Detection and tracking of external features in an urban environment using an autonomous helicopter

Mejias, L.O., Saripalli, S., Sukhatme, G.S., & Cervera, P.C. (2005) Detection and tracking of external features in an urban environment using an autonomous helicopter. In Proceedings of the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2005. ICRA 2005, IEEE, Barcelona, Spain, pp. 3972-3977.

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We present the design and implementation of a real-time vision-based approach to detect and track features in a structured environment using an autonomous helicopter. Using vision as a sensor enables the helicopter to track features in an urban environment. We use vision for feature detection and a combination of vision and GPS for navigation and tracking. The vision algorithm sends high level velocity commands to the helicopter controller which is then able to command the helicopter to track them. We present results obtained from flight trials that demonstrate our algorithms for detection and tracking are applicable in real world scenarios by applying them to the task of tracking rectangular features in structured environments.

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ID Code: 8356
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: visual servoing, helicopter, feature tracking, unmanned aerial vehicles
DOI: 10.1109/ROBOT.2005.1570728
ISSN: 3972-3977
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND IMAGE PROCESSING (080100) > Image Processing (080106)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (090100)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 IEEE
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Deposited On: 29 Jun 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2017 14:39

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