Hypermaps: Closing the complexity gap in robotic mapping

Hypermaps improves how robots manage data about the environment they inhabit. The most common way for robots to handle environmental information is by using maps.

At present, each different kind of data is hosted on a separate map. Similarly to how our use of maps have evolved from single-purpose maps (geographical, political, road map, etc.) to multi-layer maps (like Google Maps) which present us task-relevant information automatically, we propose a multi-layer mapping framework for robots.

Hypermaps simplifies the way robots access maps and helps them correlate information from different maps. This enables robots to increase their ability to understand the world around them, perform more advanced tasks than what they can today, better understand user requests, and autonomously correct their knowledge about the environment. The research is conducted in Aalto University, in collaboration with University of Bonn, Technical University of Munich, KONE ltd, and GIM Robotics.

People involved

Project updates

Academy of Finland Research Fellowship awarded to the Hypermaps project

Francesco Verdoja was awarded a Research Fellowship on his project “Hypermaps: closing the complexity gap in robotic mapping”

Hypermaps at PAL ICRA 2020 workshop

We presented the core idea behind the Hypermaps project at the ICRA 2020 workshop on Perception, Action, Learning (PAL)

Source code for the Hypermaps project

The source code for the article “Hypermap Mapping Framework and its Application to Autonomous Semantic Exploration” is available on github.