WiFi SLAM algorithms: an experimental comparison

Herranz, Fernando; Llamazares, Ángel; Molinos, Eduardo; Ocaña, Manuel; Sotelo, Miguel Ángel
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Year: 2016
Type of Publication: Article JCR
Keywords: WiFi; SLAM; SAM; Indoor
Journal: Robotica
Volume: 34
Number: 4
Pages: 837-858
Month: april
ISSN: 1469-8668
DOI: 10.1017/S0263574714001908
Localization and mapping in indoor environments, such as airports and hospitals, are key tasks for almost every robotic platform. Some researchers suggest the use of Range-Only (RO) sensors based on WiFi (Wireless Fidelity) technology with SLAM (Simultaneous Localization And Mapping) techniques to solve both problems. The current state of the art in RO SLAM is mainly focused on the filtering approach, while the study of smoothing approaches with RO sensors is quite incomplete. This paper presents a comparison between filtering algorithms, such as EKF and FastSLAM, and a smoothing algorithm, the SAM (Smoothing And Mapping). Experimental results are obtained in indoor environments using WiFi sensors. The results demonstrate the feasibility of the smoothing approach using WiFi sensors in an indoor environment.
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