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Department of
Mechanical and
Automation Engineering


UGB230N

Robots in Action











Term 1, 2009



20
10


Reading Assignment #2

Synopsis

due 7 October, 2009


PART 1

Text
:



1.

Flesh and Machines: How Robots Will Change Us, Rodney Brooks, Vintage, Februa
ry
2003.

2.

The Robot: The Life Story of a Technology, Lisa Nocks, Greenwood Press, February
2007.


Reading Assignment
:


1.

Read
Chapter 2 of Text 1.

2.

After reading Chapter 2 of Text 1, you may select one of the following three topic
s

for a
further reading study
:

a.

Robot a
ncestors
, Chapter 1 in Text 2

b.

Automata to automation
, Chapter 2 in Text 2

c.

Factory robots, Chapter 3 in Text 2

3.

Focus your read
ing to understand the following questions.
Write a synopsis of your
readings related to the following questions. Your syno
psis should not exceed 2 A4 pages.

i.

What are the main reasons for the humans to create and invent these robots (that
you have read)?

ii.

Have these robots fulfilled the goals set by their human creators?

iii.

Based on the historical development, can we classify to
day’s cloth washing
machine (
as
in your household)
as a robot?

iv.

In your opinion, what are the basic requirements for a man
-
made machine (or
man
-
made creature) to be classified as a robot?



PART 2


Text:



IEEE Spectrum Online Tech Insiders Webinar: Topic:

Sense, Think, Act for Unmanned Robotic
Systems


Reading Assignment:


This is an excellent webinar to learn robotic systems. You may study the script (PPT) directly,
which is
posted on the webpage of lecture notes
, without webinar presentation.


You may i
nstead access the webinar presentation (Duration: 1 hour).
Please click on the link
below to attend the webinar:
http
://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/prereg/register.jsp?eventid=147102&sessionid=1&key
=F0C7D95F986C98257762DA4E4E23830D


You may use
my email
yuwang@mae.cuhk.edu.hk

and password ieeewebinar to login.
Alternati
vely, you can make your own registration to login.