Principles of goal-directed spatial robot navigation in biomimetic models

Milford, Michael & Schulz, Ruth (2014) Principles of goal-directed spatial robot navigation in biomimetic models. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B : Biological Sciences, 369(1655), pp. 1-13.

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Mobile robots and animals alike must effectively navigate their environments in order to achieve their goals. For animals goal-directed navigation facilitates finding food, seeking shelter or migration; similarly robots perform goal-directed navigation to find a charging station, get out of the rain or guide a person to a destination. This similarity in tasks extends to the environment as well; increasingly, mobile robots are operating in the same underwater, ground and aerial environments that animals do. Yet despite these similarities, goal-directed navigation research in robotics and biology has proceeded largely in parallel, linked only by a small amount of interdisciplinary research spanning both areas. Most state-of-the-art robotic navigation systems employ a range of sensors, world representations and navigation algorithms that seem far removed from what we know of how animals navigate; their navigation systems are shaped by key principles of navigation in ‘real-world’ environments including dealing with uncertainty in sensing, landmark observation and world modelling. By contrast, biomimetic animal navigation models produce plausible animal navigation behaviour in a range of laboratory experimental navigation paradigms, typically without addressing many of these robotic navigation principles. In this paper, we attempt to link robotics and biology by reviewing the current state of the art in conventional and biomimetic goal-directed navigation models, focusing on the key principles of goal-oriented robotic navigation and the extent to which these principles have been adapted by biomimetic navigation models and why.

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ID Code: 78634
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Animal navigation, Bio-inspired navigation, Biomimetic navigation, Goal-directed navigation, Robot navigation
DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2013.0484
ISSN: 1471-2970
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Royal Society
Deposited On: 12 Nov 2014 23:33
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2016 05:21

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