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User-Friendly SLAM Initialization


Event TitleSession TitleChairRoomStartEnd
Initialization and CalibrationStarting OverGudrun KlinkerH2-02 Hetzel Building Main Lecture Theatre04 Oct, 2013 11:00 AM04 Oct, 2013 12:30 PM
Alessandro Mulloni
Mahesh Ramachandran
Daniel Wagner
Gerhard Reitmayr
Raphael Grasset
Serafin Diaz
The development of new Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) techniques is quickly advancing in research communities and rapidly transitioning into commercial products. Creating accurate and high-quality SLAM maps relies on a robust initialization process. However, the robustness and usability of SLAM initialization for end-users has often been disregarded. This paper presents and evaluates a novel tracking system for 6DOF pose tracking between a single keyframe and the current camera frame, without any prior scene knowledge. Our system is particularly suitable for SLAM initialization, since it allows 6DOF pose tracking in the intermediate frames before a wide-enough baseline between two keyframes has formed. We investigate how our tracking system can be used to interactively guide users in performing an optimal motion for SLAM initialization. However, our findings from a pilot study indicate that the need for such motion can be completely hidden from the user and outsourced to our tracking system. Results from a second user study show that letting our tracking system create a SLAM map as soon as possible is a viable and usable solution. Our work provides important insight for SLAM systems, showing how our novel tracking system can be integrated with a user interface to support fast, robust and user-friendly SLAM initialization.