UROP Project

Test and Evaluation of 3D Mapping / Localization / SLAM Algorithm for Underground Robotics



Jan Müller

Program Director UROP


+49 241 80-90299


Key Info

Basic Information

Project Offer-Number:
UROP International, RWTH UROP
Electrical Engineering, Information Technology and Computer Engineering
Organisation unit:
Institute for Advanced Mining Technologies (AMT)
Language Skills:
Computer Skills:
Some programming skills (either C++, Python or Matlab), Optional: experience with Linux, Some knowledge of Robot Operating System (ROS)
- Work in a comfortable and creative environment within a focused team; - Aachen is a big center of engineering; - Aachen is located in the three country corner, lots to see and travel; - Students get a regional train pass to travel around; - Institute is located right next to the city center, everything is around
Prof. Dr.-Ing. K. Nienhaus


As part of the research project "Underground 4D+ Positioning, Navigation and Mapping System" a mobile autonomous and intelligent robot system is being developed. Real-Time Appearance-Based Mapping is a RGB-D Graph SLAM approach, that is implemented and ready to use. It has to be tested and evaluated if it can be used for an underground robot that locates itself and navigates its surroundings. We at AMT (Advanced Mining Technology) are committed to providing technologies and system solutions for harsh environments like in mining and heavy machinery construction. Resource efficiency, safety and social responsibility are our vision and mission. Our diverse team strives to always provide excellent and at the same time viable solutions. We provide a creative workplace to research innovative ideas and deliver outstanding results.


- Develop scenarios for experiments - Use Clearpath Robotics “Jackal” and/or the underground robot equipped with different sensors for experiments - And / Or use previously collected data - Test Real-Time Appearance-Based Mapping - Test and analyze mapping and localization quality of algorithm - Possible: Prepare for tests in actual underground mine with the real robot


- Research oriented mindset - Interest in practical experiments - Experience with robotics beneficial - Strong problem solving skills