Synopses & Reviews
This volume constitutes the refereed proceedings of the Second International Conference on Intelligent Robotics and Applications, ICIRA 2009, held in Singapore, in December 2009. The 128 revised full papers presented were thoroughly reviewed and selected from 173 submissions. They are organized in topical sections on ubiquitous and cooperative robots in smart space; advanced control on autonomous vehicles; intelligent vehicles: perception for safe navigation; novel techniques for collaborative driver support; robot and automation in tunneling; robot mechanism and design; robot motion analysis; robot motion control; visual perception by robots; computational intelligence by robots; robot and application; and robot and investigation.
The market demands for skills, knowledge and personalities have positioned robotics as an important field in both engineering and science. To meet these challenging - mands, robotics has already seen its success in automating many industrial tasks in factories. And, a new era will come for us to see a greater success of robotics in n- industrial environments. In anticipating a wider deployment of intelligent and auto- mous robots for tasks such as manufacturing, eldercare, homecare, edutainment, search and rescue, de-mining, surveillance, exploration, and security missions, it is necessary for us to push the frontier of robotics into a new dimension, in which motion and intelligence play equally important roles. After the success of the inaugural conference, the purpose of the Second Inter- tional Conference on Intelligent Robotics and Applications was to provide a venue where researchers, scientists, engineers and practitioners throughout the world could come together to present and discuss the latest achievement, future challenges and exciting applications of intelligent and autonomous robots. In particular, the emphasis of this year's conference was on "robot intelligence for achieving digital manufact- ing and intelligent automations. " This volume of Springer's Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Computer Science contains accepted papers presented at ICIRA 2009, held in Singapore, December 16-18, 2009. On the basis of the reviews and recommendations by the international Program Committee members, we decided to accept 128 papers having technical novelty, out of 173 submissions received from different parts of the world.