Feature-based SLAM for Imaging Sonar with Under-constrained Landmarks

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“Feature-based SLAM for Imaging Sonar with Under-constrained Landmarks” by E. Westman, A. Hinduja, and M. Kaess. In IEEE Intl. Conf. on Robotics and Automation, ICRA, (Brisbane, Australia), May 2018.

Abstract

Recent algorithms have demonstrated the feasibility of underwater feature-based SLAM using imaging sonar. But previous methods have either relied on manual feature extraction and correspondence or used prior knowledge of the scene, such as the planar scene assumption. Our proposed system provides a general-purpose method for feature-point extraction and correspondence in arbitrary scenes. Additionally, we develop a method of identifying point landmarks that are likely to be well-constrained and reliably reconstructed. Finally, we demonstrate that while under-constrained landmarks cannot be accurately reconstructed themselves, they can still be used to constrain and correct the sensor motion. These advances represent a large step towards general-purpose, feature-based SLAM with imaging sonar.

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BibTeX entry:

@inproceedings{Westman18icra,
   author = {E. Westman and A. Hinduja and M. Kaess},
   title = {Feature-based {SLAM} for Imaging Sonar with Under-constrained
	Landmarks},
   booktitle = {IEEE Intl. Conf. on Robotics and Automation, ICRA},
   address = {Brisbane, Australia},
   month = may,
   year = {2018}
}
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