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Simultaneous sensing of location and mapping for autonomous robots

Richard Bloss (Associate Editor, Sensor Review)

Sensor Review

ISSN: 0260-2288

Article publication date: 28 March 2008

Abstract

Purpose

To describe an innovative new technology, simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), for creating maps and localization for autonomous robot operations.

Design/methodology/approach

A series of stereo cameras gather images of a 3D area. A software package then analyzes the images to create a 3D map of the area and to monitor the real‐time location of the robot in the area.

Findings

The SLAM approach will open up the range of possible autonomous mobile robot applications, especially service and non‐industrial applications.

Practical implications

The scalable SLAM system and algorithms will enable improved performance in current as well as new mobile autonomous robot applications.

Originality/value

Users now have a totally new means for creating “maps” for autonomous mobile robotic activities.

Keywords

Citation

Bloss, R. (2008), "Simultaneous sensing of location and mapping for autonomous robots", Sensor Review, Vol. 28 No. 2, pp. 102-107. https://doi.org/10.1108/02602280810856651

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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