Robotics » Mobile Robotics

Mobile Robots Navigation

Edited by Alejandra Barrera, ISBN 978-953-307-076-6, 680 pages, Publisher: InTech, Chapters published March 01, 2010 under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license

Mobile robots navigation includes different interrelated activities: (i) perception, as obtaining and interpreting sensory information; (ii) exploration, as the strategy that guides the robot to select the next direction to go; (iii) mapping, involving the construction of a spatial representation by using the sensory information perceived; (iv) localization, as the strategy to estimate the robot position within the spatial map; (v) path planning, as the strategy to find a path towards a goal location being optimal or not; and (vi) path execution, where motor actions are determined and adapted to environmental changes. The book addresses those activities by integrating results from the research work of several authors all over the world. Research cases are documented in 32 chapters organized within 7 categories next described.