While the word “robot” may first bring to mind images of talking androids from science fiction, a robot is an autonomous or guided machine, capable of doing a task on its own. General robotics, organizations, and journals can provide an overview of the fields of robotics. When it’s time to gain more in-depth knowledge, a visit to a robot competition, the site of a university program’s robotics group, or the website of a robotics company can offer a better idea of the capabilities of these amazing machines. The online resources for robot architecture provide a deeper understanding of the hardware and software involved in the building of a robot. Today, robot technology continues to evolve and the technology is used in everything from artists’ studios to surgical theaters.
General Robotics Resources
History of Robotics: A concise timeline of the evolution of robotics, starting with a mechanical bird built in 350 BC.
The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society: The society is interested in the theoretical and applied issues in designing and implementing robotics.
Periodicals, Journals, and Publications
Journal of Robotics: An open access journal that contains peer-reviewed, original articles and review articles.
Brown University - Providence, RI: Concentrating on the study of robotics and autonomous systems.
University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA: A Masters program through their school of engineering and applied science.