LCE Kotisivu

S-114.220 Laskennallisen tieteen tutkijaseminaari


The topic of the course in fall 2003 is

Spatial cognition and biomimetic robot navigation (2 cr)

27+27 (2+2) sl
Teachers: Prof. Jouko Lampinen, Dr.Tech. Aki Vehtari

Place and time:

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Course requirements:



Date Talker Co-author Subject
2.10. Olli Haavisto Jan Zizka The searching behaviour of desert animals
2.10. Jan Zizka Olli Haavisto Integration of biomimetic navigation hierarchy levels
9.10. Laura Laitinen Aapo Nummenmaa Navigation memory
9.10. Aapo Nummenmaa Laura Laitinen Modelling spatial navigation
16.10. Marjaana Träskbäck Miikka Tikander View-graph approach to visual navigation
23.10. Reino Ruusu Janne Lehtonen Snapshot based navigation
References: Wehner et al.: Visual navigation in insects, Lambrinos et al.: A mobile robot employing insect strategies for navigation
23.10. Ramunas Girdziusas Reino Ruusu How honeybees measure and communicate distances
30.10. Janne Lehtonen Ramunas Girdziusas Path integration in insect navigation
References: Wohlgemuth et al.: Ant odometry in the third dimension, T. Collett & M. Collett: Path integration in insects
6.11. Jere Knuuttila José María Vallet Bird navigation
6.11. José María Vallet Jere Knuuttila Cognitive maps in humans, animals and robots
13.11. Sami Terho Janne Paanajärvi Beacons and landmarks
13.11. Janne Paanajärvi Sami Terho Rat navigation
20.11.     Introduction to the software tools for the project work
Short presentations, 10 minute each
Date Talker
27.11. Olli Haavisto
  Reino Ruusu
  Janne Lehtonen
  Jere Knuuttila
  Jan Zizka
  Jose Maria Vallet
4.12. Sami Terho
  Ramunas Girdziusas
  Marjaana Träskbäck
  Laura Laitinen
  Aapo Nummenmaa
  Janne Paanajärvi

Home assignment due to 18.9.

Before the second meeting read the paper Biomimetic robot navigation by Franz and Mallot. Check part titles from the contents of books Spatial Cognition I-III. You may also read some other paper or web pages. Make a mind-map, a bullet list or one page essay of issuses you think are important and should be discussed on the course. Think about big picture and also think about different robot applications and differenet navigation skills required. Think what we can learn from animals and humans, and how could we find out how the animals and humans navigate. Be prepared to justify your views.

General instructions

To simulate scientific writing, for every talk there is first author and second author. Every student is first author for one talk and second author for another talk. First author first writes the paper, second author gives comments and helps to improve it and both authors discuss about the presentation with teachers. The first author prepares the talk and second author again gives comments and helps to improve the presentation. First author presents the talk. Names of both authors are shown in the paper and in the slides. Normal talk is 30-40 minutes.

To simulate scientific conferences, in addition to 30-40 talk, everyone presents 10-15 minute (depending how much time we have left at the end of the course) condensed version of their talk.


After the course:

After the course we'll arrange a separate project course for those who wish to test biomimetic navigation with a real robot.

Prof. Jouko Lampinen
Dr.Tech. Aki Vehtari

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