Doing a Part-time PhD from Newcastle University on the Simultaneous Localization and Mapping. Autonomous robotics and self-driving cars are hot topics today. In order to achieve autonomy, the robot would need to know:
- Its own location
- A map of its surrounding
This turns out to be a chicken and egg problem. In order to know its position (and orientation), the robot will need a map to reference to, in order to create a map, it needs to know its position. The solution is to do it at the same time in a probabilistic framework, and this is called SLAM.
I will post updates on my work on SLAM.