Robotics and Cognitive Approaches to Spatial Mapping
At the dawn of the new millennium, robotics is undergoing a major transfor- tion in scope and dimension. From a largely dominant industrial focus, robotics is rapidly expanding into the challenges of unstructured environments. Intera- ing with, assisting,serving,andexploringwith humans,the emergingrobots will increasingly touch people and their lives. ThegoalofthenewseriesofSpringer Tracts in AdvancedRobotics (STAR) is tobring,inatimelyfashion,thelatestadvancesanddevelopmentsinroboticson thebasisoftheirsigni?canceandquality.Itisourhopethatthewiderdissemi- tion of research developments will stimulate more exchanges and collaborations among the research community and contribute to further advancement of this rapidly growing ?eld. The collection edited by Margaret Je?eries and Albert Yeap is the fourth one in the series on mapping, and keenly focuses on the common core problems between cognitive and robot spatial mapping. Such cross-fertilisation was made possiblethankstoathematicworkshopheldinearly2003atAucklandUniversity of Technology, where scientists from the two communities, psychologists and roboticists, met and discussed freely in a meeting-of-the-mind environment. The ambitiousgoalofthe volumefollowingthe workshopis to showhowc- nitive researchers should give more thoughts to the perceptual and localization problems while robotics researchers should consider implementing autonomous systems not having the sole task of building a map of the environment. A n- ber of signi?cant applications are described where this sort of gap is e?ectively bridged.
Leading research in the field of cognitive mapping and robot mappingBrings together robotics and cognition