Detect loop closures
detects loop closures for the last added descriptor and returns the view
loopViewIds = detectLoop(
loopViewIds that correspond to loop closures.
If the function detects no loop closures,
empty. The loop closure detector ignores the number of most recently added
descriptors, set by the
argument, to avoid detecting loop closures against recent descriptors.
returns the scan context distances
dists] = detectLoop(___)
dists between the loop
descriptor and the query descriptors, using any combination of input arguments
from previous syntaxes. The function computes distance between scan context
descriptors, normalized to the range [0,1], using a modified cosine
[___] = detectLoop(___,
specifies options using one or more name-value arguments in addition to any
combination of arguments from the previous syntaxes. For example,
detects loop closures for the last added descriptor while ignoring only the 15
most recently added loop descriptors.
Detect Loop Closure Against Recently Added Descriptor
Create a loop closure detector.
loopDetector = scanContextLoopDetector;
Create a Velodyne PCAP file reader.
veloReader = velodyneFileReader('lidarData_ConstructionRoad.pcap','HDL32E');
Read the point clouds and extract the scan context descriptor from each point cloud scan. Add the descriptors to the detector.
for viewId = 1:10 ptCloud = readFrame(veloReader,viewId); descriptor = scanContextDescriptor(ptCloud); addDescriptor(loopDetector,viewId,descriptor); end
Check if the next point cloud can be classified as a loop closure detection without excluding any recently added descriptors.
viewId = viewId + 1; ptCloud = readFrame(veloReader,viewId); descriptor = scanContextDescriptor(ptCloud); [loopViewId,dists] = detectLoop(loopDetector,descriptor,'NumExcludedDescriptors',0)
loopViewId = uint32 10
dists = single 0.0858
loopDetector — Loop closure detector
Loop closure detector, specified as a
descriptor — Scan context descriptor
Scan context descriptor, specified as an M-by-N matrix, where M is the number of radial bins and N is the number of azimuthal bins.
detects loop closures for the last added descriptor while ignoring only the 15 most
recently added loop descriptors.
Specify optional pairs
of arguments as
Name is the argument name and
Value is the
corresponding value. Name-value arguments must appear after other arguments, but the
order of the pairs does not matter.
DistanceThreshold — Scan context distance threshold
0.1 (default) | positive scalar
Scan distance threshold to classify a view as a loop closure, specified as a positive scalar. Increasing this value can return more loop closures, but this can also increase false positives.
NumExcludedDescriptors — Number of most recently added descriptors to exclude
30 (default) | nonnegative integer
Number of most recently added descriptors to exclude as loop closure
candidates, specified as a nonnegative integer. Exclude the most
recently added descriptors to avoid detecting loop closures for the most
recently added descriptor against recent descriptors. Increase
NumExcludedDescriptors if many consecutive
descriptors correspond to the same area.
SearchRadius — Search radius
0.3 (default) | positive scalar
Search radius in a subdescriptor space, specified as a positive
scalar. The function computes the scan context distance for only those
descriptors within the search radius. Increasing this value can return
more loop closures, but can also increase false positives. Typical
values range between
MaxDetections — Maximum number of strongest loop closure detections returned
3 (default) | positive integer
Maximum number of strongest loop closure detections returned,
specified as a positive integer. Increase this value to increase the
potential number of loop closure detections returned. However,
increasing this value can decrease computation speed. Set this value to
Inf to return all loop closure detections.
loopViewIds — Loop closure view identifiers
Loop closure view identifiers corresponding to loop closures, returned as
a P-element vector of integer values. If the function
finds no loop closures, it returns
loopViewIds as an
empty vector. The loop closure detector ignores the last NumExcludedDescriptors descriptors to
avoid detecting loop closures against recent descriptors.
dists — Scan context distance
Scan context distances, returned as a P-element vector of positive values. The distances represent the scan context distance between the loop descriptor and the corresponding query descriptor. The function computes the distance between scan context descriptors, normalized to the range [0,1], using a modified cosine distance.
The ring key descriptor is a subdescriptor extracted from a scan context descriptor. It is the occupancy ratio of each azimuthal bin that makes it rotation-invariant.
The scan context loop closure detector is a two-phase algorithm. It first uses the ring key descriptor for a nearest neighbor search to find candidate loop closures. Then, it computes the scan context distance using the scan context descriptors, and thresholds it to identify the best loop closure detections.