Robotics » Robotics Navigation

Advances in Robot Navigation

Edited by Alejandra Barrera, ISBN 978-953-307-346-0, 250 pages, Publisher: InTech, Chapters published July 05, 2011 under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license
DOI: 10.5772/705
Edited Volume

Robot navigation includes different interrelated activities such as perception - obtaining and interpreting sensory information; exploration - the strategy that guides the robot to select the next direction to go; mapping - the construction of a spatial representation by using the sensory information perceived; localization - the strategy to estimate the robot position within the spatial map; path planning - the strategy to find a path towards a goal location being optimal or not; and path execution, where motor actions are determined and adapted to environmental changes. This book integrates results from the research work of authors all over the world, addressing the abovementioned activities and analyzing the critical implications of dealing with dynamic environments. Different solutions providing adaptive navigation are taken from nature inspiration, and diverse applications are described in the context of an important field of study: social robotics.