ALITA: A Large-scale Incremental Dataset for Long-term Autonomy

22 May 2022  ·  Peng Yin, Shiqi Zhao, Ruohai Ge, Ivan Cisneros, Ruijie Fu, Ji Zhang, Howie Choset, Sebastian Scherer ·

For long-term autonomy, most place recognition methods are mainly evaluated on simplified scenarios or simulated datasets, which cannot provide solid evidence to evaluate the readiness for current Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM). In this paper, we present a long-term place recognition dataset for use in mobile localization under large-scale dynamic environments. This dataset includes a campus-scale track and a city-scale track: 1) the campus-track focuses the long-term property, we record LiDAR device and an omnidirectional camera on 10 trajectories, and each trajectory are repeatly recorded 8 times under variant illumination conditions. 2) the city-track focuses the large-scale property, we mount the LiDAR device on the vehicle and traversing through a 120km trajectories, which contains open streets, residential areas, natural terrains, etc. They includes 200 hours of raw data of all kinds scenarios within urban environments. The ground truth position for both tracks are provided on each trajectory, which is obtained from the Global Position System with an additional General ICP based point cloud refinement. To simplify the evaluation procedure, we also provide the Python-API with a set of place recognition metrics is proposed to quickly load our dataset and evaluate the recognition performance against different methods. This dataset targets at finding methods with high place recognition accuracy and robustness, and providing real robotic system with long-term autonomy. The dataset and the provided tools can be accessed from https://github.com/MetaSLAM/ALITA.

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