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Project:  Visual Radar
Disciplines:  Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Mentor:  Roland Brockers, (JPL), Roland.Brockers@jpl.nasa.gov, Phone: (818) 354-8817
Background:  Vision-based 3D reconstruction from aerial imagery has a long history in computer vision. Usually a single camera is flown at high altitudes and images from different positions are then used to reconstruct the overflown terrain in a structure-from-motion approach. This basic technique can be applied to multiple cameras (e.g. on two different aircraft) that take images of the same terrain.
Description:  The goal of this project is to reconstruct overflown terrain from aerial images of two synchronized cameras that are operated in a non-rigid setup (e.g. on two small quadrotor UAVs), and produce fused elevation maps that can be used for terrain relative navigation at low altitudes.
References:  Lots of literature about vision-based 3D reconstruction and structure-from-motion.
Additionally helpful:
http://www.cds.caltech.edu/~murray/courses/me132-wi11/me132a_lec09.pdf
http://www.cds.caltech.edu/~murray/courses/me132-wi11/me132a_lec07.pdf
https://www-robotics.jpl.nasa.gov/tasks/showTask.cfm?FuseAction=ShowTask&TaskID=276&tdaID=700080
http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-09387-1_4
Student Requirements:  Good programming skills in C/C++, good operating system knowledge (Linux based), and basic knowledge in computer vision are required for this project. Knowledge in ROS and on embedded programming on ARM-based processors can be helpful.
Location / Safety:  Project building and/or room locations: . Student will need special safety training: No.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

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