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PRoViScout: a planetary scouting rover demonstrator

[+] Author Affiliations
Gerhard Paar

JOANNEUM RESEARCH (Austria)

Mark Woods

SciSys Ltd. (United Kingdom)

Christiane Gimkiewicz

CSEM Zurich Ctr. (Switzerland)

Frédéric Labrosse, Laurence Tyler, David P. Barnes

Aberystwyth Univ. (United Kingdom)

Alberto Medina

GMV S.A. (Spain)

Gerald Fritz

Joanneum Research (Austria)

Konstantinos Kapellos

Trasys (Belgium)

Proc. SPIE 8301, Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision XXIX: Algorithms and Techniques, 83010A (January 23, 2012); doi:10.1117/12.906122
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  • Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision XXIX: Algorithms and Techniques
  • Juha Röning; David P. Casasent
  • Burlingame, California, United States | January 22, 2012

abstract

Mobile systems exploring Planetary surfaces in future will require more autonomy than today. The EU FP7-SPACE Project ProViScout (2010-2012) establishes the building blocks of such autonomous exploration systems in terms of robotics vision by a decision-based combination of navigation and scientific target selection, and integrates them into a framework ready for and exposed to field demonstration. The PRoViScout on-board system consists of mission management components such as an Executive, a Mars Mission On-Board Planner and Scheduler, a Science Assessment Module, and Navigation & Vision Processing modules. The platform hardware consists of the rover with the sensors and pointing devices. We report on the major building blocks and their functions & interfaces, emphasizing on the computer vision parts such as image acquisition (using a novel zoomed 3D-Time-of-Flight & RGB camera), mapping from 3D-TOF data, panoramic image & stereo reconstruction, hazard and slope maps, visual odometry and the recognition of potential scientifically interesting targets.

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Gerhard Paar ; Mark Woods ; Christiane Gimkiewicz ; Frédéric Labrosse ; Alberto Medina, et al.
"PRoViScout: a planetary scouting rover demonstrator", Proc. SPIE 8301, Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision XXIX: Algorithms and Techniques, 83010A (January 23, 2012); doi:10.1117/12.906122; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.906122


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