CORDIS
EU research results

CORDIS

English EN
Instant SLAM: Ultimate Performance in Visual Localisation and Mapping

Instant SLAM: Ultimate Performance in Visual Localisation and Mapping

Objective

In recent breakthrough work at the boundary of robotics and computer vision, I demonstrated that the core `Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping' (SLAM) approach of probabilistic map-building for mobile robots can be applied to real-time 3D motion estimation from the image stream from a single agile camera. Now I propose to take this line of research to its logical conclusion by investigating a paradigm of `Instant SLAM'. Can monocular visual SLAM be pushed far enough to estimate in real-time the motion of cameras potentially moving and accelerating very rapidly, turned on at arbitrary times and pointed at arbitrary scenes? Is is possible to develop a real-time vision algorithm, running on the standard processors of today or the near future, which can accurately track the motion of a camera attached to flying or bouncing robot, carried by a running person or even just thrown across a room? The ability to track camera motion with so few restrictions on dynamics and prior knowledge would turn simple webcam-type or embedded camera modules into truly flexible, low cost, go-anywhere position sensors with any number of applications in robotics, wearable computing and beyond. Achieving this goal requires both theoretical and practical research on extracting with ultimate efficiency the motion information available in an image sequence, with emphasis on high frame-rate capture, information-theoretic analysis, optimised probabilistic filtering and the relaxation of prior assumptions.

Principal Investigator

Andrew John Davison (Dr.)

Host institution

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

Address

South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
Sw7 2az London

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 613 659

Principal Investigator

Andrew John Davison (Dr.)

Administrative Contact

Shaun Power (Mr.)

Beneficiaries (1)

Sort alphabetically

Sort by EU Contribution

Expand all

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 613 659

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 210346

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2008

  • End date

    31 August 2013

Funded under:

FP7-IDEAS-ERC

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 613 659

  • EU contribution

    € 1 613 659

Hosted by:

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom