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Intruder Detection in camera images

Intruder Detection

Subject: A surveillance robot needs to detect human intruders in an area it is patrolling. The task of this thesis is to develop the human detection algorithm on the robot.

 

 

Responsible: Geert De Cubber

Proposal: PDF

 

Development of a Snake Robot

Snake Robot

Subject: In the event of a major disaster (think of the earthquake in Haiti), lots of human lives are lost because the human disaster relief operators cannot reach the people surviving the initial disaster on time, e.g. because they are trapped inside collapsed buildings. Robots could greatly enhance the chances of survival of people in these circumstances. However, the design requirements for such robotic systems are extremely hard. They have to be very robust, small yet agile to cross very difficult terrain and have to be autonomous from an energetic point of view (not carrying wires behind them) As a result of these constraints, only snake-like robots pose as valuable candidates for this application field. However, the mechanical design of snake-like robots is not a solved issue.
In this context, the Technical University of Iasi, Romania is working in collaboration with the Unmanned Vehicle Centre on a snake-like robot. The goal of this thesis is to further enhance the mechanical and electronic design of this robot.

 

Responsible: Geert De Cubber / Ioan Doroftei (Technical University of Iasi, Romania)

Proposal: PDF

 

Multi-Camera Target Tracking

Multi-Camera Target Tracking

Subject: Persons need to be followed (tracked) throughout multiple cameras installed in the same room / environment. The cameras therefore need to share information to pass the task of following the person from one to another. An important aspect is that the same person should be identified uniquely in all camera views to avoid misinterpretations.
An application of this technology is for example a people-counting system, which monitors the number of people in a room.

 

Responsible: Geert De Cubber

Proposal: PDF

 

 

Laser Scanner Installation and Data Analysis for Traversability Analysis

Laser Scanner Installation and Data Analysis for Traversability Analysis

Subject: The current outdoor robotic research platform of the UGV Centre (see picture on the left) disposes of a large array of sensors: GPS, stereo camera, Orientation Sensor, Ultrasound Sensors. However, it does not dispose of a Laser system. With this project, we want to tackle this issue by installing a Sick LMS 200 Laser on the robot.

The Laser system will of course also need to be controlled, such that data can be retrieved from the Laser system, such that it can be analyzed. As a first application with this Laser, we want to detect whether the terrain in front of the robot is traversable or not, based on the Laser Data.

Responsible: Geert De Cubber

Proposal: PDF

 

 

Metric Mapping and Localization for a Mobile Robot

Metric Mapping and Localization for a Mobile Robot

Subject: The goal of this master thesis project is to implement a Simultaneous Localization and Mapping algorithm on a Pioneer 3DX mobile robot. The algorithm should build a probabilistic metric map (Fig.2) using the ultrasonic and laser data and use the built map to localize continuously the robot.

 

 

Responsible: Sid Ahmed Berrabah

Proposal: PDF