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In this paper, we present a novel technique for calibrating central omnidirectional cameras. The proposed procedure is very fast and completely automatic, as the user is only asked to collect a few images of a checker board, and click on its corner points. In contrast with previous approaches, this technique does not use any specific model of the(More)
In this paper, we present a flexible new technique for single viewpoint omnidirectional camera calibration. The proposed method only requires the camera to observe a planar pattern shown at a few different orientations. Either the camera or the planar pattern can be freely moved. No a priori knowledge of the motion is required, nor a specific model of the(More)
This paper presents an experimental evaluation of different line extraction algorithms on 2D laser scans for indoor environment. Six popular algorithms in mobile robotics and computer vision are selected and tested. Experiments are performed on 100 real data scans collected in an office environment with a map size of 80m /spl times/ 50m. Several comparison(More)
In this paper we consider the problem of simultaneously localizing all members of a team of robots. Each robot is equipped with proprioceptive sensors and exteroceptive sensors. The latter provide relative observations between the robots. Proprioceptive and exteroceptive data are fused with an Extended Kalman Filter. We derive the equations for this(More)
This paper investigates the visual-inertial structure from motion problem. A simple closed form solution to this problem is introduced. Special attention is devoted to identify the conditions under which the problem has a finite number of solutions. Specifically, it is shown that the problem can have a unique solution, two distinct solutions and infinite(More)
This paper presents a distributed Maximum A Posteriori (MAP) estimator for multi-robot Cooperative Localization (CL). As opposed to centralized MAP-based CL, the proposed algorithm reduces the memory and processing requirements by distributing data and computations amongst the robots. Specifically, a distributed data-allocation scheme is presented that(More)
This paper investigates the problem of vision and inertial data fusion. A sensor assembling that is constituted by one monocular camera, three orthogonal accelerometers, and three orthogonal gyroscopes is considered. The first paper contribution is the analytical derivation of all the observable modes, i.e., all the physical quantities that can be(More)
—This paper presents an error modeling of an odometry system for a synchronous-drive system and a possible strategy for evaluating this error. The odometry error is modeled by introducing four parameters characterizing its systematic and nonsystematic components (translational and rotational). The nonsystematic errors are expressed in terms of a covariance(More)
In this paper, the problem of localize two mobile robots is considered. The robots are equipped with proprioceptive sensors (like encoders) and exteroceptive sensors able to provide relative observations between them. In these observations, one robot detects and identifies the other one and measures some relative quantity. An observability analysis is(More)
Today, lightweight SLAM algorithms are needed in many embedded robotic systems. In this paper the orthogonal SLAM (OrthoSLAM ) algorithm is presented and empirically validated. The algorithm has constant time complexity in the state estimation and is capable to run real-time. The main contribution resides in the idea of reducing the complexity by means of(More)