About the book
From a general point of view, a cognitive map is a representation of the outer environment or of more abstract concepts. For example, it might be an intelligent agent’s internal representation of its spatial environment, or it’s representation of other kinds of individual knowledge. Cognitive maps can be modeled and implemented in various ways, for example as directed graphs with nodes representing concepts related by their connections, but also in other ways such as through neural networks. This book aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art when it comes to implementing cognitive maps in various ways and to address various ways to store, encode, decode, connect and relate, learn and use the information represented in cognitive maps. It will also address the neurological basis for cognitive maps in biological agents, which provides a biologically inspired system for their implementation. Consequently, models and systems inspired by those neural circuits, involving the hippocampus that presumably implements cognitive mapping in the mammal brain, are of interest too.