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An insightful comparison between experiments
in mobile robotics and in science
Francesco Amigoni Monica Reggiani Viola Schiaffonati
Received: date / Accepted: date
Abstract Experiments are essential ingredients of sci-
ence, both to confirm/refute a theory and to discover
new theories. It is a common belief that experimen-
tation in mobile robotics has not yet reached a level
of maturity comparable with that reached in science,
for example in physics, considered as the paradigm of a
mature, stable, and well-founded scientific discipline. In
this paper, starting from a representative sample of the
current state of the art, we identify some basic issues of
experiments in mobile robot localization and mapping.
These issues, when viewed in the context of some gen-
eral principles about experiments in science and engi-
neering, lead us to derive some insightful considerations
on the role of experiments in mobile robotics. Reflect-


Source: Amigoni, Francesco - Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione, Politecnico di Milano


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences