TY - CHAP A1 - Houxiang Zhang A2 - Wei Wang A3 - Juan Gonzalez-Gomez A4 - Jianwei Zhang ED1 - Annalisa Milella Donato Di Paola ED2 - Grazia Cicirelli Y1 - 2010-03-01 PY - 2010 T1 - A Bio-Inspired Small-Sized Wall-Climbing Caterpillar Robot N2 - Mechatronics, the synergistic blend of mechanics, electronics, and computer science, has evolved over the past twenty five years, leading to a novel stage of engineering design. By integrating the best design practices with the most advanced technologies, mechatronics aims at realizing high-quality products, guaranteeing at the same time a substantial reduction of time and costs of manufacturing. Mechatronic systems are manifold and range from machine components, motion generators, and power producing machines to more complex devices, such as robotic systems and transportation vehicles. With its twenty chapters, which collect contributions from many researchers worldwide, this book provides an excellent survey of recent work in the field of mechatronics with applications in various fields, like robotics, medical and assistive technology, human-machine interaction, unmanned vehicles, manufacturing, and education. We would like to thank all the authors who have invested a great deal of time to write such interesting chapters, which we are sure will be valuable to the readers. Chapters 1 to 6 deal with applications of mechatronics for the development of robotic systems. Medical and assistive technologies and human-machine interaction systems are the topic of chapters 7 to 13.Chapters 14 and 15 concern mechatronic systems for autonomous vehicles. Chapters 16-19 deal with mechatronics in manufacturing contexts. Chapter 20 concludes the book, describing a method for the installation of mechatronics education in schools. BT - Mechatronic Systems SP - Ch. 1 UR - https://doi.org/10.5772/8918 DO - 10.5772/8918 SN - PB - IntechOpen CY - Rijeka Y2 - 2021-09-19 ER -