Environment Models and Sensor Integration

  • Hugh F. Durrant-Whyte
Part of the The Kluwer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science book series (SECS, volume 36)


The capabilities of a robot system are strongly dependent on an ability to observe and understand the environment in which it operates. For this reason, an effective and purposeful description of the environment is fundamental to the development of intelligent robotics [Ambler 86]. There are many different ways in which the problem of description can be approached, resulting in a variety of different environment modeling techniques; solid models, primitive surface models, or functional descriptions, for example. The utility of each description depends on the specific task in which it will be used. Ideally a robot system should provide many different levels of environment description, and be able to move freely and maintain consistency between them.


Parameter Vector Environment Model Coordinate Frame Geometric Object Robot System 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hugh F. Durrant-Whyte
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  1. 1.University of OxfordUSA

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