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Guest Editorial: Personal Robotics



Autonomous Robots 10, 131­134, 2001 c 2001 Kluwer Academic Publishers. Manufactured in The Netherlands. Welcome to the special issue of the Autonomous Robots journal on the emerging area of Personal Robotics. What is "personal robotics"? The concept is evolving, but there is a picture emerging which is more than the "home robot" that does dishes and mows the lawn. A personal robot may or may not be highly autonomous and intelligent (e.g., it may be a tele-robot with little or no autonomy). It may or may not be highly dexterous or anthropomorphic. A "personal" robot serves some function for a human being, and adapts to their actions and needs. The main criterion is that it fulfills its role well. Because that role involves interaction with a person, new concepts from human-computer interaction (HCI) and user-centered design are important for the design of personal robots. The papers in this collection span very intelligent robots that can interact with people at high level, to tele-robots that augment or extend human senses, to medical robots that assist injured or physically-challenged people. A robotics researcher will find some familiar concepts in these chapters, like motion planning and supervisory control, but with a



Autonomous RobotsSpringer Journals

Published: Mar 1, 2001

DOI: 10.1023/A:1008925702364

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