Simulation and Numerical Models of Behaving Agents
Conducting experiments with real robots is time consuming and expensive. If it was possible to simulate robot-environment interaction faithfully, through a numerical model, one could save considerable time and effort. Unfortunately, however, such faithful models do not (yet) exist, and all existing models are only approximations of true sensory perceptions, motor actions etc.
We are therefore interested in analysing and modelling the interaction of a behaving agent with its environment. There are currently two main strands to this research, on the one hand the simulation and computer modelling of long range pigeon navigation, on the other hand the analysis and modelling of a Nomad 200 mobile robot interacting with its environment (see also information on the related theme of scientific mobile robotics.