The view-graph approach to visual navigation and spatial memory

Hanspeter A. Mallot, Matthias Franz, Bernhard Schölkopf, Heinrich H. Bülthoff

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This paper describes a purely visual navigation scheme based on two elementary mechanisms (piloting and guidance) and a graph structure combining individual navigation steps controlled by these mechanisms. In robot experiments in real environments, both mechanisms have been tested, piloting in an open environment and guidance in a maze with restricted movement opportunities. The results indicate that navigation and path planning can be brought about with these simple mechanisms. We argue that the graph of local views (snapshots) is a general and biologically plausible means of representing space and integrating the various mechanisms of map behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArtificial Neural Networks - ICANN 1997 - 7th International Conference, Proceeedings
EditorsWulfram Gerstner, Alain Germond, Martin Hasler, Jean-Daniel Nicoud
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)3540636315, 9783540636311
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Event7th International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks, ICANN 1997 - Lausanne, Switzerland
Duration: 1997 Oct 81997 Oct 10

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other7th International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks, ICANN 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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