Geometry and navigation

Ken Cheng*

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In vertebrate In vertebrate animals, the geometric arrangement of surfaces in an environment has been shown to play an important role in relocating a desired place. In such relocation tasks, an animal is typically first shown a target location in a rectangular enclosure. After being disoriented, it then has the task of relocating the target. Aside from the geometric shape of the enclosure, other nongeometric or featural cues are typically available. These include colours of walls, objects serving as landmarks, or smells. landmarks An often reported pattern of results is preferred reliance on the geometric cues, sometimes to the exclusion of nongeometric cues. Various axes of space, shape parameters that include principal axes and axes of symmetry, principal axes may play a role in how animals use geometric information to determine which direction is which. Some work on robotics related to the geometry literature is presented and the issue of modularity is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRobotics and Cognitive Approaches to Spatial Mapping
EditorsMargaret E. Jefferies, Wai-Kiang Yeap
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783540753889
ISBN (Print)9783540753865
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Publication series

NameSpringer Tracts in Advanced Robotics
ISSN (Print)16107438
ISSN (Electronic)1610742X


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