LIDS researchers receive IEEE Transactions on Robotics Best Paper Award

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Clockwise from top left: Prof. Luca Carlone, Prof. Jonathan How, Yulun Tian, Yun Chang

June 2, 2023

We are thrilled to share that LIDS PIs Luca Carlone and Jonathan How, together with LIDS students Yulun Tian and Yun Chang, LIDS alum Fernando Herrera Arias, and collaborator Carlos Nieto-Granda (U.S. Army Research Laboratory), received the 2022 IEEE Transactions on Robotics King-Sun Fu Memorial Best Paper Award for their paper “Kimera-Multi: Robust, Distributed, Dense Metric-Semantic SLAM for Multi-Robot Systems”. Transactions on Robotics is one of the most competitive robotics journals, and this prestigious award recognizes the best paper published in the journal in 2022.

Kevin Lynch, editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Robotics, described the paper's impact: “The editorial board, and the reviewers, were deeply impressed by the theoretical elegance and practical relevance of this paper and the open-source code that accompanies it. Kimera-Multi is now the gold standard for distributed multirobot [simultaneous localization and mapping].”

The award was presented on June 1, 2023 during the awards ceremony at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), in London, England. The paper has been made available as an open access article on IEEE Xplore: