Guest Editorial: Autonomous systems: Navigation, learning, and control

Yu Zhang, Fei Gao, Yuxiang Sun, Naira Hovakimyan, Zheng Fang
2021 IET Cyber-Systems and Robotics  
This is the IET Cyber-systems and Robotics special issue of Autonomous systems: Navigation, learning, and control. Autonomous systems, as very important representatives of Artificial Intelligence technologies, combine mechanical and electronic hardware, operating system, low-level dynamic control, and high-level intelligent decision components to address challenges that demand high-level autonomy and machine intelligence. Autonomous systems such as aerial robotics, ground vehicles, unmanned
more » ... ace vehicles, and even allterrain vehicles for aerospace applications, etc., have played an essential role in many aspects. For example, during the COVID-19 pandemic, autonomous systems have been used for disinfection and food delivery to reduce infection risks. However, navigation, learning, and control are critical for realizing true autonomy, which are still left for research. Navigation is a critical technology that works as the highlevel intelligent decision component and directly determines the efficiency of conducting autonomous tasks. Learning, which is regarded as the most representative technology of artificial intelligence, has become a dominating method in many fields, such as image processing and understanding. There are also trends of adopting learning-based methods on autonomous robots, which are the perfect field to adopt stateof-the-art artificial intelligence technologies. The low-level dynamic control part, which builds the foundation of autonomous tasks, receives long-term research interest from modern control theory to intelligent control theory. So in this special issue, these three critical elements are examined to bring valuable inspirations to the community. Seven papers in total are selected in the special issue covering the topic of navigation, learning, and control.
doi:10.1049/csy2.12038 fatcat:6oydu3mdufcmlgqnqa774cctmq