Terrain Aided Navigation in Unstructured and Unknown Environments

Dr Steven Scheding

University of Sydney

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Abstract: This talk will examine the issue of terrain aided navigation for autonomous mobile vehicles. The ability to perceive the environment in rich detail is a critical capability for an autonomous mobile system to possess. Various techniques will be shown that aim to allow the system to build a consistent representation of the state of the world, to reason on the possibly incomplete/uncertain information and thus perform a desired action. Practical results will be shown to demonstrate the utility of the approach.

PROFILE: Steven Scheding received a Bachelor of Engineering and PhD degree in mechatronic engineering from the University of Sydney in 1995 and 1998 respectively. From 1998 to 1999, he was a Postdoctoral research fellow at the National Robotics Engineering Consortium, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA. He is currently a Senior Research Associate at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics at the University of Sydney. His research interests include the automation of large outdoor vehicles, fault detection and identification, and algorithms and sensors for terrain image building.