The Logistics Tribe

The Logistics Tribe

SLAM - The Key Technology for Autonomous Vehicles in Logistics (Prof. Cyrill Stachniss, University of Bonn)

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In today's episode we will take a deep dive into the topic of Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM).

SLAM is a method used for autonomous vehicles such as AMRs in logistics for example that lets you build a map and localize your vehicles in that map at the same time. SLAM algorithms allow vehicles to map out unknown environments.

It’s one of those things we should all know about in more detail in order to understand how autonomous vehicles in logistics are able to do what they do.

Today's guest is a leading expert in the field of SLAM.

Cyrill Stachniss is a full professor at the University of Bonn and heads the Photogrammetry and Robotics Lab.

In his research, he focuses on probabilistic techniques for mobile robotics, perception, and navigation. The main application areas of his research are autonomous service robots, agricultural robotics, and self-driving cars. He has co-authored over 250 publications, has won several best paper awards, and has coordinated multiple large research projects on the national and European level.

This podcast is hosted by Marco Prüglmeier.

Together Marco and Cyrill cover the following topics:

  • A definition and explanation of SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping)

  • Where is SLAM being used

  • How the SLAM algorithm actually evolved over time and what Carl Friedrich Gauss has to do with it

  • The different categories of SLAM systems, how they work and what use cases they are best suited for

  • How SLAM systems are deployed in the world of logistics

  • Advantages of SLAM for robots in logistics

  • What problems and issues to look out for when implementing SLAM in logistics and warehouse situations with highly repetitive or highly dynamic environments

  • What the latest fields of research to advance SLAM technology are

Helpful links:

Webinar with JYSK and GreyOrange:

YouTube Video on SLAM with Cyrill:

Another YouTube Video on SLAM with Cyrill:

To connect with Cyrill on LinkedIn:


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Boris Felgendreher, Dana von der Heide and Marco Prüglmeier invite you to listen to The Logistics Tribe, a weekly podcast about the world of global logistics and supply chain management.

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