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Negative Obstacle Detection
Contact: Thomas Gordon
Mailing address:
National Robotics Engineering Center
10 40th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Associated center(s) / consortia:
 National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC)
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Overview
Successful autonomous navigation requires detection not only of stationary and moving positive obstacles (guard rails, vehicles, people), but also the detection of negative obstacles (holes and ditches) at ranges that are nearly impossible for ladar and difficult for cameras.

Advanced Negative Obstacle Detection System testing includes different scenarios and takes place at different times, night and day. The goal is to learn to learn to detect negative obstacles more certainly and at a greater distance so that the UGV can travel on safer and faster paths.