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Third-party-funded project

Title:
Localization and Navigation for Autonomous Robots in Industrial and Service Environments Using Laser Radar

Project management at the University of Würzburg:

Participating scientists:

Abstract:
The design of landmark-independent navigation algorithms is necessary for the development of autonomous robots. The aim of our research is to broaden the methodical fundamentals, to develop efficent algorithms and to test them in production and service environments in close coorporation with the Siemens AG and the FAW Ulm. The available laser technology is robust, cheap and relatively precise. Due to methodical bottlenecks, it doesn't come completely into operation so far, and therefore, it shall be utilized for several application errors.

Our approach already considers characteristics of various real sceneries (e.g. unprecise sensor data, obstacles, problems with the compass, partial information) and it shall be extended to further requisites (motion, large maps). The main objective here is to enhance the robustness of our approach, to increase the success rate and furthermore to reduce significantly the time and memory complexity of the engaged methods to be able to perfom reliable and practicable self localization.

Projekt period: from 01.1996 to 06.2001

Funding institution:
DFG

Links:
project details