Recursive decentralized collaborative localization for sparsely communicating robots

Lukas Luft, Tobias Schubert, Stergios I. Roumeliotis, Wolfram Burgard

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Abstract

This paper provides a new fully-decentralized algorithm for Collaborative Localization based on the extended Kalman filter. The major challenge in decentralized collaborative localization is to track inter-robot dependencies - which is particularly difficult in situations where sustained synchronous communication between robots cannot be guaranteed. Current approaches suffer from the need for particular communication schemes, extensive bookkeeping of measurements, overlyconservative assumptions, or the restriction to specific measurement models. To the best of our knowledge, the algorithm we propose in this paper is the first one that tracks interrobot correlations while fulfilling all of the following relevant conditions: communication is limited to two robots that obtain a relative measurement, the algorithm is recursive in the sense that it does not require storage of measurements and each robot maintains only the latest estimate of its own pose, and it supports generic measurement models. These particularly hard conditions make the approach applicable to a wide range of multi-robot applications. Extensive experiments carried out using real world datasets demonstrate the improved performance of our method compared to several existing approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRobotics
Subtitle of host publicationScience and Systems XII, RSS 2016
EditorsDavid Hsu, Nancy Amato, Spring Berman, Sam Jacobs
PublisherMIT Press Journals
ISBN (Electronic)9780992374723
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
Event2016 Robotics: Science and Systems, RSS 2016 - Ann Arbor, United States
Duration: Jun 18 2016Jun 22 2016

Publication series

NameRobotics: Science and Systems
Volume12
ISSN (Electronic)2330-765X

Other

Other2016 Robotics: Science and Systems, RSS 2016
CountryUnited States
CityAnn Arbor
Period6/18/166/22/16

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This work has been partially supported by the European Commission under ERC-AG-PE7-267686-LIFENAV, the Graduate School of Robotics in Freiburg, and the State Graduate Funding Program of Baden-Württemberg.

Funding Information:
This work has been partially supported by the European Commission under ERC-AG-PE7-267686-LIFENAV, the Graduate School of Robotics in Freiburg, and the State Graduate Funding Program of Baden-W?rttemberg.

Publisher Copyright:
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