Special Issue on Robot Vision
Associate Professor, Dr., Chuo University Dept. Precision Mechanics,Faculty of Science and Engineering, Chuo University, 1-13-27 Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 112-8551 Japan
Robot vision is an essential key technology in robotics and mechatronics. The number of studies on robot vision is wide-ranging, and this topic remains a hot vital target. This special issue reviews recent advances in this exciting field, following up two special issues, Vol. 11 No. 2, and Vol. 13 No. 6, which attracted more papers than expected. This indicates the high degree of research activity in this field. I am most pleased to report that this issue presents 12 excellent papers covering robot vision, including basic algorithms based on precise optical models, pattern and gesture recognition, and active vision. Several papers treat range imaging and others interesting applications to agriculture and quadruped robots and new devices. This issue also presents two news briefs, one on a practical range sensor suited to mobile robots and the other on vision devices that are the improved ones of famous IP-5000 series. I am convinced that this special issue helps research on robot vision more exciting. I would like to close by thanking all of the researchers who submitted their studies, and to give special thanks to the reviewers and editors, especially Prof. M. Kaneko, Dr. K. Yokoi, and Prof. Y. Nakauchi.
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