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Path detection for autonomous vehicles using computer vision and on-line learning

Grant number: 12/21079-1
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Master's degree
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2013
Effective date (End): August 31, 2013
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
Principal researcher:Marcelo Becker
Grantee:Henry Antonio Roncancio Velandia
Supervisor abroad: Alberto Broggi
Home Institution: Escola de Engenharia de São Carlos (EESC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Research place: Università degli Studi di Parma, Italy  
Associated to the scholarship:11/03986-9 - Object detection and classification in outdoor environments for autonomous passenger vehicle navigation based on data-fusion of an artificial vision system and laser sensor, BP.MS

Abstract

This research project will be developed on the VisLab at Parma University (Italy) as part of a partnership between LabRoM and VisLab. The main goal of this research is the development of algorithms for path detection using computer vision, especially, for paths in urban and off-road environments. This research aims to improve the current navigation system based on 3D terrain analysis and a priori knowledge of the environment visual characteristics, by adding an online learning procedure. So, we will implement a road feature extractor, a dynamic training module together with a supervised classifier, and a post-processing module for road segmentation and "traversable cost" selection. All the algorithms will be written in C++ and implemented over the GOLD framework, a VisLab tool for intelligent computer vision system design. Several machine learning techniques will be implemented for tuning the classifier. One of the challenges of this project is the design of algorithms aiming a short processing time, since they will be tested online. (AU)

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