Active Localization for Mobile Service Robots in Symmetrical and Open Environments

  • Federico Andrade Universidad de la República
  • Martín LLofriu Universidad de la República
  • Mercedes Marzoa Tanco Universidad de la República
  • Guillermo Trinidad Barnech Universidad de la República
  • Gonzalo Tejera Universidad de la República


As mobile service robots are increasingly being introduced into everyday human activities, it is essential to get service robots moving securely. Improve robot localization will lead to more secure and efficient robots. Passive localization systems for indoor environments are a mature area and have a good performance in environments with enough features; however, robots still could get lost in symmetrical or open areas. On the other hand, active localization systems improve localization by letting the robot choose where to move or point its sensors to improve the robot pose. In this paper, we address the problem of active localization in the context of the indoor position tracking problem in very symmetrical and open environments. Our active localization system’s main contributions are: (i) introduce two cluster algorithms to group pose hypotheses, (ii) use a reduced map for searching informative points, and (iii) perform only rotational actions to point the sensor to the selected point without drift the robot from the navigation path. The system demonstrated a significant decrease in ground truth error and localization uncertainty in both simulated and real robot experiments.
Palavras-chave: Location awareness, Uncertainty, Simultaneous localization and mapping, Service robots, Tracking, Clustering algorithms, Sensor systems
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ANDRADE, Federico; LLOFRIU, Martín; TANCO, Mercedes Marzoa; BARNECH, Guillermo Trinidad; TEJERA, Gonzalo. Active Localization for Mobile Service Robots in Symmetrical and Open Environments. In: SIMPÓSIO BRASILEIRO DE ROBÓTICA E SIMPÓSIO LATINO AMERICANO DE ROBÓTICA (SBR/LARS), 13. , 2021, Online. Anais [...]. Porto Alegre: Sociedade Brasileira de Computação, 2021 . p. 270-275.