Affordable SLAM through the co-design of hardware and methodology

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Affordable SLAM through the co-design of hardware and methodology
— Simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) is a prominent feature for autonomous robots operating in undefined environments. Applications areas such as consumer robotics appliances would clearly benefit from low-cost and compact SLAM implementations. The SLAM research community has developed several robust algorithms in the course of the last two decades. However, until now most SLAM demonstrators have relied on expensive sensors or large processing power, limiting their realms of application. Several works have explored optimizations into various directions; however none has presented a global optimization from the mechatronic to the algorithmic level. In this article, we present a solution to the SLAM problem based on the co-design of a slim rotating distance scanner, a lightweight SLAM software, and an optimization methodology. The scanner consists of a set of infrared distance sensors mounted on a contactless rotating platform. The SLAM algorithm is an adaptation of FastSLA...
Stéphane Magnenat, Valentin Longchamp, Mich
Added 26 Jan 2011
Updated 26 Jan 2011
Type Journal
Year 2010
Where ICRA
Authors Stéphane Magnenat, Valentin Longchamp, Michael Bonani, Philippe Retornaz, Paolo Germano, Hannes Bleuler, Francesco Mondada
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