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Visual Homing

Visual homing is the ability to return to a goal by comparing an image captured at the goal to the current image.  It is believed to be a fundamental mechanism in the navigational capabilities of insects such as bees and ants.  It is also useful for robotics as a means of moving between familiar places.  Biologically plausible visual homing was the subject of Dr. Andrew Vardy’s Ph.D thesis.

 

Papers:

Churchill,; Vardy, (2013): An Orientation Invariant Visual Homing Algorithm. In: Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, 71 (1), pp. 3-29, 2013. (Type: Journal Article | Links | BibTeX)
Möller,; Vardy,; Gerstmayr,; Röben,; Kreft, (2008): Neuroethological Concepts at Work: Insect-Inspired Methods for Visual Robot Navigation. In: Proceedings of Biological Approaches for Engineering, 2008. (Type: Inproceeding | Links | BibTeX)
Churchill,; Vardy, (2008): Homing in Scale Space. In: IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Robots and Systems (IROS), pp. 1307-1312, 2008. (Type: Inproceeding | Links | BibTeX)
Vardy, (2008): A Simple Visual Compass with Learned Pixel Weights. In: Proceedings of the Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering, IEEE Xplore, 2008. (Type: Incollection | Links | BibTeX)
Möller,; Vardy,; Kreft,; Ruwisch, (2007): Visual Homing in Environments with Anisotropic Landmark Distribution. In: Autonomous Robots, 23 , pp. 231-245, 2007. (Type: Journal Article | Links | BibTeX)
Burke,; Vardy, (2006): Visual Compass Methods for Robot Navigation. In: Proceedings of the Newfoundland Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2006. (Type: Inproceeding | Links | BibTeX)
Vardy, (2006): Long-Range Visual Homing. In: Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, IEEE Xplore, 2006. (Type: Inproceeding | Links | BibTeX)
Möller,; Vardy, (2006): Local Visual Homing by Matched-Filter Descent in Image Distances. In: Biological Cybernetics, 95 , pp. 413-430, 2006. (Type: Journal Article | Links | BibTeX)
Vardy,; Möller, (2005): Biologically plausible visual homing methods based on optical flow techniques. In: Connection Science, 17 (1/2), pp. 47-90, 2005. (Type: Journal Article | Links | BibTeX)
Vardy, (2005): Biologically Plausible Methods for Robot Visual Homing. School of Computer Science, Carleton University, 2005. (Type: PhD Thesis | Links | BibTeX)
Vardy,; Oppacher, (2005): A Scale Invariant Local Image Descriptor for Visual Homing. In: Palm,; Wermter, (Ed.): Biomimetic neural learning for intelligent robots, 3575 , Springer, 2005. (Type: Incollection | Links | BibTeX)
Vardy,; Oppacher, (2004): Anatomy and Physiology of an Artificial Vision Matrix. In: Ijspreet,; Murata,; Wakamiya, (Ed.): Biologically Inspired Approaches to Advanced Information Technology (BioADIT), pp. 290-305, Springer, 2004. (Type: Inproceeding | Links | BibTeX)
Vardy,; Oppacher, (2004): A Scale Invariant Neural Feature Detector for Visual Homing. In: Palm,; Wermter, (Ed.): Proceedings of the Workshop on Neurobotics, German Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Ulm, 2004. (Type: Inproceeding | Links | BibTeX)
Vardy,; Oppacher, (2003): Low-Level Visual Homing. In: Advances in Artificial Life - Proceedings of the 7th European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL), pp. 875-884, Springer, 2003. (Type: Inproceeding | Links | BibTeX)