UGV-MAV Collaboration for Augmented 2D Maps

Aravindh Mahendran    Ayush Dewan    Nikhil Soni    K Madhava Krishna   

IIIT Hyderabad, India   

Over the past couple of years, with the development of efficient control algorithms, micro aerial vehicles have come into the picture. In this paper, we consider the problem of creating a map of an indoor environment which provides more information than a 2D map and at the same time is more accurate than the contemporary 3D mapping algorithms. We propose a novel collaborative system, consisting of an unmanned ground vehicle and a micro aerial vehicle, which is used to create augmented 2D maps using the distinct sensing capabilities of these two robots. This system works in a collaborative manner such that the two robots complement each others movement and sensing capabilities.