Bayesian Calibration for Monte Carlo Localization

Armita Kaboli, Michael Bowling, and Petr Musilek. Bayesian Calibration for Monte Carlo Localization. In Proceedings of the Twenty-First National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), pp. 964–969, 2006.


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Localization is a fundamental challenge for autonomous robotics. Although accurate and efficient techniques now exist for solving this problem, they require explicit probabilistic models of the robot's motion and sensors. These models are usually obtained from time-consuming and error-prone measurement or tedious manual tuning. In this paper we examine automatic calibration of sensor and motion models from a Bayesian perspective. We introduce an efficient MCMC procedure for sampling from the posterior distribution of the model parameters. We also present a novel extension of particle filters to make use of our posterior parameter samples. Finally, we demonstrate our approach both in simulation and on a physical robot. Our results demonstrate effective inference of model parameters as well as a paradoxical result that using posterior parameter samples can produce more accurate position estimates than the true parameters.


  title = "Bayesian Calibration for {M}onte {C}arlo Localization",
  author = "Armita Kaboli and Michael Bowling and Petr Musilek",
  booktitle = "Proceedings of the Twenty-First National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)",
  year = "2006",
  pages = "964--969",
  AcceptRate = "30\%",
  AcceptNumbers = "236 of 774"

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