Robots are used in all kinds of industrial settings. They are used to rivet bolts to cars, to move items from one conveyor belt to another, to gather information from other planets, and even to perform some very delicate types of surgery. Anyone who has watched a robot perform its tasks cannot help but be impressed by how it works. Here we offer some insight into the mathematics that goes into designing such a robot.
Alan Sultan, firstname.lastname@example.org, a professor of mathematics at Queens College of the City University of New York, has also taught high school mathematics at Ramaz School in New York City. He has a strong interest in applied mathematics and currently works in the TIME program, which trains prospective high school mathematics teachers. Ann Sultan