Special Issue "Mobile Robots Navigation"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019
Prof. Dr. Luis Payá
Navigation is one of the fundamental abilities that mobile robots must be endowed with, so that they can carry out high-level tasks autonomously, in a specific environment. This problem can be addressed efficiently through the following actions. First, it is necessary to perceive the environment in which the robot has to move, and extract some relevant information from it. Second, the robot must be able to solve the localization problem within this environment. With this information, a trajectory towards the target points must be planned, and the vehicle has to be guided along this trajectory, in a reactive way, considering either possible changes or interactions with the environment or with the user.
To perceive the environment, some kinds of onboard sensors can be used, such as laser rangefinders, visual systems, or RGB-D platforms. This perception task can be carried out either beforehand or once the navigation task has started, while the robot moves through the environment, and the result is a model or map of the environment. About the localization task, it must be designed considering several issues: the available sensors, the structure of the map, and the movement constraints that the robot presents (i.e. trajectories in 3D or 6D). Furthermore, integrated exploration systems consider all these issues jointly, and they develop trajectory planning and control, while a model of the environment is obtained, and the robot estimates its position and orientation within it.
The aim of this Special Issue is to present current frameworks in these fields and, in general, approaches to any problem related to the navigation of mobile robots. In this way, this Special Issue invites contributions to the following topics (but it is not limited to them):
- Map-based navigation
- Landmark-based navigation
- Algorithms and methods for navigation
- Data fusion for mobile robot navigation
- Deep learning in mobile robot navigation
- Vision-based mobile robot navigation
- Motion control
- Localization and environment modelling
- Applications of mobile robot navigation
Prof. Dr. Oscar Reinoso
Prof. Dr. Luis Paya
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- path planning
- visual mapping