High-Order Moment Models of Landmark Distribution for Local Homing Navigation

Changmin Lee, Daeeun Kim

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For local homing navigation, a mobile robot is supposed to return home using snapshots of the surrounding environment. It basically follows the snapshot model, comparing the home snapshot and the current view to determine the homing direction. In this paper, we suggest a high-order moment potential to describe the landmark feature distribution for local homing navigation. The moment potential function calculates the sum of products of the feature and the distance of landmark particles as a holistic view, allowing a high order of the distance. It effectively combines the range sensor values of landmarks in the current view and the visual features. By analogy with the moment in physics, the center of the moment is estimated as the reference point, which is the unique convergence point in the convex moment potential from any view, and using the property, the gradient of moment potential at the current position and home location can derive the homing vector. We provide a proof of convergence for any moment potential with order greater than or equal to one. Also, we demonstrate homing performances with various moment models in real environments to validate our models. The suggested moment models combining both landmark distance and visual feature have better performances than the visual information alone, and high-order moment potentials can be searched to obtain a better description of landmark distribution for a given environment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8552350
Pages (from-to)72137-72152
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Access
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea grant funded by the Korean Government (MSIT) under Grant 2017R1A2B4011455.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2013 IEEE.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)


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