Earth-fixed trajectory and map online estimation: Building on GES sensor-based SLAM filters

Pedro Lourenço, Bruno J. Guerreiro, Pedro Batista, Paulo Jorge Oliveira, Carlos Silvestre

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This paper addresses the problem of obtaining an Earth-fixed trajectory and map (ETM), with the associated uncertainty, using the sensor-based map provided by a globally asymptotically/exponentially stable (GES) SLAM filter. The algorithm builds on an optimization problem with a closed-form solution, and its uncertainty description is derived resorting to perturbation theory. The combination of the algorithm proposed in this paper with sensor-based SLAM filtering results in a complete SLAM methodology, which is directly applied to the three main different formulations: range-and-bearing, range-only, and bearing-only. Simulation and experimental results for all these formulations are included in this work to illustrate the performance of the proposed algorithm under realistic conditions. The ETM algorithm proposed in this paper is truly sensor-agnostic, as it only requires a sensor-based map and imposes no constraints on how this map is acquired nor how egomotion is captured. However, in the experiments presented herein, all the sensor-based filters use a sensor to measure the angular velocity and, for the range-only and bearing-only formulations, a sensor to measure the linear velocity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103552
JournalRobotics And Autonomous Systems
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020


  • Mapping
  • Perturbation theory
  • Procrustes problem
  • Robotics
  • SLAM


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