New Navigation System Allows Robots to Explore Alone

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New Navigation System Allows Robots to Explore Alone
Photo: Hordur Johannsson
The new mapping system was tested on the PR2 robot, a robotic wheelchair and a portable sensor suit.
A new system developed by researchers at CSAIL could one day allow robots to navigate uncertain environments without input from humans. The new approach is based off a technique called Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM), and will allow robots to continuously update the maps they use to traverse new areas as they gather more information about their surroundings using the Kinect camera.
 
Researchers also see the system being adapted for use by blind people looking to traverse crowded public spaces.
 
Learn more about CSAIL’s new robotic mapping system here.