Part X Social Robots and Robot Competitions.- Part XI Perception for UAV.- Part XII Flexible Robots.- Part XIII Robust Techniques for Planning, Navigation and SLAM.- Part XIV Perception for Mobile Robots.- Part XV Field Robotics.- Part XVI Robot Networks and Telerobotics.- Part XVII Grasping and Dexterous Manipulation.
The interest in robotics has remarkably augmented over recent years. Novel solutions for complex and very diverse application fields (exploration/intervention in severe environments, assistive, social, personal services, emergency rescue operations, transportation, entertainment, unmanned aerial vehicles, medical, etc.), has been anticipated by means of a large progress in this area of robotics. Moreover, the amalgamation of original ideas and related innovations, the search for new potential applications and the use of state of the art supporting technologies permit to foresee an important step forward and a significant socio-economic impact of advanced robot technology in the forthcoming years. In response to the technical challenges in the development of these sophisticated machines, a significant research and development effort has yet to be undertaken. It concerns embedded technologies (for power sources, actuators, sensors, information systems), new design methods, adapted control techniques for highly redundant systems, as well as operational and decisional autonomy and human/robot co-existence.