Best Paper Finalist at IEEE ROBIO 2019

Monday, December 9, 2019

The 2019 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (ROBIO) was held in Dali, Yunnan, China, from Dec 6 to 8, 2019. The conference, which will be held in Florence, Italy next year, accepted 403 papers from 739 paper submissions for oral presentations. The ShanghaiTech Automation and Robotics Center (STAR Center) groups of Prof. Sören Schwertfeger and Prof. Andre Rosendo submitted and got accepted 5 papers to ROBIO 2019.

The paper with the title “Furniture Free Mapping using 3D Lidars” by master student Zhenpeng He, PhD student Jiawei Hou and Sören Schwertfeger was awarded as a Best Paper Finalist for ROBIO 2019. In that paper a Simultaneous Localization And Mapping (SLAM) method is described that can automatically segment 3D Laser Scans into walls, furniture, doors (open and closed!) and ground and ceiling to create furniture free 2D and 3D maps. The paper was presented by the master student Zhenpeng He.


The second ROBIO 2019 paper from the Mobile Autonomous Robotic Systems Lab (MARS Lab) of Prof. Schwertfeger is titled “Fast 2D Map Matching Based on Area Graphs”. It is authored by PhD student Jiawei Hou, master student Haofei Kuang and Sören Schwertfeger. The paper presents a method to use a topological map representation developed in the MARS Lab called Area Graph to match two different maps. This can be used, for example, for localization or to match a robot generated map with a CAD drawing, to automatically annotate semantic information from the CAD map to the robot map. This paper was presented by master student Haofei Kuang.