CANINE: A Robotic Mine Dog

Brian A. Stancil, Jeffrey Hyams, Jordan Shelly, Kartik S. Babu, Hernan Badino, Aayush Bansal, Daniel Huber, and Parag Batavia
Proceedings of the IS&T/SPIE Conference on Electronic Imaging, March, 2013.


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Abstract
Neya Systems, LLC competed in the CANINE program sponsored by the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) which culminated in a competition held at Fort Benning as part of the 2012 Robotics Rodeo. As part of this program, we developed a robot with the capability to learn and recognize the appearance of target objects, conduct an area search amid distractor objects and obstacles, and relocate the target object in the same way that Mine dogs and Sentry dogs are used within military contexts for exploration and threat detection. Neya teamed with the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University to develop vision-based solutions for probabilistic target learning and recognition. In addition, we used a Mission Planning and Management System (MPMS) to orchestrate complex search and retrieval tasks using a general set of modular autonomous services relating to robot mobility, perception and grasping.

Keywords
CANINE, TARDEC, autonomous, search, retrieve, perimeter, surveillance, mine

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Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): 3D Vision and Intelligent Systems Group
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Brian A. Stancil, Jeffrey Hyams, Jordan Shelly, Kartik S. Babu, Hernan Badino, Aayush Bansal, Daniel Huber, and Parag Batavia, "CANINE: A Robotic Mine Dog," Proceedings of the IS&T/SPIE Conference on Electronic Imaging, March, 2013.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Babu_2013_7368,
   author = "Brian A. Stancil and Jeffrey Hyams and Jordan Shelly and Kartik S Babu and Hernan Badino and Aayush Bansal and Daniel Huber and Parag Batavia",
   title = "CANINE: A Robotic Mine Dog",
   booktitle = "Proceedings of the IS&T/SPIE Conference on Electronic Imaging",
   month = "March",
   year = "2013",
   Notes = "Copyright 2013 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic reproduction and distribution, duplication of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the content of the paper are prohibited. "
}