NeuroSLAM: Brain-inspired SLAM System for 3D Environments

The NeuroSLAM Project aims to model the neural mechanisms in the brain underlying tasks like 3D navigation and 3D spatial cognition to develop new neuromorphic 3D SLAM technologies for space, air, land, sea-based autonomous robots and vehicles.

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CogNav: Brain-inspired 3D cognitive navigation for robots

The CogNav project will include carrying out brain-inspired robot autonomous navigation research, focusing on the development of computational models of navigation processes in the mammalian and other animal brains and applying them to robot navigation tasks in challenging environments.

The real world is 3D and robots should be able to move both horizontally and vertically within it. But until recently the brain-inspired robot navigation was studied primarily in planar horizontal environments, leaving much unknown about how to build 3D navigation for robots. The recent discoveries of neural basis of brain’s 3D navigation, including 3D Place Cells, 3D Direction Cells, 3D Grid Cells, etc.,  play a fundamental role in the mammalian or other animals navigation in 3D environments, like 3D flying (bat), volumetric swimming (fish, dolphin), walking on 3D ground surface (rat, human). It offers a new source of biological inspiration for creating robot autonomous navigation in complex 3D indoor environments. This project aims to develop a high robust 3D cognitive navigation system which is based on these biological findings for a real robot platform with light-weight sensors, like intelligent drones, autonomous vehicles.