“The undergraduate student corner”

         Robots: what are they?

         http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robot

         http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Robotics

         http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robot (Italiano)

         http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robotica (Italiano)

         Industrial robotics

         http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industrial_robot

         http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robot_industriale (Italiano)

         Advanced robotics

         http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humanoid_robot

         and many other things (Aerial Robotics and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Agricultural Robotics, Bio Robotics, Micro/Nano Robotics and Automation, Networked Robots, Rehabilitation Robotics, Safety Security and Rescue Robotics, Service Robotics, Space Robotics, Surgical Robotics, Underwater Robotics)

         see, for instance, http://www.dlr.de/rm

         information and materials on various topics can be found here http://www.robotcafe.com/

         Studying Robotics

         To be done

         A career in robotics

         Industry: See for instance the manufactures’ list in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industrial_robot

         Research: (example) http://www.dlr.de/rm/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-117/

         Opinion and forecast about the future

         “A robot in every home” by Bill Gates (http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa006&articleID=9312A198-E7F2-99DF-31DA639D6C4BA567&pageNumber=2&catID=2)

         See a market forecast at http://www.robonexus.com/roboticsmarket.htm.

         IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

         The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (http://www.ieee.org/portal/site/iportals ) is the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology.

          The Robotics and Automation Society (RAS - http://www.ieee-ras.org ) of IEEE is interested in both applied and theoretical issues in robotics and automation.

         RAS organizes a number of technical events each year. The RAS major annual conference is ICRA (http://www.icra07.org)

         Joining RAS?

         Joining RAS you receive the Robotics and Automation Magazine and get in touch with news, events and developments in robotics, and all benefits of IEEE members (see http://www.ieee.org/web/membership/benefits/index.html)

         Joining RAS (and IEEE) costs (for students) US$ 36-41 (according to which country you are from) per year (http://www.ieee.org/web/membership/Cost/dues.html ). New members joining between 1 March and 15 August 2007 pay the half year rate, namely US$ 18-21 (€ 14-16) http://webapps2.ieee.org/member/Member?societyBrand=RA024