Enhancing 5G-enabled robots autonomy by radio-aware semantic maps
AffiliationUniversity of Bedfordshire
NEC Laboratories Europe
Robotnik Automation SL
Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies
5G mobile communication
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AbstractFuture robotics systems aiming for true autonomy must be robust against dynamic and unstructured environments. The 5th generation (5G) mobile network is expected to provide ubiquitous, reliable and low-latency wireless communications to ground robots, especially in outdoor scenarios. Empowered by 5G, the digital transformation of robotics is emerging, enabled by the cloud-native paradigm and the adoption of edge-computing principles for heavy computational task offloading. However, wireless link quality fluctuates due to multiple aspects such as the topography of the deployment area, the presence of obstacles, robots' movement and the configuration of the serving base stations. This directly impacts not only the connectivity to the robots but also the performance of robot operations, resulting in severe challenges when targeting full robot autonomy. To address such challenges, in this paper, we propose a framework to build a semantic map based on radio quality. By means of our proposed approach, mobile robots can gain knowledge on up-to-date radio context map information of the surrounding environment, hence enabling reliable and efficient robotics operations.
CitationLendinez A, Zanzi L, Moreno S, Gari G, Li X, Qiu R, Costa-Perez X (2023) 'Enhancing 5G-enabled robots autonomy by radio-aware semantic maps', 2023 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) - Detroit, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc..
TypeConference papers, meetings and proceedings
SponsorsThe research leading to these results has been supported by the EU's H2020 5G ERA Project (grant no. 101016681).