Perception Quality Evaluation with Visual and Infrared Cameras in Challenging Environmental Conditions

Brunner, Christopher & Peynot, Thierry (2014) Perception Quality Evaluation with Visual and Infrared Cameras in Challenging Environmental Conditions. In Khatib, Oussama, Kumar, Vijay, & Sukhatme, Gaurav (Eds.) Experimental Robotics : The 12th International Symposium on Experimental Robotics. Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 711-725.

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This work aims to contribute to the reliability and integrity of perceptual systems of unmanned ground vehicles (UGV). A method is proposed to evaluate the quality of sensor data prior to its use in a perception system by utilising a quality metric applied to heterogeneous sensor data such as visual and infrared camera images. The concept is illustrated specifically with sensor data that is evaluated prior to the use of the data in a standard SIFT feature extraction and matching technique. The method is then evaluated using various experimental data sets that were collected from a UGV in challenging environmental conditions, represented by the presence of airborne dust and smoke. In the first series of experiments, a motionless vehicle is observing a ’reference’ scene, then the method is extended to the case of a moving vehicle by compensating for its motion. This paper shows that it is possible to anticipate degradation of a perception algorithm by evaluating the input data prior to any actual execution of the algorithm.

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ID Code: 67614
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: cameras, infrared imaging, visual quality, unmanned ground vehicles
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-28572-1_49
ISBN: 9783642285714
ISSN: 1610-7438
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND IMAGE PROCESSING (080100)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Springer-Verlag GmbH Berlin Heidelberg
Deposited On: 06 Mar 2014 01:23
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2015 04:40

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