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A Real-Time Unsupervised Neural Network for the Low-Level Control of a Mobile Robot in a Nonstationary Environment

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dc.contributor.author Zalana, Eduardo en_US
dc.contributor.author Gaudiano, Paolo en_US
dc.contributor.author Coronado, Juan Lopez en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-14T18:45:28Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-14T18:45:28Z
dc.date.issued 1994-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2144/2140
dc.description.abstract This article introduces a real-time, unsupervised neural network that learns to control a two-degree-of-freedom mobile robot in a nonstationary environment. The neural controller, which is termed neural NETwork MObile Robot Controller (NETMORC), combines associative learning and Vector Associative Map (YAM) learning to generate transformations between spatial and velocity coordinates. As a result, the controller learns the wheel velocities required to reach a target at an arbitrary distance and angle. The transformations are learned during an unsupervised training phase, during which the robot moves as a result of randomly selected wheel velocities. The robot learns the relationship between these velocities and the resulting incremental movements. Aside form being able to reach stationary or moving targets, the NETMORC structure also enables the robot to perform successfully in spite of disturbances in the enviroment, such as wheel slippage, or changes in the robot's plant, including changes in wheel radius, changes in inter-wheel distance, or changes in the internal time step of the system. Finally, the controller is extended to include a module that learns an internal odometric transformation, allowing the robot to reach targets when visual input is sporadic or unreliable. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Sloan Fellowship (BR-3122), Air Force Office of Scientific Research (F49620-92-J-0499) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Boston University Center for Adaptive Systems and Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries BU CAS/CNS Technical Reports;CAS/CNS-TR-1994-002 en_US
dc.rights Copyright 1994 Boston University. Permission to copy without fee all or part of this material is granted provided that: 1. The copies are not made or distributed for direct commercial advantage; 2. the report title, author, document number, and release date appear, and notice is given that copying is by permission of BOSTON UNIVERSITY TRUSTEES. To copy otherwise, or to republish, requires a fee and / or special permission. en_US
dc.subject Associative learning en_US
dc.subject DIRECT model en_US
dc.subject Inverse kinematics en_US
dc.subject Odometric mapping en_US
dc.subject VAM learning en_US
dc.subject VITE model en_US
dc.title A Real-Time Unsupervised Neural Network for the Low-Level Control of a Mobile Robot in a Nonstationary Environment en_US
dc.type Technical Report en_US
dc.rights.holder Boston University Trustees en_US


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