Alejandra Barrera

Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de MéxicoMexico

Alejandra Barrera is a Full Professor at the Computer Engineering Department in Mexico’s Autonomous Institute of Technology (ITAM), where she directs the Biorobotics Laboratory. She obtained the Computer Engineering degree and the Master degree in Information Technology and Management from ITAM; and her PhD in Biorobotics from Mexico’s Autonomous National University (UNAM). Since 2008. she has been a member of Mexico’s National Research System (SNI). Her research interests include biorobotics, bioinformatics, and data visualization. She is the author of several research papers, and the editor of the book untitled “Mobile Robots Navigation” published by InTech.

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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.

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