doubt, this was a great investment in information. The cover is a bit cartoonish for such a great reference.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not Just for Robotics
This book is a fantastic source for just about any hobby you can think of. One source alone was worth the price of the book to me. McComb has researched tons of stuff and presented it all in a very usable and unbiased format. If you love to tinker with things, I cannot reccomend this book highly enough. Not only does it present you with lots of good sources, but it is also filled with great tips in many different areas.

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4-0 out of 5 stars A Robotic Combat Competitor's View
The Robot Builder's Sourcebook in many ways a must buy for those who are going to start off building their first Battlebot(TM). The skills to be resourceful and save money are very important in robotic combat, not to mention the ability to get those special custom parts to get your bot running. With Robot Builder's Sourcebook, you are provided with an Internet yellow pages of sorts to save valuable time wandering through links. Although unfortunately I have found that, due to the fast growing nature of the sport, not to mention the Internet, some valuable sites have inevitably been overlooked or outdated. But this is a small price to pay for its convenience in finding parts and great prices it provides.
The sourcebook also inserts several "mini-articles" that provides some basic information and tips that will certainly be useful to many types of robot builders. However I found that the articles and tips pages crowd the book and are impeding to the true purpose of its pages as a quick reference. This can be especially extraneous if you have specified interests concerning robotics, such as robotic combat. The articles can serve valuable purpose though and definitely are a must have for those who still need aid in implementing/buying the right parts for their robot. A choppy read, as expected, but well worth the money for its usefulness. ... Read more

51. The Treatment of Gait Problems in Cerebral Palsy (Clinics in Developmental Medicine (Mac Keith Press))
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James Gage and a range of experts who manage gait problems in cerebral palsy examine the way the brain controls locomotion and the types of brain pathology associated with cerebral palsy. Current treatment modalities and treatments of specific gait problems are covered in detail, including computerized gait analysis and methods of assessing the child and evaluating treatment outcomes. An attached CD-ROM displays pre- and post-treatment examples, illustrating the process of gait analysis. Clinicians, therapists and bioengineers will find this reference useful. ... Read more

52. Process Control Instrumentation Technology
by Curtis D. Johnson
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Catlog: Book (2002-08-15)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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This manual is designed to provide users with an understanding and appreciation of some of the theoretical concepts behind control system elements and operations, without the need of advanced math and theory. It also presents some of the practical details of how elements of a control system are designed and operated, such as would be gained from on-the-job experience. This middle ground of knowledge enables users to design the elements of a control system from a practical, working perspective, and comprehend how these elements affect overall system operation and tuning.The guidebook provides an introduction to process control, and covers analog and digital signal conditioning, thermal, mechanical and optical sensors, final control, discrete-state process control, controller principles, analog controllers, digital control and control loop characteristics.For those working in measurement and instrumentation and with PLCs. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Same material in 1988 edition!
For those of us looking for new up-to-date technical information in the process field we will have to go elsewhere. This book contains the same basic information as in the first edition. While it has some good material for learning beginning theoretical process control at the technical level it is a waste of money if you are interested in modern technology.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good book for beinners but take a look at your course req
This was one of the first books i read on process control.Whether or not you should buy the book would depend on what your course demands.

The beauty of the book lies in its lucidity which shows the authors understanding of all the sensors and instruments...the book stresses on the principles of working of all the instruments. i understood every single transducer I learnt about in the book.Another plus point of the book is that it is self-sufficient, in that you dont have to take another book while reading this one.It starts off by discussing all that you need to know about OP-Amp circuits for process control and even digital electronics.

My course in Process Control demanded a very high degree of detail in most of the process control mechnanisms and transducers so i didnt find everything I needed in this book.But it covered my syllabus to the greatest extent of all the books and explained it in a beautiful manner. ... Read more

53. Systemc: From The Ground Up
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Catlog: Book (2004-05-31)
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
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54. Quantitative Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces
by ShunlinLiang
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Catlog: Book (2003-11-26)
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
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Processing the vast amounts of data on the Earth's land surface environment generated by NASA's and other international satellite programs is a significant challenge. Filling a gap between the theoretical, physically-based modelling and specific applications, this in-depth study presents practical quantitative algorithms for estimating various land surface variables from remotely sensed observations.
A concise review of the basic principles of optical remote sensing as well as practical algorithms for estimating land surface variables quantitatively from remotely sensed observations.
Emphasizes both the basic principles of optical remote sensing and practical algorithms for estimating land surface variables quantitatively from remotely sensed observations
Presents the current physical understanding of remote sensing as a system with a focus on radiative transfer modelling of the atmosphere, canopy, soil and snow
Gathers the state of the art quantitative algorithms for sensor calibration, atmospheric and topographic correction, estimation of a variety of biophysical and geoph ysical variables, and four-dimensional data assimilation
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55. Microcontroller Technology: The 68HC11 (4th Edition)
by Peter Spasov
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Catlog: Book (2001-03-20)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Average Customer Review: 3.17 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars wow... I paid for this.
I am disturbed that my university forces this on students when even the staff discusses its many and varied faults. This book is much better as a door stop.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very helpful for beginners
I find the book very helpful because:
1. It introduces the topics in a lucid way through examples.
2. It has lots of practice problems with solutions.
3. It teaches one how to delve into the Motorola data book. Some important pages of the data book have been reproduced in the appendix of this book, and there are practice problems that tell you how to use those pages to find relevant info.

There are unfortunately a few not-too-good points:
1. Typos. Yes, there are quite a few of them. BUT, the author's webpage has an errata list for both the 2nd as well as the 3rd edition.
2. Some of the listings are incomplete, eg one listing uses the line


yet nowhere in or around the listing it is mentioned what value TCTL2 really stands for, and what is currently stored in X. The lines


are omited from the listing without any mention! All these left out things are summed up in an appendix, but you will notice that only when you get familiar with the book. The symbols like
REGBAS or TCTL2 that are defined in one chapter and used in more than one chapters , are not clearly cross-referenced. They do not even appear in the index! But once you get used to the book, it is only a minor flaw.

Finally, if you are a beginner then you should better make sure that you have an assembler that understands the assembly language used in the book. It would have been wonderful if the book provided its own assembler and debugger, but it doesn't. Getting the first assembly program to run is not always easy. I personally used the software that came with another book:
Embedded microcomputer systems by Valvano. Spasov's book and Valvano's software make a wonderful team to assist a beginning student.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good 68hc11 Book
This is by far one of the best books ever written for the 68hc11. I don't know what the others are talking about. Have you ever tryed to read Motorola's (Pink Book ) data book and reference book? They are pretty confusioning, not enough detail. In my option the author does an excellent job of presenting the 6811 with enough examples. The 6811 is the best 8 bit processor invented. This book is a must buy for quick reference.

1-0 out of 5 stars Get the Data Book
I found this book to be very long and drawn out. It is very hard to follow and easily confuses the reader. I have found the Motorola 68HC11 Data and Technical books to be a much better resource for information. They are much easier to follow and understand. Save your money for another book, this one is overpriced.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to Microcontrollers and the 68HC11
This book is a well written and a well organized intorduction to microcontrollers and contains a very extensive coverage of the Motorola 68HC11 in particular. As an engineer who has worked with microprocessors since the first one (the Intel 4004), I find this book to be a good mix of basic material and more detailed info for someone wanting to use the 68HC11. Anyone of average intelligence and a basic background in computers and math should have no problem understanding it. There are a few typos (as in most complex books of this type) but they are rather easy to resolve from the context in most cases. For example in one of the early chapters, he is talking about a code example that does a 16-bit addition and refers to the LDD instruction instead of the ADD instruction as the one doing the addition. These are minor compared to the extensive and detailed coverage given of this popular microcontroller. Many useful charts are also included that make the book a great reference source when writing programs. The only omission that bothered me was no mention of the Microchip PIC family of microcontrollers in the chapter describing other popular families. The PIC is a big competitor of the 68HC11. They are both very capable and widely used. Overall, I think you would be hard pressed to find a better book with such extensive coverage of the 68HC11 as well as a lot of hardware interfacing details and application examples. This 2nd edition has made a lot of improvements of the previous edition and is well worth the investment. ... Read more

56. Building Robot Drive Trains (Robot DNA Series)
by DennisClark, MichaelOwings
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Asin: 0071408509
Catlog: Book (2002-09-11)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars More than everything you need to know
Building a robot from the ground up means that the drive train is first. This book provides everything that you need to know but is also inspiring and fun to read. I built most of the circuits in the book and all worked the first time and exhibited the discussed operation. I also built my first Robot drive train and ran into many of the issues that the authors anticipated and for which they provided excellent solutions. I read the book from front to back and it inspired me to build a robot, then as I was building it, from the ground up, I continued to find helpful information using the book as a reference. If you are even thinking about building robots start by reading this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Brings robotics construction within reach of every hobbyist
This book proves you don't have to own a machine shop or have lots of experience to build a robot. It shows simple and inexpensive techniques that almost anyone can use. The tough part of building a robot is working out the details. How do you attach a wheel to a motor shaft? Which drive type works best? The book gives the answers in an easy to understand, unintimidating style. The author explains terminology and keeps things simple. If you want to build a robot, but don't know where to begin, this is the book for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very well thought out approach to robotic mobile platforms
If you're into robotics you have probably read the great general texts on the subject. Mobile Robots, Robot Builder's Bonanza, and others. There are enough books out there that cover the topic in general. It seems that the time has come for more specific texts. Building Robot Drivetrains takes on this task with aplomb and unmasked enthusiasm.

The authors have clearly taken great care not only in selecting the approaches to solving the problems of drivetrains, but they took just as much care in planning their delivery. The text flows nicely, with a touch of humor to bring the topic back down to Earth, where humans live and make mistakes, and sometimes need an "obvious" term or concept explained. It is full of tabular data and quick "rules of thumb" for getting on with a design. The authors also took care to present solutions that anyone can implement with just standard tools like a drill, vise and hacksaw wherever possible.

If you want to build your own mobile robot platform, this is a great book to have both for research and general reference.

5-0 out of 5 stars A robot book that delivers just what its title promises
Constructing mobile robots crosses so many different skills, knowledge sets, and disciplines, a book focused on just "Building Robot Drive Trains" makes good sense. Clark and Owings have done just that. They've made an excellent reference for someone focusing on the mechanical drive section of their robot. Many of the tricks and techniques developed among robot makers are cataloged here. The book can save you many hours or trying this or that, when a better solution is already known. For instance, I never knew what a spider coupling was called or how it worked before seeing a picture of one taken apart in the book. Yet this is just one of the many types of couplings described in the book. The authors did cover some electronics, for instance H-bridges and motor drive chips circuits, and some programming concerning motor control and PID loops. However, the book delivers on its promise, and broadly covers drive trains from motors to gears, and even to legs and their gaits. The book is wonderfully illustrated throughout with an average of one or two tables, photos, drawings or figures per page. The result is a very visual book, easy to scan, easy to read, easy to return to as a reference. ... Read more

57. LEGO Mindstorms Mechatronics : Using Systems and Controls to Build Sophisticed Robots
by DonWilcher, Don Wilcher
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Catlog: Book (2003-09-26)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics
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58. Robot Building for Dummies
by RogerArrick, NancyStevenson
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Asin: 0764540696
Catlog: Book (2003-09-29)
Publisher: For Dummies
Sales Rank: 37679
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Discover what robots can do and how they work

Find out how to build your own robot and program it to perform tasks

Ready to enter the robot world? This book is your passport! It walks you through building your very own little metal assistant from a kit, dressing it up, giving it a brain, programming it to do things, even making it talk. Along the way, you’ll gather some tidbits about robot history, enthusiasts’ groups, and more.

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun
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1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money on the book or the required $318 kit
I have been into the hobby of robotics for many years now and have to say that "THIS BOOK IS USELESS TO ANYONE HOPING TO BEGIN OR IMPROVE THEIR ROBOTICS SKILL SET". I was given this book as a gift for my birthday and have to admit it was a wasted gift. The first half (3rd actually) of the book is based on pure beginner how to and info, fine. Through out the basic discussion of gear ratios , batteries and electronics are references to the Arobot kit and how it is mentioned later. In the second half (3rd actually) of the book, where Roger starts the high level discussion on robotics, all you do is construct the $235 - $318 robot kit that he sells on his web page. The most helpful information in the whole book came from the list of 10's section (the last 3rd) found in all dummies books. If it weren't a gift I would have gotten my money back.

5-0 out of 5 stars Robots, Electronics and much more
This book is a grrrreat introduction to electronics and robotics.
If you have a young son or daughter and would like to share a wonderful learning experience with him or her , get this book along with the ARobot!
There's a lot to learn here : basic hands-on techniques such as soldering, theory and application of electronic components, and the wonderful world of microcontrollers : how to program them, how to use them to control a Robot's movement and how to implement interfaces with the outside world through different kinds of sensors.
Your kid will definitely thank you !

5-0 out of 5 stars Great gift for those on your list who love to build robots!
Since a kid I've loved this type of stuff...Erector sets and all. I was intrigued by the ideal of building a robot but had no idea it could be so easy to build one ( and that the robot could actually DO STUFF!). Thank goodness for this Dummies book, or I would have been too intimidated to give it a try. I'm thing of giving a couple copies of this book to some buddies as gifts too because I had so much fun using it. ... Read more

59. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (3-Volume Set)
by David D. Stark, William G. Bradley
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Catlog: Book (1999-01-15)
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2-0 out of 5 stars Only for reference
I bought this book to learn MRI, but the work is more of an encylopedia than a readable textbook. It contains too much useless information, while the important material is not particularly well written, presented, or organized; for example, the first 300 pages of physics is too often impenetrable and consistently overly theoretical, esp. the parts written by PhD's as opposed to MD's. The chapters are inconsistent in quality, varying from poor to very good. Although the book was supposedly printed in 1999, most of the references are 7-8 years old, the most recent being around 1995; this book is hardly state-of-the-art in its field. It is hard to believe that a book this expensive and in its 3rd edition could have so many typographical errors; did anyone proofread this book? The print is very small, the smallest I've ever seen in a top-of-the-line radiology reference work. On the plus side, it is well illustrated and an outline precedes each chapter.


60. Continous and Discrete Control Systems with CD-ROM
by John F. Dorsey
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Catlog: Book (2001-08-13)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
Sales Rank: 418925
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Continuous and Discrete Control Systems: Modeling, Identification, Design and Implementation, is an exciting new textbook from John Dorsey of the Georgia Institute of Technology. The book takes the reader through the entire design process and includes three case studies of actual systems that emphasize the experimental aspects of control design. Design is introduced early in the book via root locus analysis. A broad range of topics is covered including an introduction to modern robust control and state space analysis.

The book is intended for a variety of 1-semester controls courses. The author has tried to bring the reader as close to a real laboratory experience as possible by walking the reader through each step of the design process: modeling, identification, design and especially implementation. ... Read more

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