Outdoor Navigation, Mapping and Understanding with Vision and Laser
Speaker: Paul Newman , University of OxfordContact:
Date: April 7 2009
Time: 4:00PM to 5:00PM
Location: 32-D463 Stata Center - Star Conference Room
Host: Daniela Rus, MIT CSAIL
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The SLAM problem as originally posed is now well understood; one might say "solved" in small local areas. There is, however, much to be done in producing useful maps and representations of truly large workspaces and in obtaining sustained and robust operation within them. This talk will describe work on these issues and will review our work on appearance based and metric navigation and mapping over large scales and in particular how it solves the "loop closing" problem which plagues online infrastructure-free navigation algorithms. We shall also review work on detailed acquisition and semantic labelling of workspaces using both laser and appearance information. In summary the "L" is done but the "M" needs work.
Paul Newman obtained an M.Eng. in Engineering Science from Oxford University in 1995. He then undertook a Ph.D. in autonomous navigation at the Australian Center for Field Robotics, University of Sydney, Australia. In 1999 he returned to the United Kingdom to work in the commercial sub-sea navigation industry. In late 2000 he joined the Dept of Ocean Engineering at M.I.T. where as a post-doc and later a research scientist, he worked on algorithms and software for robust autonomous navigation for both land and sub-sea agents. In early 2003 he returned to Oxford as a Departmental Lecturer in Engineering Science before being appointed to a University Lectureship in Information Engineering and becoming a Fellow of New College in 2005. He heads the Oxford Mobile robotics Research group and has research interests in pretty much anything to do with autonomous navigation but particularly Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping. He is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Robotics Research and The Journal of Field Robotics and is a IEEE R.A.S European Distinguished Lecturer for 2008 and 2009.
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