GIS map based mobile robot navigation in urban environments

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International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR)





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A Mobile robots need information about its spatial environment to solve any task in a robust, reliable and continuous form. This is usually encoded in a so-called map. We propose the use of a standard, human-readable existing GIS map for robot navigation in urban scenarios. A centralized GIS map server architecture is presented to which a robot or team of robots can connect by using a developed communication protocol. The system is scalable to large environments and large groups of robots. Furthermore it demonstrates the possibility for a robot to accurately navigate by using an already existing map which has not been constructed using the robot own sensors. Details of the implemented system architecture as well as a position tracking experiment in a real outdoor environments a University Campus, are provided.



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GIS, mobile robots, urban navigation

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J. M. Mirats Tur, C. Zinggerling and A. Corominas Murtra. GIS map based mobile robot navigation in urban environments, 14th International Conference on Advanced Robotics, 2009, Munich, pp. 1-6.