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Noisy Occupancy Map with Zed Camera

Hi, I am trying to create an occupancy grid using a ZED stereo camera along with rtabmap_ros. My results are very noisy and I am wondering if the problem is with the ZED camera, or with my rtabmap_ros config, or both. Can anyone verify whether or not rtabmap can deal with this level of sensor noise.


  • ZED camera calibrated using the calibration tool found in /usr/local/zed
  • Running on NVIDIA TX1, Ubuntu 14.04, ROS Indigo
  • Indoor well light room, ZED mounted on mobile robot being joysticked


Here is a sample of a map I have generated image description

And here is an example of the depth cloud at one instant image description

As you can see the depth cloud is fairly noisy, but what sensor data isn't.

Launch File:


  <include file="$(find zed_wrapper)/launch/zed_tf.launch" />

  <arg name="svo_file" default=""/>

  <group ns="camera">
    <node name="zed_wrapper_node" pkg="zed_wrapper" type="zed_wrapper_node" args="$(arg svo_file)" >

      <param name="resolution"            value="2" />
      <param name="quality"               value="1" />
      <param name="sensing_mode"          value="1" />
      <param name="frame_rate"            value="30" />
      <param name="odometry_DB"           value="" />
      <param name="openni_depth_mode"     value="0" />

      <param name="rgb_topic"             value="rgb/image_rect_color" />
      <param name="rgb_cam_info_topic"    value="rgb/camera_info" />
      <param name="rgb_frame_id"          value="/zed_link" />

      <param name="left_topic"            value="left/image_rect_color" />
      <param name="left_cam_info_topic"   value="left/camera_info" />
      <param name="left_frame_id"         value="/zed_link" />

      <param name="right_topic"           value="right/image_rect_color" />
      <param name="right_cam_info_topic"  value="right/camera_info" />
      <param name="right_frame_id"        value="/zed_link" />

      <param name="depth_topic"           value="depth/image_rect_color" />
      <param name="depth_cam_info_topic"  value="depth/camera_info" />
      <param name="depth_frame_id"        value="/zed_link" />

      <param name="point_cloud_topic"     value="point_cloud/cloud" />
      <param name="cloud_frame_id"        value="/zed_link" />

      <param name="odometry_topic"                value="odom" />
      <param name="odometry_frame_id"             value="/zed_link" />
      <param name="odometry_transform_frame_id"   value="/zed_tracked_frame" />

      <param name="visual_odometry"       value="false" />
      <param name="odometry_topic"            value="/odometry/filtered_map" />


      <!--Visual SLAM: args: "delete_db_on_start" and "udebug" -->
      <node name="rtabmap" pkg="rtabmap_ros" type="rtabmap" output="screen" args="--delete_db_on_start" >
         <param name="frame_id"         type="string" value="base_link"/>
         <param name="subscribe_stereo" type="bool" value="false"/>
         <param name="subscribe_depth"  type="bool" value="true"/>

         <remap from="rgb/image"  to="/camera/rgb/image_rect_color"/>
         <remap from="rgb/camera_info"  to="/camera/rgb/camera_info"/>
         <remap from="/depth/image"   to="/camera/depth/image_rect_color"/>
         <remap from="odom" to="/odometry/filtered_map"/>

         <param name="queue_size" type="int" value="30"/>

         <!-- RTAB-Map's parameters -->
         <param name="Rtabmap/TimeThr"                   type="string" value="700"/>
         <param name="Grid/DepthDecimation"              type="string" value="4"/>
         <param name="Grid/FlatObstacleDetected"         type="string" value="true"/>
         <param name="Kp/MaxFeatures"                    type="string" value="200"/>
         <param name="Kp/MaxDepth"                       type="string" value="10"/>
         <param name="Kp/DetectorStrategy"               type="string" value="0"/>   <!-- use SURF -->
         <param name="SURF/HessianThreshold"             type="string" value="1000"/>
         <param name="Vis/EstimationType"                type="string" value="0"/>   <!-- 0=3D->3D, 1=3D->2D (PnP) -->
         <param name="RGBD/LoopClosureReextractFeatures" type="string" value="true"/>
         <param name="Vis/MaxDepth"                      type="string" value="10"/>