Effectively Detecting Loop Closures using Point Cloud Density Maps

The ability to detect loop closures plays an essential role in any SLAM system. Loop closures allow correcting the drifting pose estimates from a sensor odometry pipeline. In this paper, we address the problem of effectively detecting loop closures in LiDAR SLAM systems in various environments with longer lengths of sequences and agnostic of the scanning pattern of the sensor. While many approaches for loop closures using 3D LiDAR sensors rely on individual scans, we propose the usage of local maps generated from locally consistent odometry estimates. Several recent approaches compute the maximum elevation map on a bird’s eye view projection of point clouds to compute feature descriptors. In contrast, we use a density image bird’s eye view representation, which is robust to viewpoint changes. The utilization of dense local maps allows us to reduce the complexity of features describing these maps, as well as the size of the database required to store these features over a long sequence. This yields a real-time application of our approach for a typical robotic 3D LiDAR sensor. We perform extensive experiments to evaluate our approach against other state-of-the-art approaches and show the benefits of our proposed approach.

  • Veröffentlicht in:
    IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
  • Typ:
    Inproceedings
  • Autoren:
    Gupta, Saurabh; Guadagnino, Tiziano; Mersch, Benedikt; Vizzo, Ignacio; Stachniss, Cyrill
  • Jahr:
    2024

Informationen zur Zitierung

Gupta, Saurabh; Guadagnino, Tiziano; Mersch, Benedikt; Vizzo, Ignacio; Stachniss, Cyrill: Effectively Detecting Loop Closures using Point Cloud Density Maps, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2024, https://www.ipb.uni-bonn.de/pdfs/gupta2024icra.pdf, Gupta.etal.2024a,

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