Kidnapped robot problem

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In robotics, the kidnapped robot problem commonly refers to a situation where an autonomous robot in operation is carried to an arbitrary location.[1][2]

The kidnapped robot problem creates significant issues with the robot's localization system, and only a subset of localization algorithms can successfully deal with the uncertainty created; it is commonly used to test a robot's ability to recover from catastrophic localization failures.

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  1. ^ Engelson, S.P.; McDermott, D.V. (1992). "Error correction in mobile robot map learning". Proceedings of the International Conference on Robotics and Automation: 2555–2560. doi:10.1109/ROBOT.1992.220057.
  2. ^ Howie M. Choset et al. (2005). Principles of robot motion: theory, algorithms, and implementation. p.302.