Publication Detail

SLAM for Ship Hull Inspection using Exactly Sparse Extended Information Filters

Matthew Walter, Franz Hover, John Leonard
8 pp.
MITSG 08-50
$5.50 DOM / $7.50 INT

Many important missions for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), such as undersea inspection of ship hulls, require integrated navigation, control, and motion planning in complex, 3D environments. This paper describes a SLAM implementation using forward-looking sonar (FLS) data from a highly maneuverable, hovering AUV performing a ship hull
inspection mission. The Exactly Sparse Extended Information Filter (ESEIF) algorithm is applied to perform SLAM based
upon features manually selected within FLS images. The results demonstrate the ability to effectively map a ship hull in a
challenging marine environment. This provides a foundation for future work in which real-time SLAM will be integrated with motion planning and control to achieve autonomous coverage of a complete ship hull.

type: Workshops, proceedings, symposia

Parent Project

Project No.: 2007-R/RCM-20
Title: Adaptive Mapping of Complex 3-D Marine Environments