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Distributed Multirobot Exploration and Mapping

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6 Author(s)
D. Fox ; Dept. of Comput. Sci. & Eng., Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA ; J. Ko ; K. Konolige ; B. Limketkai
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Efficient exploration of unknown environments is a fundamental problem in mobile robotics. We present an approach to distributed multirobot mapping and exploration. Our system enables teams of robots to efficiently explore environments from different, unknown locations. In order to ensure consistency when combining their data into shared maps, the robots actively seek to verify their relative locations. Using shared maps, they coordinate their exploration strategies to maximize the efficiency of exploration. This system was evaluated under extremely realistic real-world conditions. An outside evaluation team found the system to be highly efficient and robust. The maps generated by our approach are consistently more accurate than those generated by manually measuring the locations and extensions of rooms and objects

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Proceedings of the IEEE  (Volume:94 ,  Issue: 7 )