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The Best Books About Robotics (Nonfiction)

“What are the best books aboutRobotics?” We looked at 141 different books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 12 Robotics books, all appearing on 2 or more lists, are listed below with images, summaries, and links. The remaining 129 best Robotics books, as well as the lists we used to aggregate, can be found at the bottom of the page.

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Top 12 Robotics Books

12 .) Computational Principles of Mobile Robotics by Gregory Dudek and Michael Jenkin

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mobotica
  • Robot Books

Mobile robotics is a multidisciplinary field involving both computer science and engineering. Addressing the design of automated systems, it lies at the intersection of artificial intelligence, computational vision, and robotics. This textbook for advanced undergraduates and graduate students emphasizes algorithms for a range of strategies for locomotion, sensing, and reasoning. It concentrates on wheeled and legged mobile robots but discusses a variety of other propulsion systems. The new edition includes advances in robotics and intelligent machines over the last ten years, including significant coverage of SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) and multi-robot systems. It includes additional mathematical background and an extensive list of sample problems. Various mathematical techniques that were assumed in the first edition are now briefly introduced in appendices at the end of the text to make the book more self-contained. Researchers as well as students in the field of mobile robotics will appreciate this comprehensive treatment of state-of-the-art methods and key technologies.

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11 .) Embedded Robotics : Mobile Robot Design and Applications with Embedded Systems by Thomas Bräunl

Lists It Appears On:

  • Roboterra
  • Robot Books

This book presents a unique examination of mobile robots and embedded systems, from introductory to intermediate level. It is structured in three parts, dealing with Embedded Systems (hardware and software design, actuators, sensors, PID control, multitasking), Mobile Robot Design (driving, balancing, walking, and flying robots), and Mobile Robot Applications (mapping, robot soccer, genetic algorithms, neural networks, behavior-based systems, and simulation). The book is written as a text for courses in computer science, computer engineering, IT, electronic engineering, and mechatronics, as well as a guide for robot hobbyists and researchers.

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10 .) Introduction to Robotics by J.J. Craig

Lists It Appears On:

  • Sanfoundry 2
  • Mobotica

Now in its third edition, Introduction to Robotics by John J. Craig provides readers with real-world practicality with underlying theory presented. With one half of the material from traditional mechanical engineering material, one fourth control theoretical material, and one fourth computer science, the book covers rigid-body transformations, forward and inverse positional kinematics, velocities and Jacobians of linkages, dynamics, linear control, non-linear control, force control methodologies, mechanical design aspects and programming of robots. For engineers.

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9 .) JunkBots, Bugbots, and Bots on Wheels: Building Simple Robots With BEAM Technology by David Hrynkiw and Mark Tilden

Lists It Appears On:

  • Society of Robots
  • Razor Robotics

From the publishers of BattleBots: The Official Guide comes this do-it-yourself guide to BEAM (Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics, Mechanics) robots. They’re cheap, simple, and can be built by beginners in just a few hours, with help from this expert guide complete with full-color photos. Get ready for some dumpster-diving!

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8 .) Machine Learning, Neural and Statistical Classification by Donald Michie and David Spiegelhalter

Lists It Appears On:

  • Big Data Made Simple
  • Dev Zum

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7 .) Mobile Robotics: A Practical Introduction by Ulrich Nehmzow

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mobotica
  • Robot Books

“A fascinating, cutting-edge, research topic, autonomous mobile robotics is now taught in more and more universities. In this book you are introduced to the fundamental concepts of this complex field via twelve detailed case studies that show how to build and program real working robots. Topics covered in clued learning, autonomous navigation in unmodified, noisy and unpredictable environments, and high fidelity robot simulation.
This new edition has been updated to include a new chapter on novelty detection, and provides a very practical introduction to mobile robotics for a general scientific audience. It is essential reading for 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate students and postgraduate students studying robotics, artificial intelligence, cognitive science and robot engineering. The update and overview of core concepts in mobile robotics will assist and encourage practitioners of the field and set challenges to explore new avenues of research in this exiting field. “

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6 .) Robotics Demystified by Edwin Wise

Lists It Appears On:

  • Robot Books 2
  • Roboterra

“McGraw-Hill’s Demystified titles are the most efficient, interestingly written, brush-ups you can find. Organized as self-teaching guides, they come complete with key points, background information, questions at the end of each chapter, and even final exams. You’ll be able to learn more in less time, evaluate your strengths and weaknesses, and reinforce your knowledge and confidence.

This complete self-teaching guide takes an introductory approach to robotics, guiding readers through the essential electronics, mechanics, and programming skills necessary to build their own robot.”

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5 .) Fundamentals of Robotics by Robert J. Schiling

Lists It Appears On:

  • Robot Books
  • Roboterra
  • Sanfoundry

A complete overview of the fundamentals of robotics. Case study examples of educational, industrial and generic robots are discussed. Class demonstration software is provided with the laboratory manual.

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4 .) Planning Algorithms by Steven M. LaValle

Lists It Appears On:

  • Dev Zum
  • Big Data Made Simple
  • Mobotica

Planning algorithms are impacting technical disciplines and industries around the world, including robotics, computer-aided design, manufacturing, computer graphics, aerospace applications, drug design, and protein folding. Written for computer scientists and engineers with interests in artificial intelligence, robotics, or control theory, this is the only book on this topic that tightly integrates a vast body of literature from several fields into a coherent source for teaching and reference in a wide variety of applications. Difficult mathematical material is explained through hundreds of examples and illustrations.

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3 .) Robot Building for Beginners by David Cook

Lists It Appears On:

  • Robot Books 2
  • Robot Shop
  • Society of Robots

“The robot described and built in this book is battery powered and about the size of a lunch box. It is autonomous; that is, it isn’t remote controlled.

The book is broken up into small chapters, suitable for bedtime (or bathroom) reading.

The characteristics and purposes of each major component (resistor, transistor, wire, and motor) are described, followed by a hands-on experiment to demonstrate. Not only does this help the reader to understand a particular piece, but it also prepares them with processes to learn new parts on their own. An appendix offers an introduction to 3D printing and parts of the robot can, as an alternative, be “”printed”” using a 3D printer.

The master project of the book is a simple, entertaining, line-following robot.”

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2 .) Introduction to Autonomous Mobile Robot by Roland Siegwart

Lists It Appears On:

  • Robot Books
  • Mobotica
  • Roboterra
  • Society of Robots

Mobile robots range from the Mars Pathfinder mission’s teleoperated Sojourner to the cleaning robots in the Paris Metro. This text offers students and other interested readers an introduction to the fundamentals of mobile robotics, spanning the mechanical, motor, sensory, perceptual, and cognitive layers the field comprises. The text focuses on mobility itself, offering an overview of the mechanisms that allow a mobile robot to move through a real world environment to perform its tasks, including locomotion, sensing, localization, and motion planning. It synthesizes material from such fields as kinematics, control theory, signal analysis, computer vision, information theory, artificial intelligence, and probability theory. The book presents the techniques and technology that enable mobility in a series of interacting modules. Each chapter treats a different aspect of mobility, as the book moves from low-level to high-level details. It covers all aspects of mobile robotics, including software and hardware design considerations, related technologies, and algorithmic techniques.

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1 .) Robot Builder’s Bonanza by Gordon McComb

Lists It Appears On:

  • Robot Books 2
  • Society of Robots
  • Robohub
  • Robot Shop

“Have fun while learning how to design, construct, and use small robots! This richly illustrated guide offers everything you need to know to construct sophisticated, fully autonomous robots that can be programmed from your computer. Fully updated with the latest technologies and techniques, Robot Builder’s Bonanza, Fourth Edition includes step-by-step plans that take you from building basic motorized platforms to giving the machine a brain–and teaching it to walk, talk, and obey commands.

This robot builder’s paradise is packed with more than 100 affordable projects, including 10 completely new robot designs. The projects are modular and can be combined to create a variety of highly intelligent and workable robots of all shapes and sizes. Mix and match the projects to develop your own unique creations. The only limit is your imagination!”

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The #13-141 Additional Top Robotics Books


(Books Appear On 1 List Each)
13123 PIC Microcontroller Experiments for the Evil GeniusMyke PredkoSociety of Robots
14A Course in Machine LearningBig Data Made Simple
16A Quick and Gentle Guide to Constraint Logic ProgrammingBig Data Made Simple
17Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building RobotsRobot Books 2
18Affective ComputingBig Data Made Simple
19Affordable AutomationSociety of Robots
21Alchemy of StoneEkaterina Sediaio9
22Ambient IntelligenceBig Data Made Simple
23An Introduction to AI RoboticsMobotica
24An Introduction to Logic Programming Through PrologBig Data Made Simple
25Arduino CookbookMobotica
26Arduino Robot BonanzaGordon McCombRobohub
27Artificial Intelligence: Foundations of Computational AgentsBig Data Made Simple
28Awesome Space RobotsMichael O’HearnRobohub
29Barron’s College Review Series: CalculusJessica Austin
30Behavior-Based RoboticsMobotica
31Bio-Inspired Artificial Intelligence: Theories, Methods, and TechnologiesMobotica
32Bio-Inspired Computational Algorithms and Their ApplicationsBig Data Made Simple
33Biologically Inspired Intelligent RobotsRobot Books
34Biomimetic Robotic Artificial MusclesRoboterra
35BioroboticsRobot Books
36Boy and BotAme DyckmanRobohub
37Build a Remote-Controlled RobotRobot Books 2
38C Programming Language, 2nd EdRitchie KernighanSociety of Robots
39Caleb-Seven (Children of Eden series)James Andrew WilsonRobohub
40Clever Algorithms: Nature-Inspired Programming RecipesBig Data Made Simple
41ClinkKelly DiPucchio and Matthew MyersRobohub
42Cluster Computing for Robotics and Computer VisionRoboterra
43Common LISP: A Gentle Introduction to Symbolic ComputationBig Data Made Simple
44Computer Vision and ApplicationsRobot Books
45Cool RobotsSean KenneyRobohub
46Designing Autonomous AgentsMobotica
47Designing Autonomous Mobile RobotsRobot Books
48Designing Sociable RobotsMobotica
49Elementary Differential EquationsBoyce and DiPrimaJessica Austin
50Essentials of MetaheuristicsBig Data Made Simple
51Evolutionary RoboticsRobot Books
52ExcessionIain M. Banksio9
53Flesh and Machines: How Robots Will Change UsRodney Brooksio9
54Flying Insects and RobotsMobotica
55From Animals to AnimatsRobot Books
56From Bricks to Brains: The Embodied Cognitive Science of LEGO RobotsBig Data Made Simple
57Fundamentals of Robotic Mechanical SystemsRoboterra
58Fuzzy Logic Techniques for Autonomous Vehicle NavigationMobotica
59Getting Started in ElectronicsForrest M. Mims IIISociety of Robots
60Getting Started with ArduinoMobotica
61Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden BraidMobotica
62he Second Machine AgeErik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfeeFive Books
63He, She, and ItMarge Piercyio9
64House of RobotsJames PattersonRobohub
65How to Prove ItVellemanJessica Austin
67I, RobotIsaac Asimovio9
68Industrial RoboticsGrooverSanfoundry
69Intermediate Robot BuildingDavid CookRazor Robotics
70Introduction to AI RoboticsRoboterra
71Introduction to Bayesian StatisticsBolstadJessica Austin
72Kickin’ Bot: An Illustrated Guide to Building Combat RobotsGrant ImaharaSociety of Robots
73Layered Learning in Multiagent Systems: A Winning Approach to Robotic Soccer, Intelligent Robotics & Autonomous AgentsRobot Books
74Learning OpenCVMobotica
75LEO the Maker Prince: Journeys in 3D PrintingCarla DianaRobohub
76Linear AlgebraHefferonJessica Austin
78Logic for Computer Science: Foundations of Automatic Theorem ProvingBig Data Made Simple
79Machines That Walk : The Adaptive Suspension VehicleRobot Books
80Make Your Own RobotLaurence KingRobohub
81Metamagical ThemasMobotica
83National Geographic Readers: RobotsMelissa StewartRobohub
84Natural Language Processing with PythonMobotica
85NeuromancerWilliam Gibsonio9
86Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage: A Mystery with Hoverbots, Bristle Bots, and Other Robots You Can Build YourselfBob Pflugfelder and Steve HockensmithRobohub
87Night SessionsKen MacLeodio9
88On IntelligenceJeff HawkinsSociety of Robots
90Permutation CityFive Books
91PIC Microcontroller Project BookJohn IovineSociety of Robots
92PIC Microcontroller: An Introduction to Software & Hardware InterfacingHan-Way HuangSociety of Robots
93Practical Artificial Intelligence Programming in JavaBig Data Made Simple
94Principles of Robot Motion: Theory, Algorithms, and ImplementationsMobotica
95Probabilistic RoboticsMobotica
96R Is for Robot: A Noisy AlphabetAdam F. WatkinsRobohub
97Rainbows EndVernor Vingeio9
98Recycled Robots: 10 Robot ProjectsRobert MaloneRobohub
101Remote Control RoboticsRobot Books
102Rise of the RobotsMartin FordFive Books
103Robo World: The Story of Robot Designer Cynthia BreazealJordan D. BrownRobohub
104Robot Building for DummiesRobot Books 2
105Robot ColoniesMobotica
106Robot Hands and Multi-Fingered Haptic InterfacesRoboterra
107Robot Manipulators, Mathematics, Programming and ControlRichard paulSanfoundry
108Robot Mechanisms and Mechanical DevicesRoboterra
109Robot Motion PlanningMobotica
110Robot Programming : A Practical Guide to Behavior-Based RoboticsMobotica
111Robot Teams : From Diversity to PolymorphismRobot Books
112RoboticsK.S Fu, R.C. Gonzalez and C.S.G. LeeSanfoundry 2
113Robotics for EngineersY. KorenSanfoundry 2
114Robotics, Mechatronics, and Artificial Intelligence: Experimental Circuit Blocks for DesignersNewton C. BragaRazor Robotics
115Robotics: Control, Sensing, Vision, and IntelligenceMobotica
116Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future with 20 Projects (Build it yourself)Kathey Ceceri and Sam CarbaughRobohub
117Robots, Androids and Animatrons: 12 Incredible Projects You Can BuildRobot Books 2
118Robots, Robots Everywhere!Sue FliesRobohub
119Saturn’s ChildrenCharles Strossio9
120Simply Logical: Intelligent Reasoning by ExampleBig Data Made Simple
121Soccer RoboticsRobot Books
122Society of MindSociety of Robots
123SuperintelligenceNick BostromFive Books
124Swarm Intelligence: From Natural to Artificial SystemsMobotica
125Swarm Robotics: SAB 2004 International WorkshopMobotica
126The Art of RobotsAmid AmidiRobohub
127The LEGO Technic Idea Book: Simple MachinesYoshihito IsogawaRobohub
128The Map-Building and Exploration Strategies of a Simple Sonar-Equipped Mobile RobotRobot Books
129The Nature of CodeJessica Austin
130The Quest for Artificial IntelligenceBig Data Made Simple
131The Robotics PrimerMobotica
132The Singularity is Near,Ray KurzweilFive Books
133The Society of MindMobotica
134The World and Mind of Computation and ComplexityBig Data Made Simple
135Udacity CS-373, Artificial Intelligence for RoboticsJessica Austin
136Virtual GirlAmy Thomsonio9
137Virtual Reality – Human Computer InteractionBig Data Made Simple
138Ware TetrologyRudy Ruckerio9
139We, RobotsSue Langeio9
140Welcome to your awesome robotViviane SchwarzRobohub
141When HARLIE Was OneDavid Gerroldio9

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Big Data Made Simple 20 free books to get started with Artificial Intelligence
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Artificial Intelligence”
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Robot Shop 10 Tips for Getting Started with Robotics
Roboterra 10 Robotics Books to Read For Robot Makers
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