Probabilistic localization with a blind robot

Lawrence Erickson, Joseph Knuth, Jason M. O'Kane, Steven M. LaValle
In Proc. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation

Abstract Researchers have addressed the localization problem for mobile robots using many different kinds of sensors, including rangefinders, cameras, and odometers. In this paper, we consider localization using a robot that is virtually "blind", having only a clock and contact sensor at its disposal. This represents a drastic reduction in sensing requirements, even in light of existing work that considers localization with limited sensing. We present probabilistic techniques that represent and update the robot's position uncertainty and algorithms to reduce this uncertainty. We demonstrate the experimental effectiveness of these methods using a Roomba autonomous vacuum cleaner robot in laboratory environments.

  author = {Lawrence Erickson and Joseph Knuth and Jason M. O'Kane and
            Steven M. LaValle},
  booktitle = {Proc. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and
  title = {Probabilistic localization with a blind robot},
  year = {2008}

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