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Scientific Methods in Mobile Robotics

Ulrich Nehmzow

Scientific Methods in Mobile Robotics

Quantitative Analysis of Agent Behaviour

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Ulrich Nehmzow, Dipl Ing, PhD, CEng, MIEE Department of Computer Science University of Essex Colchester CO4 3SQ United Kingdom

British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data Nehmzow, Ulrich, 1961Scientific methods in mobile robotics : quantitative analysis of agent behaviour. - (Springer series in advanced manufacturing) 1. Mobile robots 2. Robots - Dynamics - Simulation methods I. Title 629.8’932 ISBN-10: 1846280192 Library of Congress Control Number: 2005933051 ISBN-10: 1-84628-019-2 ISBN-13: 978-1-84628-019-1 e-ISBN 1-84628-260-8 Printed on acid-free paper

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