Date of Award

2012

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.Sc.

Department

Computer Science

First Advisor

Wu, Dan (Computer Science)

Keywords

Artificial intelligence.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

In this thesis, we tackle the problem of extending neural network navigation algorithms for various types of mobile robots and 2-dimensional range sensors. We propose a general method to interpret the data from various types of 2-dimensional range sensors and a neural network algorithm to perform the navigation task. Our approach can yield a global navigation algorithm which can be applied to various types of range sensors and mobile robot platforms. Moreover, this method allows the neural networks to be trained using only one type of 2-dimensional range sensor, which contributes positively to reducing the time required for training the networks. Experimental results carried out in simulation environments demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach in mobile robot navigation for different kinds of robots and sensors. Therefore, the successful implementation of our method provides a solution to apply mobile robot navigation algorithms to various robot platforms.

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