Robotics: Science and Systems I

Information Gain-based Exploration Using Rao-Blackwellized Particle Filters

Cyrill Stachniss, Giorgio Grisetti, Wolfram Burgard

Abstract: This paper presents an integrated approach to exploration, mapping, and localization. Our algorithm uses a highly efficient Rao-Blackwellized particle filter to represent the posterior about maps and poses. It applies a decision-theoretic framework which simultaneously considers the uncertainty in the map and in the pose of the vehicle to evaluate potential actions. Thereby, it trades off the cost of executing an action with the expected information gain and takes into account possible sensor measurements gathered along the path taken by the robot. We furthermore describe how to utilize the properties of the Rao-Blackwellization to efficiently compute the expected information gain. We present experimental results obtained in the real world and in simulation to demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach.



    AUTHOR    = {Cyrill Stachniss and Giorgio Grisetti and Wolfram Burgard},
    TITLE     = {Information Gain-based Exploration
                 Using {Rao-Blackwellized} Particle Filters},
    BOOKTITLE = {Proceedings of Robotics: Science and Systems},
    YEAR      = {2005},
    ADDRESS   = {Cambridge, USA},
    MONTH     = {June},
    DOI       = {10.15607/RSS.2005.I.009}