Autonomous aerial navigation and tracking of marine animals

Selby, William, Corke, Peter, & Rus, Daniela (2011) Autonomous aerial navigation and tracking of marine animals. In Drummond, Tim (Ed.) Proceedings of the 2011 Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation, Australian Robotics & Automation Association, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 1-7.

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In this paper, we describe the development of an independent and on-board visual servoing system which allows a computationally impoverished aerial vehicle to autonomously identify and track a moving surface target. Our image segmentation and target identification algorithms were developed with the specific task of monitoring whales at sea but could be adapted for other targets. Observing whales is important for many marine biology tasks and is currently performed manually from the shore or from boats. We also present hardware experiments which demonstrate the capabilities of our algorithms for object identification and tracking that enable a flying vehicle to track a moving target.

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ID Code: 48044
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Visual survoing , Autonomous aerial vehicles, Autonomous aerial navigation
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING (090600) > Control Systems Robotics and Automation (090602)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 (please consult the authors).
Deposited On: 13 Jan 2012 00:43
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2012 13:11

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