the PhD student has demonstrated a depth of scholarship in the literature and the methods of the student's chosen area of research, and has demonstrated a facility with the scholarly skills of critical evaluation and verbal expression.
This survey focuses on the use of a mobile robot for autonomous exploration of an initially unknown environment. Here, "exploration" is defined as a task whose final or intermediate result is a model of the environment.
The scope of the survey includes the following aspects:
Since there has been a lot of work in the area of environmental modeling by mobile robots, due to the requirements of the candidacy exam for scope and effort, I had to make the following restrictions and exclusions: