Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Rolf recommended getting to know the work of the following people
I just jotted them down for future reference(The list may grow as I learn more about robotics and computer vision)

Sebastian Thrun (Stanford)
Wolfram Burgard (U Freiburg)
Dieter Fox

Mike Montermerlo
H. Durrant- Whyte
Alex Kleiner
Cyril Stachniss
Andreas Nuechter
Nagesh Adluru
Jan Elseberg

SLAM tutorial

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Reading papers

I looked at Mobile Robotics Manual and installed the software that came with the robot.

Next I read 3 papers and struggled with 2 of them.

  1. A Tutorial on Particle Filters for Online Nonlinear/Non-Gaussian Bayesian Tracking - M. Sanjeev, Sumin Maskell, 2002
  2. FastSLAM: A Factored Solution to the Simultaneous Localization and Mapping Problem - Michael Montemerlo, Sebastian Thrun
  3. Multi Robot Mapping using Force Field Simulation - Rolf Lakaemper

I am looking at the references for 1) and 2) to better understand the math. So far I found these websites to be useful reference as well.

I will keep adding them as I find more of them
Bellow is a list of preferred Journals and Conferences.

Comp. Vision Journals

Comp Vision Conferences

Robotics Journals

Robotics Conferences

Monday, April 26, 2010

Getting started

I met with Dr. Rolf on Friday, 23 April 2010. We spoke about the 2 robots he bought.
  1. Pioneer AT3
    Schunk Powercube PW70
    SICK LMS200
    BumleBee Stereo Cam
  2. Pioneer DX3
    8 sonars
    2 DoF Gripper
    LMS 100
Also discussed different software packages
  1. CARMEN Repository - open sourxe C++ robotics
  2. Aria - comes with the robots