Paper: Robust Photogeometric Localization over Time for Map-Centric Loop Closure

April 1st, 2019

PhotogeoSeq+: Robust Photogeometric Localization over Time for Map-Centric Loop Closure

Map-centric Simultaneous Localization And Mapping (SLAM) is emerging as an alternative of conventional graph-based SLAM for its accuracy and efficiency in long-term mapping problems.

However, in map-centric SLAM, the process of loop closure differs from that of conventional SLAM and the result of incorrect loop closure is more destructive and is not reversible.

In this letter, we present a tightly coupled photogeometric metric localization for the loop closure problem in map-centric SLAM. In particular, our method combines complementary constraints from LiDAR and camera sensors, and validates loop closure candidates with sequential observations.

The proposed method provides a visual evidence-based outlier rejection where failures caused by either place recognition or localization outliers can be effectively removed.

We demonstrate that the proposed method is not only as accurate as the conventional global ICP methods but is also robust to incorrect initial pose guesses.

Block diagram of the proposed PhotogeoSeq+ method.


Robust Photogeometric Localization over Time for Map-Centric Loop Closure. Park, Chanoh; Kim, Soohwan; Moghadam, Peyman; Guo, JD; Sridharan, Sridha; Fookes, Clinton. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L). 2019; 4(2):1768-1775. 2019-04-01 | Publication type: Journal Article

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Park, C., Kim, S., Moghadam, P., Guo, J., Sridharan, S., & Fookes, C. (2019). Robust Photogeometric Localization Over Time for Map-Centric Loop Closure. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 4(2), 1768-1775.


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