Fast power line detection and localization using steerable filter for active UAV guidance

Liu, Yuee, Mejias, Luis, & Li, Zhengrong (2012) Fast power line detection and localization using steerable filter for active UAV guidance. In 12th International Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing (ISPRS2012), 25 August – 1 September 2012, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, VIC.

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In this paper we present a fast power line detection and localisation algorithm as well as propose a high-level guidance architecture for active vision-based Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) guidance. The detection stage is based on steerable filters for edge ridge detection, followed by a line fitting algorithm to refine candidate power lines in images. The guidance architecture assumes an UAV with an onboard Gimbal camera. We first control the position of the Gimbal such that the power line is in the field of view of the camera. Then its pose is used to generate the appropriate control commands such that the aircraft moves and flies above the lines. We present initial experimental results for the detection stage which shows that the proposed algorithm outperforms two state-of-the-art line detection algorithms for power line detection from aerial imagery.

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ID Code: 53977
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: line detection, , steerable filter, , oriented filter, , Gaussian kernel, power line, UAV guidance
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND IMAGE PROCESSING (080100) > Computer Vision (080104)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (090100) > Aircraft Performance and Flight Control Systems (090104)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > GEOMATIC ENGINEERING (090900) > Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (090905)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation
Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 09 Oct 2012 23:22
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2012 04:11

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