The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to robotics:

Robotics is a branch of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science that deals with the design, construction, operation, and application of robots, as well as computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing. These technologies deal with automated machines that can take the place of humans in dangerous environments or manufacturing processes, or resemble humans in appearance, behaviour, and or cognition. Many of today's robots are inspired by nature contributing to the field of bio-inspired robotics.

The word "robot" was introduced to the public by Czech writer Karel Čapek in his play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots), published in 1920. The term "robotics" was coined by Isaac Asimov in his 1941 science fiction short-story "Liar!"[1]

Nature of robotics

Robotics can be described as:

Branches of robotics

Contributing fields

Robotics incorporates aspects of many disciplines including electronics, engineering, mechanics, software and arts. The design and control of robots relies on many fields knowledge, including:

Related fields


A robot is a machine—especially one programmable by a computer—capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically. A robot can be guided by an external control device, or the control may be embedded within.

Types of robots

Autonomous robots – robots that are not controlled by humans:

By mode of locomotion

Mobile robots may be classified by:

Robot components and design features

See Stewart platform

Specific robots

Real robots by region

Robots from Australia
Robots from Britain
Robots from Canada
Robots from China
Robots from Croatia
Robots from Czech Republic
Robots from France
Robots from Germany
Robots from Italy
Robots from Japan
Robots from Mexico
Robots from the Netherlands
Robots from New Zealand
Robots from Portugal
Robots from Qatar
Robots from Russia (or former Soviet Union)
Robots from South Korea
Robots from Spain
Robots from Switzerland
Robots from the United States
Robots from Vietnam
International robots

Fictional robots by region

Fictional robots from the United Kingdom
From British literature
From British radio
From British television
Fictional robots from the Czech Republich
From Czech plays
Fictional robots from France
From French ballets
From French literature
Fictional robots from Germany
From German film
From German literature
Fictional robots from Japan
From anime
From manga
Fictional robots from the United States
From American comics
From American film
From American literature
From American television

History of robotics

History of robots

Future of robotics

Robotics development and development tools

Robotics principles

Robotics companies

Robotics organizations

Robotics competitions

Robot competition

People influential in the field of robotics

Robotics in popular culture

See also


  1. ^ According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term "robotics" was first used in the short story "Liar!" published in the May, 1941 issue of Astounding Science Fiction.
  2. ^ Tandon, Prateek (2017). Quantum Robotics. Morgan & Claypool Publishers. ISBN 978-1627059138.
  3. ^ V. Daniel Hunt (1983), "Appendix A - Glossary", Industrial robotics handbook, Industrial Press Inc., ISBN 978-0-8311-1148-9
  4. ^ Helena Domaine (2006), "Glossary", Robotics, Lerner Publications, ISBN 978-0-8225-2112-9
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  9. ^ "Ibuki Child-like Robot Demo". 31 July 2018.
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  11. ^ "DARPA ROBOTICS CHALLENGE (DRC)". Archived from the original on 20 January 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2013.