[ros-users] Navigation Stack on tight places

Gonçalo Cabrita goncabrita at gmail.com
Thu Nov 18 13:51:39 UTC 2010

Hi everyone!

We've been using the nav stack on our Roombas for quite a while now, mostly
on the corridors of ISR without any problems.

However we have a small 4mx3m arena we built specifically for testing odor
search algorithms in which we recently started to run some experiments. We
quickly found out that the nav stack has some problems moving the robot
around in tight places. Quite often we get the behavior that can be seen in
the following video...


In the video we are running a Roomba inside our arena in Stage with perfect
odometry. The robot stalls against a wall and stays there for
30mins until we stop it. On occasion the robot eventually gets out after a

At first I thought this could be happening because of the poor performance
of the EeePCs the Roombas carry around or because of the
Roomba's crappy odometry, but in Stage on a Core2Duo laptop we were able to
see the same behavior.

Has anyone experienced this behavior before?
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