Special Issue on Intelligent Integrated Systems for Robotics
ProfessorDepartment of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi, 980-77 Japan
The new area of “intelligent integrated systems” has been proposed to develop one of the generic technologies for next-generation electronics and information systems. Although the interpretation may be different for individual persons, I think the area is the integration of the three concepts as shown in Figure. One is the concept of “system on silicon” using the integrated circuit technology. Giga-scale integration will be available in near future, so that we have to develop hardware and software architecture related to ultra highly parallel processing. Another is the concept of intelligence including physical model based computations as well as AI technology. The other is the concept of real-world applications just different from computer-world applications. The signal flow is passed through a real world, so that the performance should be evaluated as the response time or delay time. The examples are robotics, car electronics, home electronics, factory automation and so on. This special issue is planned to demonstrate the above important area, especially dedicated for robotics which is a typical example of the intelligent integrated systems. I believe that the contents of this issue give great impact on’ the next-generation robot systems, and it will be a memorial publication. Finally, I would like to express my appreciation to the authors for their efforts and contributions to this special issue and also to the members of the Editorial Board for their useful comments.