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rtab-map feature

asked 2019-08-15 01:24:33 -0600

nnhh gravatar image

Hi, I'm trying to learn about Rtab-map. It kind of confuses, when I read the package and examples. The package says it does mapping, and example (tutorial) says it can also do navigation, but the launch file (Rtabmap-turtlebot tutorial say it use turtlebot move_base for navigation). Please correct me if I misread something.

So I want to ask if there is a complete list of Rtab-map feature & tools? So I'm not getting confused of what can it do, and what can't it do.

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answered 2019-08-17 10:14:11 -0600

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updated 2019-08-17 10:17:25 -0600

RTAB-Map is a SLAM approach. When navigation is mentioned, move_base is always used under the hood. RTAB-Map can do planning in its graph (i.e., topological planning) but still rely on move_base (i.e., metrical planning) to make the robot move and avoid dynamic obstacles. The SLAM+planning capability is described in this paper:

M. Labbé and F. Michaud, “Long-term online multi-session graph-based SPLAM with memory management,” in Autonomous Robots, vol. 42, no. 6, pp. 1133-1150, 2018.

For SLAM alone, rtabmap can do visual and lidar SLAM. See this paper focusing only on the SLAM part:

M. Labbé and F. Michaud, “RTAB-Map as an Open-Source Lidar and Visual SLAM Library for Large-Scale and Long-Term Online Operation,” in Journal of Field Robotics, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 416–446, 2019.

EDIT: A list of ros nodes are described on rtabmap_ros page, along with some demos including rosbags. Some ROS tutorials are here. For tools, the DatabaseViewer may be the most useful tool to analyse the map.

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