|Title||Visually Navigating the RMS Titanic with SLAM Information Filters|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2005|
|Authors||Eustice R, Singh H, Leonard JJ, Walter M, Ballard R|
This paper describes a vision-based large-area simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) algorithm that respects the constraints of low-overlap imagery typical of underwater vehicles while exploiting the information associated with the inertial sensors that are routinely available on such platforms. We present a novel strategy for efficiently accessing and maintaining consistent covariance bounds within a SLAM information filter, greatly increasing the reliability of data association. The technique is based upon solving a sparse system of linear equations coupled with the application of constant-time Kalman updates. The method is shown to produce consistent covariance estimates suitable for robot planning and data association. Realworld results are presented for a vision-based 6 DOF SLAM implementation using data from a recent ROV survey of the wreck of the RMS Titanic.