Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Rocio Alba-Flores


Autonomous robotic systems are becoming increasingly prevalent in everyday life and exhibit robust solutions in a wide range of applications. They face many obstacles with the foremost of which being SLAM, or Simultaneous Localization and Mapping, that encompasses both creation of the map of an unknown environment and localization of the robot in said environment. In this experiment, researchers propose the use of RFID tags in a semi-dynamic commercial environment to provide concrete landmarks for localization and mapping in pursuit of increased locational certainty. With this obtained, the ultimate goal of the research is to construct a robotics platform for planogram compliance and inventory management to provide consistency between online retail platforms and brick and mortar stores. The platform of choice is the Turtlebot3 Burger platform, by ROBOTIS, modified to hold an RFID reader. With existing packages, researchers are provided with the ability to essentially perform SLAM on a base level using an inbuilt Lidar sensor. It is from these existing packages that researchers plan to build a system to localize RFID tags in generated maps to provide a quantifiable decrease in localization time and increase in certainty.