ICUAS'17 Paper Abstract


Paper WeB1.1

Hood, Shannon (University of South Carolina), Benson, Kelly (University of South Carolina), Hamod, Patrick (University of South Carolina), Daniel, Madison (University of South Carolina), O'Kane, Jason (University of South Carolina), Rekleitis, Ioannis (University of South Carolina)

Bird's Eye View: Cooperative Exploration by UGV and UAV

Scheduled for presentation during the "Autonomy - II" (WeB1), Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 15:00−15:20, Salon E

2017 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, June 13-16, 2017, Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay, Miami, FL,

This information is tentative and subject to change. Compiled on April 12, 2021

Keywords Autonomy, Navigation, Path Planning


This paper proposes a solution to the problem of cooperative exploration using an Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) and an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). More specifically, the UGV navigates through the free space, and the UAV provides enhanced situational awareness via its higher vantage point. The motivating application is search and rescue in a damaged building. A camera atop the UGV is used to track a fiducial tag on the underside of the UAV, allowing the UAV to maintain a fixed pose relative to the UGV. Furthermore, the UAV uses its front facing camera to provide a birds-eye-view to the remote operator, allowing for observation beyond obstacles that obscure the UGV's sensors. The proposed approach has been tested using a TurtleBot 2 equipped with a Hokuyo laser ranger finder and a Parrot Bebop 2. Experimental results demonstrate the feasibility of this approach. This work is based on several open source packages and the generated code is available on-line.



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