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Navigation on challenging terrain topographies requires the understanding of robots’ locomotion capabilities to produce optimal solutions. We present an integrated framework for real-time autonomous navigation of mobile robots based on elevation maps. The framework performs rapid global path planning and optimization that is aware of the locomotion capabilities of the robot. A GPU-aided, sampling-based path planner combined with a gradient-based path optimizer provides optimal paths by using a neural network-based locomotion cost predictor which is trained in simulation. We show that our approach is capable of planning and optimizing paths three orders of magnitude faster than RRT* on GPU-enabled hardware, enabling real-time deployment on mobile platforms. We successfully evaluate the framework on the ANYmal C quadrupedal robot in both simulations and real-world environments for path planning tasks on multiple complex terrains. Show more
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Organisational unit09570 - Hutter, Marco / Hutter, Marco
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