Laser-based navigation enhanced with 3D time-of-flight data

F Yuan, A Swadzba, A Philippsen, O Engin, Marc Hanheide, S Wachsmuth

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30 Citations (Scopus)


Navigation and obstacle avoidance in robotics using planar laser scans has matured over the last decades. They basically enable robots to penetrate highly dynamic and populated spaces, such as people's home, and move around smoothly. However, in an unconstrained environment the two-dimensional perceptual space of a fixed mounted laser is not sufficient to ensure safe navigation. In this paper, we present an approach that pools a fast and reliable motion generation approach with modern 3D capturing techniques using a time-of-flight camera. Instead of attempting to implement full 3D motion control, which is computationally more expensive and simply not needed for the targeted scenario of a domestic robot, we introduce a ldquovirtual laserrdquo. For the originally solely laser-based motion generation the technique of fusing real laser measurements and 3D point clouds into a continuous data stream is 100% compatible and transparent. The paper covers the general concept, the necessary extrinsic calibration of two very different types of sensors, and exemplarily illustrates the benefit which is to avoid obstacles not being perceivable in the original laser scan.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2009. ICRA '09.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4244-2789-5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2009
EventIEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2009 (ICRA '09) -
Duration: 1 May 2009 → …


ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2009 (ICRA '09)
Period1/05/09 → …


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