Localization using satellite-based GPS is not available in underground mines, therefore a new approach is required. This paper presents a method for localizing a sensor-equipped vehicle in a large-scale underground environment by using a particle filter and a collection of 2D a priori node maps. Sporadically placed passive RFID tags are used in the creation of the locally consistent node maps and for helping to solve the global localization problem. Experimental results from realtime localization in the multi-kilometre Carleton University underground tunnels are presented.

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2011 Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering, CCECE 2011
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Rusu, S.R. (S. Radacina), Hayes, M.J.D, & Marshall, J. (2011). Localization in large-scale underground environments with RFID. In Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (pp. 1140–1143). doi:10.1109/CCECE.2011.6030640