Sonar mapping of a mobile robot considering position uncertainty

Byung Kwon Min, Dong Woo Cho, Sang Jo Lee, Young Pil Park

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This paper suggests a new sonar mapping method considering the position uncertainty of a mobile robot. Sonar mapping is used for recognizing the unknown environment for a mobile robot during navigation. Usually accumulated position error of a mobile robot causes considerable deterioration of the quality of a constructed map. In this paper, therefore, a new Bayesian probability map construction method is proposed, which considers estimation of the position error of a mobile robot. In this method, we applied approximation transformation theory to estimate the position uncertainty of a real mobile robot, and introduced cell ordering uncertainty caused by the position uncertainty of a robot in cell-based map updating. Through simulation we showed the effect of a robot's position uncertainty on the quality of a reconstructed map. Also, the developed methods were implemented on a real mobile robot, AMROYS-II, which was built in our laboratory and shown to be useful enough in a real environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-49
Number of pages9
JournalRobotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Mar

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Mathematics(all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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