ICUAS'17 Paper Abstract


Paper ThC2.2

Annaiyan, Arun (University of Luxembourg, Interdisciplinary Centre for Security), Olivares-Mendez, Miguel A. (SnT - University of Luxembourg), Voos, Holger (University of Luxembourg)

Real-Time Graph-Based SLAM in Unknown Environments Using a Small UAV

Scheduled for presentation during the "See-and-avoid Systems - II" (ThC2), Thursday, June 15, 2017, 16:00−16:20, Salon AB

2017 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, June 13-16, 2017, Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay, Miami, FL,

This information is tentative and subject to change. Compiled on April 12, 2021

Keywords See-and-avoid Systems, Technology Challenges


Autonomous navigation of small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in cluttered environments is still a challenging problem. In this work, we present an approach based on graph slam and loop closure detection for online mapping of unknown outdoor environments using a small UAV. Here, we used an onboard front facing stereo camera as the primary sensor. The data extracted by the cameras are used by the graph-based slam algorithm to estimate the position and create the graph-nodes and construct the map. To avoid multiple detections of one single object as different objects and to identify re-visited locations, a loop closure detection is applied with optimization algorithm using the g2o toolbox to minimize the error. Furthermore, 3D occupancy map is used to represent the environment. This technique is used to save memory and computational time for the online processing. Real experiments are conducted in outdoor cluttered and open field environments. The experiment results show that our presented approach works under real time constraints, with an average time to process the nodes of the 3D map is 17.79ms.



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