Fast Bearing Measurement with a Single Ultrasonic Transducer

Teruko Yata, Lindsay Kleeman, and Shin'ichi Yuta
International Journal of Robotics Research., , November, 1998, pp. 1202 - 1213.


Abstract
In conventional ultrasonic sensing, accurate ultrasonic target bearing measurement is often regarded as difficult due to the wide beam angle of ultrasonic transducers. However, the accurate measurement of distance and angle is very useful for many robot tasks, such as obstacle avoidance and wall following. In this paper, we propose a method to extract bearing information by using a single transducer in ultrasonic pulse-echo sensing, which basically exploits the dependency of the echo spectrum on bearing angle. The method employs a simple approach using a zero crossing time interval of the reflected echo, and consequently is a fast measurement technique. This paper also presents experimental results on a real mobile robot and illustrates the usefulness of the ultrasonic bearing measurement approach.

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Text Reference
Teruko Yata, Lindsay Kleeman, and Shin'ichi Yuta, "Fast Bearing Measurement with a Single Ultrasonic Transducer," International Journal of Robotics Research., , November, 1998, pp. 1202 - 1213.

BibTeX Reference
@article{Yata_1998_3802,
   author = "Teruko Yata and Lindsay Kleeman and Shin'ichi Yuta",
   title = "Fast Bearing Measurement with a Single Ultrasonic Transducer",
   journal = "International Journal of Robotics Research.",
   pages = "1202 - 1213",
   publisher = "Sage Publications",
   month = "November",
   year = "1998",
}