[robotics-worldwide] Call for Submissions: SLAM Evaluation Workshop at RSS 2011

Michael Kaess kaess at MIT.EDU
Mon May 30 20:13:42 PDT 2011

SLAM Evaluation Workshop at RSS 2011

When: July 1st, 2011
Where: at USC in Los Angeles, CA
Website: http://slameval.willowgarage.com/workshop

Submissions and Awards
What to submit: SLAM executables for evaluation
Deadline: June 24th, 2011
Awards: $1000, sponsored by Willow Garage
For details, please see the workshop website

- Michael Kaess, MIT
- Giorgio Grisetti, Sapienza University of Rome / University of Freiburg
- Kai Ni, Microsoft / Georgia Institute of Technology

Steering Committee
- Wolfram Burgard, University of Freiburg
- Frank Dellaert, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Kurt Konolige, Willow Garage
- John Leonard, MIT
- Ed Olson, University of Michigan
- Cyrill Stachniss, University of Freiburg

Due to its high relevance, Simultaneous Localization and Mapping
(SLAM) is one of the most deeply investigated fields in mobile
robotics. Over the last two decades hundreds of publications
addressing the topic have been produced, and effective approaches are
nowadays available. However, having such a large choice can become an
issue both for the SLAM user that does not know what to select and for
the SLAM researcher that has to compare their method with hundreds of
others. These problems could be solved by an automated and open SLAM
evaluation system. However, the construction of such a system poses
different conceptual and practical problems, such as: What are the
properties of interest? How to measure them? And how to compare
heterogeneous systems? In this workshop, we will discuss how to answer
these questions and we will present a system to compare a well defined
sub-problem in the domain of graph-based SLAM systems, the

Solicited are submissions of executables of incremental SLAM
algorithms for evaluation of runtime and accuracy. The executables
will be tested under Ubuntu Linux 10.04 x64. Based on a simple
protocol, the SLAM executable will receive instructions and
constraints through standard input, and is expected to answer to
standard output. The interface allows simple swapping of algorithms
and is expected to be useful beyond the evaluation system.

For more details on submissions and awards, please see the workshop
web page at http://slameval.willowgarage.com/workshop.

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