Localize


level_3


Goal - Make Pepper localize himself inside an ExplorationMap, previously built by a LocalizeAndMap action.

// Get an exploration map.
ExplorationMap explorationMap = ...;

// Build the action.
Localize localize = LocalizeBuilder.with(qiContext)
                                   .withMap(explorationMap)
                                   .build();

// Run the action asynchronously.
localize.async().run();

Typical usage - You want Pepper to localize himself and move around his environment, without drifting or losing track of his position relatively to his surroundings.


How it works

To enable Pepper to keep track of his location in his environment, you should first map this environment by using a LocalizeAndMap action. The result ExplorationMap can be used to build a Localize action.

// Get an exploration map.
ExplorationMap explorationMap = ...;

// Build the action.
Localize localize = LocalizeBuilder.with(qiContext)
                                   .withMap(explorationMap)
                                   .build();

// Run the action asynchronously.
localize.async().run();

To create an ExplorationMap, refer to LocalizeAndMap and ExplorationMap.

Use case

Make Pepper localize himself

As long as the Localize is running, Pepper keeps track of his position relatively to his environment. This means the user can call, for example, robotFrame.computeTransform(mapFrame) to know the robot position relatively to the map frame, which is where the robot was when he started the LocalizeAndMap action that was used to generate his ExplorationMap.

Performance & Limitations

Odometry drift when no Localize or LocalizeAndMap is running

If no Localize or LocalizeAndMap action is running, the robot does not keep track of his position relatively to his environment, and only uses proprioceptive information when moving.

This means that while moving, Pepper accumulates odometry drift. If Pepper were to move back and forth for a long time, it would drift and no longer be at the place he would be supposed to be.

Sensibility to environment

The localization process uses exteroceptive information to compute Pepper’s location in his environment. It mainly uses laser sensors information, and those only see obstacles up to a few meters. In an open environment, Pepper will get little information and the localization process might give inconsistent results.

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