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ekf_localization_node: what frame for IMU?

asked 2015-09-10 07:26:42 -0500 gravatar image

Hi there, I am trying to fuse GPS with IMU information with ekf_localization_node. For now I have tied by map and odom frames to be always the same, so I assume that GPS is giving absolute map positions, and report them in the map frame. I am confused about the IMU though: it's heading estimate should be in the map frame as it's absolute, but it's motion estimates should be in the base_link frame because they are relative to the robot. The imu message only has a single frame_id, so which should I set it to? Or do I perhaps need to send two copies of the imu message with two different frames there, and set up ekf_localization_node to only attend to the relevant measurements in each?

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answered 2015-09-10 20:15:02 -0500

Tom Moore gravatar image

Ah, you've stumbled upon the ol' "in what frame is IMU data reported" issue. See these:

In ekf_localization_node, I assume the frame_id in the message is the frame in which the sensor is mounted, so you should produce a base_link->imu transform (try using static_transform_publisher).

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Thanks Tom, good to hear that from the source! gravatar image  ( 2015-09-11 04:17:10 -0500 )edit

answered 2015-09-10 07:45:34 -0500 gravatar image

(My best current guess at what I think might be happening is that the IMU node is outputting messages in base_imu_link frame, so we're broadcasting tf's from this to /map then they will automatically be in the robot's frame already? So far I've not been using tf's at all, and assuming z components of the IMU quaternion was a global compass direction, but perhaps this is not the case then? Can anyone confirm this?)

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