Le Zhang, Zhenghua Chen, Wei Cui, Bing Li, Cen Chen, Zhiguang Cao, Kaizhou Gao
IEEE Internet of Things Journal, vol. 7, no. 11, pp. 10773-10781, Nov. 2020, doi: 10.1109/JIOT.2020.2986685
Publication year: 2020

Addressing the positioning problem of a mobile robot remains challenging to date despite many years of research. Indoor robot positioning strategies developed in the literature either rely on sophisticated computer vision techniques to handle visual inputs or require strong domain knowledge for nonvisual sensors. Although some systems have been deployed, the former may be lacking due to the intrinsic limitation of cameras (such as calibration, data association, system initialization, etc.) and the latter usually only works under certain environment layouts and additional equipment. To cope with those issues, we design a lightweight indoor robot positioning system which operates on cost-effective WiFi-based received signal strength (RSS) and could be readily pluggable into any existing WiFi network infrastructures. Moreover, a novel deep fuzzy forest is proposed to inherit the merits of decision trees and deep neural networks within an end-to-end trainable architecture. Real-world indoor localization experiments are conducted and results demonstrate the superiority of the proposed method over the existing approaches.

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