Position Estimation from Outdoor Visual Landmarks for Teleoperation of Lunar Rovers

Fabio Cozman and Eric Krotkov
Third IEEE Workshop on Applications of Computer Vision, December, 1996, pp. 156-161.


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Abstract
The paper presents a new application of computer vision to space robotics: a teleoperation interface which analyzes images sent by a mobile robot in space missions and produces position estimates based an the images. The estimates are displayed to the robot operator as additional information to prevent loss of orientation. The current version of the interface detects mountain formations in images and automatically searches for mountain peaks in a given topographic map. A new algorithm for position estimation uses a statistical description of the various disturbances and signals in the measurement process to produce estimates. The authors have tested the system with real images obtained in the Pittsburgh East and Dromedary Peak USGS quadrangles; they report significant improvements in speed and accuracy compared to previous systems.

Notes
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Vision and Autonomous Systems Center
Associated Project(s): Visual Position Estimator

Text Reference
Fabio Cozman and Eric Krotkov, "Position Estimation from Outdoor Visual Landmarks for Teleoperation of Lunar Rovers," Third IEEE Workshop on Applications of Computer Vision, December, 1996, pp. 156-161.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Cozman_1996_1697,
   author = "Fabio Cozman and Eric Krotkov",
   title = "Position Estimation from Outdoor Visual Landmarks for Teleoperation of Lunar Rovers",
   booktitle = "Third IEEE Workshop on Applications of Computer Vision",
   pages = "156-161",
   month = "December",
   year = "1996",
}