Robot Localisation and 3D Position Estimation Using a Free-Moving Camera and Cascaded Convolutional Neural Networks
Justinas Miseikis, Patrick Knobelreiter, Inka Brijacak , Dr. Saeed Yahyanejad, Kyrre Glette, Ole Jakob Elle, Jim Torresen
Proceedings of International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM) , 7/2018
Many works in collaborative robotics and human-robot interaction focuses on identifying and predicting human behaviour while considering the information about the robot itself as given. This can be the case when sensors and the robot are calibrated in relation to each other and often the reconfiguration of the system is not possible, or extra manual work is required. We present a deep learning based approach to remove the constraint of having the need for the robot and the vision sensor to be fixed and calibrated in relation to each other. The system learns the visual cues of the robot body and is able to localise it, as well as estimate the position of robot joints in 3D space by just using a 2D color image. The method uses a cascaded convolutional neural network, and we present the structure of the network, describe our own collected dataset, explain the network training and achieved results. A fully trained system shows promising results in providing an accurate mask of where the robot is located and a good estimate of its joints positions in 3D. The accuracy is not good enough for visual servoing applications yet, however, it can be sufficient for general safety and some collaborative tasks not requiring very high precision. The main benefit of our method is the possibility of the vision sensor to move freely. This allows it to be mounted on moving objects, for example, a body of the person or a mobile robot working in the same environment as the robots are operating in.