A Self-Training Approach-Based Traversability Analysis for Mobile Robots in Urban Environments

Hyunsuk Lee, Woojin Chung

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Abstract

This paper presents a method for LiDAR sensor-based traversability analysis for autonomous mobile robots in urban environments. Although urban environments are structured environments, a typical terrain comprises hazardous regions for mobile robots. Therefore, a reliable method for detecting traversable regions is required to prevent robots from getting stuck in the middle of the road. Conventional approaches require considerable efforts to obtain a model for traversability analysis for a specific robot or environment. In particular, learning-based methods require explicit training data. This paper introduces a method for traversability mapping based on a self-training algorithm to eliminate the hand labeling process. A neural network was applied to the underlying classifier of the self-training algorithm. With our approach, the model can be learned with even weakly labeled data obtained from robot-specific parameters and the robot's footprint. In practical experiments, the self-trained model performed better performance than the existing supervised learning method. Moreover, as the fraction of unlabeled data increased, the performance also increased. Therefore, the demonstrations in the urban environments indicate the effectiveness of the proposed method for traversability mapping.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages3389-3394
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728190778
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event2021 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2021 - Xi'an, China
Duration: 2021 May 302021 Jun 5

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
Volume2021-May
ISSN (Print)1050-4729

Conference

Conference2021 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2021
Country/TerritoryChina
CityXi'an
Period21/5/3021/6/5

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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