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A Platform for Indoor Localisation, Mapping, and Data Collection using an Autonomous Vehicle

Coroiu, Teodor LU and Hinton, Oscar LU (2017) In Master's Theses in Mathematical Sciences FMA820 20171
Mathematics (Faculty of Engineering)
Abstract
Everyone who has worked with research knows how rewarding experimenting and developing new algorithms can be. However in some cases, the hard part is not the invention of these algorithms, but their evaluation. To try and make that evaluation easier, this thesis focuses on the collection of data that can be used as positional ground truths using an autonomous measurement platform. This should assist Combain Mobile AB in the evaluation and improvement of their Wi-Fi based indoor positioning service.

How and which parts of the open-source community’s work in the Robot Operating System (ROS) project to utilise is not obvious. This thesis therefore sets out to build a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) which is capable of supporting two different... (More)
Everyone who has worked with research knows how rewarding experimenting and developing new algorithms can be. However in some cases, the hard part is not the invention of these algorithms, but their evaluation. To try and make that evaluation easier, this thesis focuses on the collection of data that can be used as positional ground truths using an autonomous measurement platform. This should assist Combain Mobile AB in the evaluation and improvement of their Wi-Fi based indoor positioning service.

How and which parts of the open-source community’s work in the Robot Operating System (ROS) project to utilise is not obvious. This thesis therefore sets out to build a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) which is capable of supporting two different use cases: measure and explore inside an unknown environment, and measure inside a known environment given a map. This effectively leaves Combain with a viable product, and indirectly helps the community by aiding it in comparing and recommending the best tools and software libraries for the task.

The result of this thesis ends up recommending the following for measuring inside an unknown environment: the Simultaneous Localisation And Mapping (SLAM) algorithm Google Cartographer for navigation, and the exploration algorithm Hector Exploration for planning the exploration. To measure inside a known environment the following is recommended: the Adaptive Monte Carlo Localisation (AMCL) positioning algorithm and the Spanning Tree Covering algorithm. (Less)
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Data har många användningsområden inom både forskning och industri. I detta examensarbete skapades en platform som självgående kan användas för att samla in stora mängder data från omgivningen.
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author
Coroiu, Teodor LU and Hinton, Oscar LU
supervisor
organization
course
FMA820 20171
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Area Coverage, Autonomous Vehicles, Exploration, Robotic Operating System, ROS, SLAM, Simultaneous Localisation And Mapping, Wi-Fi
publication/series
Master's Theses in Mathematical Sciences
report number
LUTFMA-3317-2017
ISSN
1404-6342
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2017:E25
language
English
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8915402
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2017-06-20 15:04:01
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  abstract     = {Everyone who has worked with research knows how rewarding experimenting and developing new algorithms can be. However in some cases, the hard part is not the invention of these algorithms, but their evaluation. To try and make that evaluation easier, this thesis focuses on the collection of data that can be used as positional ground truths using an autonomous measurement platform. This should assist Combain Mobile AB in the evaluation and improvement of their Wi-Fi based indoor positioning service.

How and which parts of the open-source community’s work in the Robot Operating System (ROS) project to utilise is not obvious. This thesis therefore sets out to build a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) which is capable of supporting two different use cases: measure and explore inside an unknown environment, and measure inside a known environment given a map. This effectively leaves Combain with a viable product, and indirectly helps the community by aiding it in comparing and recommending the best tools and software libraries for the task.

The result of this thesis ends up recommending the following for measuring inside an unknown environment: the Simultaneous Localisation And Mapping (SLAM) algorithm Google Cartographer for navigation, and the exploration algorithm Hector Exploration for planning the exploration. To measure inside a known environment the following is recommended: the Adaptive Monte Carlo Localisation (AMCL) positioning algorithm and the Spanning Tree Covering algorithm.},
  author       = {Coroiu, Teodor and Hinton, Oscar},
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  keyword      = {Area Coverage,Autonomous Vehicles,Exploration,Robotic Operating System,ROS,SLAM,Simultaneous Localisation And Mapping,Wi-Fi},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {Master's Theses in Mathematical Sciences},
  title        = {A Platform for Indoor Localisation, Mapping, and Data Collection using an Autonomous Vehicle},
  year         = {2017},
}