This volume contains the research papers for the final Workshop of European Robotics Network (ERNET). ERNET is a research network created since 1993 in the framework of the Human and Capital Mobility Programme and supported by the Commission of European Communities with the focus on methodologies and applications in the area of Robotics. The participation of a large number of leading laboratories belonging to 10 European countries allowed the development of a significant number of joint research projects and a strong qualification of their goals and results. In this respect, this book is unique since it offers to the interested reader, both in academy and industry, the opportunity to enter the current major research streams in Europe referring to an exciting interdisciplinary area such as Robotics.
The development of automatic control, K.J. Astrom; current trends in nonlinear feedback design, A. Isidori; predictive control, C. Mosca; geometric approach in control, G. Marro; practice and trends in control engineering, C. Maffezzoni; advances in variable structure control, C. Bonivento.