Sky segmentation with ultraviolet images can be used for navigation

Stone, Thomas, Mangan, Michael, Ardin, Paul and Webb, Barbara (2014) Sky segmentation with ultraviolet images can be used for navigation. In: 2014 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference, 12 - 16 July 2014, University of California, Berkeley, USA.

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Inspired by ant navigation, we explore a method for sky segmentation using ultraviolet (UV) light. A standard camera is adapted to allow collection of outdoor images containing light in the visible range, in UV only and in green only. Automatic segmentation of the sky region using UV only is significantly more accurate and far more consistent than visible wavelengths over a wide range of locations, times and weather conditions, and can be accomplished with a very low complexity algorithm. We apply this method to obtain compact binary (sky vs non-sky) images from panoramic UV images taken along a 2km route in an urban environment. Using either sequence SLAM or a visual compass on these images produces reliable localisation and orientation on a subsequent traversal of the route under different weather conditions.

Keywords:robotics, JCOpen
Subjects:H Engineering > H670 Robotics and Cybernetics
H Engineering > H671 Robotics
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
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Deposited On:25 Oct 2016 14:25

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