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Robust Monte Carlo Localization for Mobile Robots
, 2001
"... Mobile robot localization is the problem of determining a robot's pose from sensor data. This article presents a family of probabilistic localization algorithms known as Monte Carlo Localization (MCL). MCL algorithms represent a robot's belief by a set of weighted hypotheses (samples), whi ..."
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Mobile robot localization is the problem of determining a robot's pose from sensor data. This article presents a family of probabilistic localization algorithms known as Monte Carlo Localization (MCL). MCL algorithms represent a robot's belief by a set of weighted hypotheses (samples), which approximate the posterior under a common Bayesian formulation of the localization problem. Building on the basic MCL algorithm, this article develops a more robust algorithm called MixtureMCL, which integrates two complimentary ways of generating samples in the estimation. To apply this algorithm to mobile robots equipped with range finders, a kernel density tree is learned that permits fast sampling. Systematic empirical results illustrate the robustness and computational efficiency of the approach.
Robotic mapping: A survey
 Exploring Artificial Intelligence in the New Millenium
"... This article provides a comprehensive introduction into the field of robotic mapping, with a focus on indoor mapping. It describes and compares various probabilistic techniques, as they are presently being applied to a vast array of mobile robot mapping problems. The history of robotic mapping is al ..."
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This article provides a comprehensive introduction into the field of robotic mapping, with a focus on indoor mapping. It describes and compares various probabilistic techniques, as they are presently being applied to a vast array of mobile robot mapping problems. The history of robotic mapping is also described, along with an extensive list of open research problems.
An Online Mapping Algorithm for Teams of Mobile Robots
 International Journal of Robotics Research
, 2001
"... We propose a new probabilistic algorithm for online mapping of unknown environments with teams of robots. At the core of the algorithm is a technique that combines fast maximum likelihood map growing with a Monte Carlo localizer that uses particle representations. The combination of both yields an o ..."
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We propose a new probabilistic algorithm for online mapping of unknown environments with teams of robots. At the core of the algorithm is a technique that combines fast maximum likelihood map growing with a Monte Carlo localizer that uses particle representations. The combination of both yields an online algorithm that can cope with large odometric errors typically found when mapping an environment with cycles. The algorithm can be implemented distributedly on multiple robot platforms, enabling a team of robots to cooperatively generate a single map of their environment. Finally, an extension is described for acquiring threedimensional maps, which capture the structure and visual appearance of indoor environments in 3D.
Vision for Mobile Robot Navigation: A Survey
 IEEE, TRANS. PAMI
, 2002
"... This paper surveys the developments of the last 20 years in the area of vision for mobile robot navigation. Two major components of the paper deal with indoor navigation and outdoor navigation. For each component, we have further subdivided our treatment of the subject on the basis of structured an ..."
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This paper surveys the developments of the last 20 years in the area of vision for mobile robot navigation. Two major components of the paper deal with indoor navigation and outdoor navigation. For each component, we have further subdivided our treatment of the subject on the basis of structured and unstructured environments. For indoor robots in structured environments, we have dealt separately with the cases of geometrical and topological models of space. For unstructured environments, we have discussed the cases of navigation using optical flows, using methods from the appearancebased paradigm, and by recognition of specific objects in the environment.
Probabilistic Algorithms in Robotics
 AI Magazine vol
"... This article describes a methodology for programming robots known as probabilistic robotics. The probabilistic paradigm pays tribute to the inherent uncertainty in robot perception, relying on explicit representations of uncertainty when determining what to do. This article surveys some of the progr ..."
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This article describes a methodology for programming robots known as probabilistic robotics. The probabilistic paradigm pays tribute to the inherent uncertainty in robot perception, relying on explicit representations of uncertainty when determining what to do. This article surveys some of the progress in the field, using indepth examples to illustrate some of the nuts and bolts of the basic approach. Our central conjecture is that the probabilistic approach to robotics scales better to complex realworld applications than approaches that ignore a robot’s uncertainty. 1
Adapting the Sample Size in Particle Filters Through KLDSampling
 International Journal of Robotics Research
, 2003
"... Over the last years, particle filters have been applied with great success to a variety of state estimation problems. In this paper we present a statistical approach to increasing the efficiency of particle filters by adapting the size of sample sets during the estimation process. ..."
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Over the last years, particle filters have been applied with great success to a variety of state estimation problems. In this paper we present a statistical approach to increasing the efficiency of particle filters by adapting the size of sample sets during the estimation process.
Learning Topological Maps with Weak Local Odometric Information
 IN PROCEEDINGS OF IJCAI97. IJCAI, INC
, 1997
"... Topological maps provide a useful abstraction for robotic navigation and planning. Although stochastic maps can theoretically be learned using the BaumWelch algorithm, without strong prior constraint on the structure of the model it is slow to converge, requires a great deal of data, and is o ..."
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Topological maps provide a useful abstraction for robotic navigation and planning. Although stochastic maps can theoretically be learned using the BaumWelch algorithm, without strong prior constraint on the structure of the model it is slow to converge, requires a great deal of data, and is often stuck in local minima. In this paper, we consider a special case of hidden Markov models for robotnavigation environments, in which states are associated with points in a metric configuration space. We assume that the robot has some odometric ability to measure relative transformations between its configurations. Such odometry is typically not precise enough to suffice for building a global map, but it does give valuable local information about relations between adjacent states. We present an extension of the BaumWelch algorithm that takes advantage of this local odometric information, yielding faster convergence to better solutions with less data.
Integrating GridBased and Topological Maps for Mobile Robot Navigation
, 1996
"... Research on mobile robot navigation has produced two major paradigms for mapping indoor environments: gridbased and topological. While gridbased methods produce accurate metric maps, their complexity often prohibits efficient planning and problem solving in largescale indoor environments. Topolog ..."
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Research on mobile robot navigation has produced two major paradigms for mapping indoor environments: gridbased and topological. While gridbased methods produce accurate metric maps, their complexity often prohibits efficient planning and problem solving in largescale indoor environments. Topological maps, on the other hand, can be used much more efficiently, yet accurate and consistent topological maps are considerably difficult to learn in largescale environments. This paper describes an approach that integrates both paradigms: gridbased and topological. Gridbased maps are learned using artificial neural networks and Bayesian integration. Topological maps are generated on top of the gridbased maps, by partitioning the latter into coherent regions. By combining both paradigms—gridbased and topological—, the approach presented here gains the best of both worlds: accuracy/consistency and efficiency. The paper gives results for autonomously operating a mobile robot equipped with sonar sensors in populated multiroom environments.
Particle Filters for Mobile Robot Localization
, 2001
"... This article describes a family of methods, known as Monte Carlo localization (MCL) (Dellaert at al. 1999b, Fox et al. 1999b). The MCL algorithm is a particle filter combined with probabilistic models of robot perception and motion. Building on this, we will describe a variation of MCL which uses a ..."
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This article describes a family of methods, known as Monte Carlo localization (MCL) (Dellaert at al. 1999b, Fox et al. 1999b). The MCL algorithm is a particle filter combined with probabilistic models of robot perception and motion. Building on this, we will describe a variation of MCL which uses a different proposal distribution (a mixture distribution) that facilitates fast recovery from global localization failures. As we will see, this proposal distribution has a range of advantages over that used in standard MCL, but it comes at the price that it is more difficult to implement, and it requires an algorithm for sampling poses from sensor measurements, which might be difficult to obtain. Finally, we will present an extension of MCL to cooperative multirobot localization of robots that can perceive each other during localization. All these approaches have been tested thoroughly in practice. Experimental results are provided to demonstrate their relative strengths and weaknesses in practical robot applications.
Map Learning and HighSpeed Navigation in RHINO
, 1998
"... This chapter surveys basic methods for learning maps and high speed autonomous navigation for indoor mobile robots. The methods have been developed in our lab over the past few years, and most of them have been tested thoroughly in various indoor environments. The chapter is targeted towards researc ..."
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This chapter surveys basic methods for learning maps and high speed autonomous navigation for indoor mobile robots. The methods have been developed in our lab over the past few years, and most of them have been tested thoroughly in various indoor environments. The chapter is targeted towards researchers and engineers who attempt to build reliable mobile robot navigation software.