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Introduction to Robotics: Mechanics and Control, 4th edition

  • John J. Craig

Published by Pearson (February 23rd 2017) - Copyright © 2018

4th edition


For senior-year undergraduate and first-year graduate courses in robotics.


An intuitive introduction to robotic theory and application

Since its original publication in 1986, Craig’s Introduction to Robotics: Mechanics and Control has been the leading textbook for teaching robotics at the university level. Blending traditional mechanical engineering material with computer science and control theoretical concepts, the text covers a range of topics, including rigid-body transformations, forward and inverse positional kinematics, velocities and Jacobians of linkages, dynamics, linear and non-linear control, force control methodologies, mechanical design aspects, and robotic programming.


The 4th Edition features a balance of application and theory, introducing the science and engineering of mechanical manipulation--establishing and building on foundational understanding of mechanics, control theory, and computer science. With an emphasis on computational aspects of problems, the text aims to present material in a simple, intuitive way.


Table of contents

1. Introduction


2. Spatial Transformations


3. Forward Kinematics


4. Inverse Kinematics


5. Velocities, Static Forces, and Jacobians


6. Dynamics


7. Trajectory Planning


8. Mechanical Design of Robots


9. Linear Control


10. Non-Linear Control


11. Force Control


12. Programming Languages and Systems


13. Simulation and Off-Line Programming


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