Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM)

A. Birk and M. Pfingsthorn.
Wiley Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, John Wiley and Sons, November 2016.


This article gives an overview of simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), that is, probabilistic methods to generate a 2D or 3D map of unknown areas under imperfect localization. The article provides a survey of the theoretical basis of SLAM as well as the core background information about the underlying techniques for implementing actual SLAM systems.


title = {Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM)},
author = {Birk, Andreas and Pfingsthorn, Max},
editor = {Webster, John G.},
publisher = {John Wiley & Sons, Inc.},
isbn = {9780471346081},
url = {},
doi = {10.1002/047134608X.W8322},
keywords = {autonomous driving, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), localization, mapping, mosaicking, optimization, registration, robot, uncertainty},
booktitle = {Wiley Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering},
year = {2016},
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