Autonomous exploration via regions of interest

R. Grabowski, P. Khosla, H. Choset
Proceedings 2003 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2003) (Cat. No.03CH37453)  
We describe a new paradigm for exploration of unknown spaces based on maximizing the understanding of obstacles rather than the exposure of free space. We look at the interaction between multiple sensor readings and how they combine to resolve obstacles. Taking a next best view approach, we generate an inverse sensor model that identifies regions in space where a new sensor reading has maximal utility with respect to increasing the resolution of that reading. Fusion of multiple models is
more » ... ed to generate regions of interest that direct exploration in s uch a way as to maximize the robots understanding of its space. These techniques are applied to a team of small robots called Millibots. 0-7803-7860-1/03/$17.00
doi:10.1109/iros.2003.1248887 dblp:conf/iros/GrabowskiKC03a fatcat:zqhl3wcvv5ao5csrgpvfbjp3aa