Improved Nonlinear Finite-Memory Estimation Approach for Mobile Robot Localization

Sang Su Lee, Dhong Hun Lee, Dong Kyu Lee, Choon Ki Ahn

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In this article, we present a new mobile robot localization algorithm. The Kalman filter (KF) and particle filter (PF), which are widely used in localization problems, may show poor performance or the divergence phenomenon due to the existence of disturbances or missing measurements. This article proposes an improved nonlinear finite-memory estimation (INFME) algorithm to overcome the performance degradation problem caused by linearization errors in existing finite-memory (FM) estimation methods. To ensure robustness against noise and disturbances, the INFME algorithm was designed with an FM structure based on the minimization of an objective function, which induces reduction of adverse effects of disturbances including the linearization error. It showed superior accurate, robust, real-time performance in real mobile robot localization experiments. The accuracy and robustness of the new algorithm were verified using harsh experimental scenarios including a kidnapped robot problem and a situation in which multiple missing measurements occurred.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3330-3338
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Oct 1


  • Finite-memory estimation (FME)
  • mobile robot localization
  • nonlinear estimation
  • wireless sensor network (WSN)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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