A coupled reaction-diffusion field model for perception-action cycle with applications to robot navigation
by Eugene Aidman, Vladimir Ivancevic, Andrew Jennings
International Journal of Intelligent Defence Support Systems (IJIDSS), Vol. 1, No. 2, 2008

Abstract: A generalised reaction-diffusion field model for robot navigation is proposed. It utilises two mutually antagonistic neural fields counteracting in patterns similar to that of flexor/extensor muscles controlling the movements in major joints in the human body. Combining local activation and generalised inhibition represented by Amari's neural field equations and extended by the Fitzhugh-Nagumo and Wilson-Cowan activator-inhibitor systems, results in the type of neural attractor dynamics that may lead to spontaneous oscillatory pattern formation. Preliminary simulation data suggest that this approach has utility in enabling a team of autonomous vehicles to navigate in a crowded pedestrian crossing.

Online publication date: Thu, 11-Dec-2008

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