///Cong Li – MSR Thesis Talk
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MSR Speaking Qualifier


Cong Li MSR Student Robotics Institute,
Carnegie Mellon University
Wednesday, July 31
2:00 pm
- 3:30 pm
NSH 4305
Cong Li – MSR Thesis Talk

Title: Multi-Sensor Fusion for Robust Simultaneous Localization and Mapping



Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) consists of the estimation of the state of the robot, and the reconstruction of the surrounding environment simultaneously. Over the last few decades, numerous state-of-the-art SLAM algorithms are proposed and frequently utilized in the robotics community. However, a SLAM algorithm might be fragile or even fail due to imperfect sensor data, uncontrived environments and hardware failures. Furthermore, many approaches sacrifice loop closure and reduce to odometry, which might suffer from accumulated drift. In addition, most of the SLAM systems only provide metric representations for mapping, which is difficult for high-level robot tasks. In this thesis, we first explore the integration of the monocular camera, one Light Detection and Ranging (Lidar), and the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) to achieve the accurate and robust state estimation. We then propose one loop closure module combining camera and Lidar’s measurements to correct motion estimation drift. Finally, we propose one 3D semantic occupancy mapping framework integrating monocular vision, Lidar’s measurements and our state estimation system. We first test our state estimation system on the publicly available datasets as well as challenging custom collected datasets. Then, a series of experiments are conducted to demonstrate the effectiveness of the loop closure module. Finally, the KITTI odometry dataset is used to demonstrate our 3D semantic occupancy mapping framework. The experimental results indicate that our proposed state estimation system works well in various challenging environments and an accurate large-scale semantic 3D map can be constructed.


George Kantor (advisor, RI)

Michael Kaess (RI)

Ming Hsiao (PhD, RI)