Orientation Only Loop-closing with Closed-form Trajectory Bending

Gijs Dubbelman, Peter Hansen, Brett Browning, and M Bernardine Dias
IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), May, 2012.


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Abstract
In earlier work closed-form trajectory bending was shown to provide an efficient and accurate out-of-core solution for loop-closing exactly sparse trajectories. Here we extend it to fuse exactly sparse trajectories, obtained from relative pose estimates, with absolute orientation data. This allows us to close-the-loop using absolute orientation data only. The benefit is that our approach does not rely on the observations from which the trajectory was estimated nor on the probabilistic links between poses in the trajectory. It therefore is highly efficient. The proposed method is compared against regular fusion and an iterative trajectory bending solution using a 5 km long urban trajectory. Proofs concerning optimality of our method are provided.

Keywords
Visual-odometry, SLAM, loop-closing, IMU fusion

Notes
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Field Robotics Center

Text Reference
Gijs Dubbelman, Peter Hansen, Brett Browning, and M Bernardine Dias, "Orientation Only Loop-closing with Closed-form Trajectory Bending," IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), May, 2012.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Dubbelman_2012_6977,
   author = "Gijs Dubbelman and Peter Hansen and Brett Browning and M Bernardine Dias",
   title = "Orientation Only Loop-closing with Closed-form Trajectory Bending",
   booktitle = "IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)",
   month = "May",
   year = "2012",
}