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In a multi-robot system, in which each of the robots constructs its own local map, it is necessary to perform the fusion of these maps into a global one. This task is normally performed in two different steps: by aligning the maps and then merging the data. This paper focusses on the first step: Map Alignment, which consists in obtaining the transformation between the local maps built independently. In this way, these local maps will have a common reference frame. In this paper, a collection of algorithms for solving the map alignment are analyzed under different conditions of noise in the data and intersection between local maps. This study is performed in a visual SLAM context, in which the robots construct landmark-based maps. The landmarks consist in 3D points captured from the environment and characterized by a visual descriptor.
Date of Conference: 15-18 Sept. 2008