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New title for Communication and Information Engineering

Wireless sensor and robot networks : from topology control to communication aspects
By Nathalie Mitton, David Simplot-Ryl.
TJ211.W798, Lee Wee Nam Library

Wireless sensor networks have gained much attention these last years thanks to the great set of applications that accelerated the technological advances. Such networks have been widely investigated and many books and articles have been published about the new challenges they pose and how to address them. One of these challenges is node mobility: sensors could be moved unexpectedly if deployed in an uncontrolled environment or hold by moving object/animals. Beyond all this, a new dimension arises when this mobility is controlled, i.e. if these sensors are embedded in robots. These robots cohabit with sensors and cooperate together to perform a given task collectively by presenting hardware constraints: they still rely on batteries; they communicate through short radio links and have limited capacities.
In this book, we propose to review new challenges brought about by controlled mobility for different goals and how they are addressed in the literature in wireless sensor and Robot networks, ranging from deployment to communications. [As taken from Amazon]

New Title for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Lego Mindstorms NXT thinking robots : build a Rubik’s cube solver and a tic-tac-toe playing robot!
Editor:  Benedettelli, Daniele, 1984
Call number:  TJ211.B462
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It may look like one, but the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT set is not a toy.Whether you’ve been building with the original LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT set for years or you just picked up a 2.0 set, you’ll love this book.

LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Thinking Robots will show you how to build and program two robots that think. You’ll be awestruck when the TTT Tickler ties you at tic-tac-toe and amazed when the One-Armed Wonder solves a Rubik’s Cube® in just a few minutes.

These robots aren’t child’s play. The models are challenging, and you’ll have to do a bit of thinking yourself to get them to work. But once you get the hang of it, your efforts will be amply rewarded.

In addition to providing detailed instructions for building each model with either the original or the NXT 2.0 set, author Daniele Benedettelli takes you inside the robots to show you how they’re designed, what makes them think, and how to use them. You’ll learn how to:

Control and calibrate your robots for best performance.Dig into tic-tac-toe strategy to see how the TTT Tickler always plays to win.Use the CubeSolver program to solve a Rubik’s Cube with the One-Armed Wonder.Better understand artificial intelligence as it relates to robotics, problem solving, and gaming.And for you serious MINDSTORMS builders, all of the source code for programming the robots is available online. Not only will you get to see how the robots are programmed, but you can hack the code to make them act differently, too. You can find all of the source code at

So go ahead, put on your thinking cap and get building!

New title for Robotics

 robotics1 Title:  Robotics : state of the art and future challanges
Author:  Bekey, George A., 1928-
Call number:  TJ211.B424R
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This book presents the results of an assessment of the state of robotics in Japan, South Korea, Western Europe and Australia and a comparison of robotics R&D programs in these countries with those in the United States. The comparisons include areas like robotic vehicles, space robotics, service robots, humanoid robots, networked robots, and robots for biological and medical applications, and based on criteria such as quality, scope, funding and commercialization. This important study identifies a number of areas where the traditional lead of the United States is being overtaken by developments in other countries.[As taken from the book cover]