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Extending a UGV Teleoperation FLC Interface with Wireless Network Connectivity Information
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Computer Vision and Active Perception, CVAP. KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Centres, Centre for Autonomous Systems, CAS.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6716-1111
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Computer Vision and Active Perception, CVAP. KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Centres, Centre for Autonomous Systems, CAS.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5451-8209
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Computer Vision and Active Perception, CVAP. KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Centres, Centre for Autonomous Systems, CAS.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0483-8391
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Computer Vision and Active Perception, CVAP. KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Centres, Centre for Autonomous Systems, CAS.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7714-928X
2015 (English)In: 2015 IEEE/RSJ INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INTELLIGENT ROBOTS AND SYSTEMS (IROS), IEE , 2015, p. 4305-4312Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
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Teleoperated Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) are expected to play an important role in future search and rescue operations. In such tasks, two factors are crucial for a successful mission completion: operator situational awareness and robust network connectivity between operator and UGV. In this paper, we address both these factors by extending a new Free Look Control (FLC) operator interface with a graphical representation of the Radio Signal Strength (RSS) gradient at the UGV location. We also provide a new way of estimating this gradient using multiple receivers with directional antennas. The proposed approach allows the operator to stay focused on the video stream providing the crucial situational awareness, while controlling the UGV to complete the mission without moving into areas with dangerously low wireless connectivity. The approach is implemented on a KUKA youBot using commercial-off-the-shelf components. We provide experimental results showing how the proposed RSS gradient estimation method performs better than a difference approximation using omnidirectional antennas and verify that it is indeed useful for predicting the RSS development along a UGV trajectory. We also evaluate the proposed combined approach in terms of accuracy, precision, sensitivity and specificity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IEE , 2015. p. 4305-4312
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IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, ISSN 2153-0858
National Category
Computer Vision and Robotics (Autonomous Systems)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-185108DOI: 10.1109/IROS.2015.7353987ISI: 000371885404073Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84958172076ISBN: 978-1-4799-9994-1 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-185108DiVA, id: diva2:919021
Conference
IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), SEP 28-OCT 02, 2015, Hamburg, GERMANY
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QC 20160412

Available from: 2016-04-12 Created: 2016-04-11 Last updated: 2018-04-11Bibliographically approved
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1. Enhancing geometric maps through environmental interactions
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Enhancing geometric maps through environmental interactions
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The deployment of rescue robots in real operations is becoming increasingly commonthanks to recent advances in AI technologies and high performance hardware. Rescue robots can now operate for extended period of time, cover wider areas andprocess larger amounts of sensory information making them considerably more usefulduring real life threatening situations, including both natural or man-made disasters.

In this thesis we present results of our research which focuses on investigating ways of enhancing visual perception for Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) through environmental interactions using different sensory systems, such as tactile sensors and wireless receivers.

We argue that a geometric representation of the robot surroundings built upon vision data only, may not suffice in overcoming challenging scenarios, and show that robot interactions with the environment can provide a rich layer of new information that needs to be suitably represented and merged into the cognitive world model. Visual perception for mobile ground vehicles is one of the fundamental problems in rescue robotics. Phenomena such as rain, fog, darkness, dust, smoke and fire heavily influence the performance of visual sensors, and often result in highly noisy data, leading to unreliable or incomplete maps.

We address this problem through a collection of studies and structure the thesis as follow:Firstly, we give an overview of the Search & Rescue (SAR) robotics field, and discuss scenarios, hardware and related scientific questions.Secondly, we focus on the problems of control and communication. Mobile robotsrequire stable communication with the base station to exchange valuable information. Communication loss often presents a significant mission risk and disconnected robotsare either abandoned, or autonomously try to back-trace their way to the base station. We show how non-visual environmental properties (e.g. the WiFi signal distribution) can be efficiently modeled using probabilistic active perception frameworks based on Gaussian Processes, and merged into geometric maps so to facilitate the SAR mission. We then show how to use tactile perception to enhance mapping. Implicit environmental properties such as the terrain deformability, are analyzed through strategic glancesand touches and then mapped into probabilistic models.Lastly, we address the problem of reconstructing objects in the environment. Wepresent a technique for simultaneous 3D reconstruction of static regions and rigidly moving objects in a scene that enables on-the-fly model generation. Although this thesis focuses mostly on rescue UGVs, the concepts presented canbe applied to other mobile platforms that operates under similar circumstances. To make sure that the suggested methods work, we have put efforts into design of user interfaces and the evaluation of those in user studies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2018. p. 58
Series
TRITA-EECS-AVL ; 2018:26
Keywords
Gaussian Processes Robotics UGV Active perception geometric maps
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Computer Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-225957 (URN)978-91-7729-720-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2018-04-18, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, Sing-Sing, floor 2, KTH Campus, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme
Note

QC 20180411

Available from: 2018-04-11 Created: 2018-04-11 Last updated: 2018-04-11Bibliographically approved

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