G. Haddeler, J. Chan, Y. You, S. Verma, A. H. Adiwahono and C. Meng Chew, "Explore Bravely: Wheeled-Legged Robots Traverse in Unknown Rough Environment," 2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2020, pp. 7521-7526, doi: 10.1109/IROS45743.2020.9341610.
This paper addressed a challenging problem of wheeled-legged robots with high degrees of freedom exploring in unknown rough environments. The proposed method works as a pipeline to achieve prioritized exploration comprising three primary modules: traversability analysis, frontier-based exploration and hybrid locomotion planning. Traversability analysis provides robots an evaluation about surrounding terrain according to various criteria ( roughness, slope etc.) and other semantic information (small step, stair, bridge etc.), while novel gravity point frontier-based exploration algorithm can effectively decide which direction to go even in unknown environments based on robots' current pose and desired one. Given all these information, hybrid locomotion planner will generate a path with motion mode (driving or walking) encoded by optimizing among different objectives and constraints. Lastly, our approach was well verified in both simulation and experiment on a wheeled quadrupedal robot Pholus.
There was no specific funding for the research done