Map Data Representation

Map Data Representation (Franceso Amigoni et al., Polimi)

The Robot Map Data Representation (MDR) Working Group has created the "1873-2015 IEEE Standard for Robot Map Data Representation for Navigation", which has been approved by IEEE Standards Association in Fall 2015. The standard provides a common representation and encoding for the map data used for navigation by mobile robots, which can be used when exchanging map data between systems, particularly those that are developed by different parties. The standard focuses on data models and data formats for two-dimensional (2D) metric and topological maps. 

Current activities of the WG include the dissemination of the main ideas and reference implementations of converters for the existing 2D standard and the start of the development of a new standard for representing three-dimensional (3D) maps, trying to involve the main academic and industrial stakeholders.

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