Optimized motion strategies for localization in leader-follower formations

Xun S. Zhou, Ke X. Zhou, Stergios I. Roumeliotis

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Abstract

This paper addresses the problem of determining the optimal robot trajectory for localizing a robot follower in a leader-follower formation using robot-to-robot distance or bearing measurements. In particular, maintaining a perfect formation has been shown to reduce the localization accuracy (as compared to moving randomly), or even leads to loss of observability when only distance or bearing measurements are available and the robots move on parallel straight lines. To address this limitation, we allow the follower to slightly deviate from its desired formation-imposed position and seek to find the next best location where it should move to in order to minimize the uncertainty about its relative, with respect to the leader, position and orientation estimates. We formulate and solve this non-convex optimization problem analytically and show, through extensive simulations, that the proposed optimized motion strategy leads to significant localization accuracy improvement as compared to competing approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIROS'11 - 2011 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
Subtitle of host publicationCelebrating 50 Years of Robotics
Pages98-105
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011
Event2011 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems: Celebrating 50 Years of Robotics, IROS'11 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Sep 25 2011Sep 30 2011

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems

Other

Other2011 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems: Celebrating 50 Years of Robotics, IROS'11
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period9/25/119/30/11

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