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Visual SLAM - An Emerging Technology


Visual SLAM is the process of making maps and staying localized using mainly visual information. VSLAM is challenging because of full 3D motion, the volume of visual information, and the geometry perspective projection. Recent advances have shown the possibility of doing realtime VSLAM over extended regions, indoors and outdoors. This workshop will bring together researchers interested in sharing their latest research, data, and future directions. We will distribute datasets beforehand on which participants can test their systems, to facilitate comparison of techniques.

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Motivation and objectives

There has been an explosion of research in VSLAM, driven from both the fields of robot mapping with laser sensors, and vision research for mobile robots. There has been a lot of progress, with many new and interesting techniques developed and deployed in different environments. This workshop will be useful in bringing together researchers to talk about the successes and limitations of their tehcniques, and how they will approach the significant problems still remaining. A particular motivation is to see how different systems perform on standard datasets, since it is often difficult to judge comparative performance from separate papers. We will provide several types of datasets, both indoor and outdoor, several months before the workshop. We will ask presenters to exercise their systems on the datasets, and fill out a performance worksheet, which will be analyzed and distributed at the workshop.

Conference Organizers

Motilal Agrawal, SRI International
Kurt Konolige, SRI International

Date and Venue

This workshop will be held on Friday, Nov 2 2007 at San Diego in conjunction with IROS 2007 and will consist of a series of invited talks and a panel discussion by leading researchers in this field


To be announced

Paper Submission


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