ICRA 2016, The Cutting-Edge of Robotics and Automation

By: , Posted on: May 6, 2016


Two years ago, to be more precise on June 12th at the 2014 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony in São Paulo, Brazil, with hundreds of millions of people watching on TV, Juliano Pinto, a 29-year-old with complete paralysis of the lower trunk, wearing a robotic suit, walked onto the field and kicked the first ball of the tournament.

It was the first time an exoskeleton had been controlled by brain activity and offered feedback to the patient. Although this historic event didn’t have the attention it deserved, it made an impact in my life.

In the same year, in December I joined Elsevier, and I was fortunate to be placed in the Robotics portfolio. In my job, I often see the marvelous things robotics and automation can do for day-to-day life.

I was reminded of the opening ceremony again in 2015, when I saw first-hand an exoskeleton at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems. One of the visits during the conference was to an innovative medical device company that is designing, developing and commercializing exoskeletons allowing wheelchair-bound individuals to stand and walk once again.

I am excited that I can, in some way, contribute to this inspiring field through the books I publish that help to advance science and engineering in Robotics. In August 2016, Human Modelling for Bio-inspired Robotics by Jun Ueda & Yuichi Kurita will be published. The book presents a complete system-level investigation into the human mechanisms that inspire the development of assistive technologies and humanoid robotics, presenting cutting-edge research outcomes in the area of mechanical and control aspects of human functions for macro-scale (human size) applications.

I’m really excited about attending the International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Stockholm, to learn more about latest developments in the field, in particular the plenary that discusses controlling motor behavior, reviewing current knowledge concerning motor organization emphasizing both the modularity and distributed nature of neural computations and networks sub serving human action production and observation.

I look forward to seeing you at the Elsevier booth #31, where we will have a small selection of our latest books and award winning journals on display and will be available to discuss our publishing programme or answer any queries you might have!

My top picks from Elsevier’s publishing programme are:

embedded computing mechatronics 

Embedded Computing and Mechatronics with the PIC32 Microcontroller by Lynch & Marchuk & Elwin


Implementation of Robot Systems by Wilson


Advanced Theory of Constraint and Motion Analysis for Robot Mechanisms by Zhao & Feng & Chu & Ma


Introduction to Mobile Robot Control by Tzafestas


MSP430-based Robot Applications by Harres


Two-degree-of-freedom Control Systems by Kevickzy & Banyasz


Safe Robot Navigation Among Moving and Steady Obstacles by Savkin & Matveev & Hoy & Wang


Fuzzy Neural Networks for Real Time Control Applications by Kayacan & Khanesar


Modeling and Precision Control of Systems with Hysteresis by Liu & Yang

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