Towards Autonomous Navigation of Miniature UAV

Roland Brockers, Martin Hummenberger, Stephan Weiss, Larry Matthies; Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) Workshops, 2014, pp. 631-637


Micro air vehicles such as miniature rotorcrafts require high-precision and fast localization updates for their control, but cannot carry large payloads. Therefore, only small and light-weight sensors and processing units can be deployed on such platforms, favoring vision-based solutions that use light weight cameras and run on small embedded computing platforms. In this paper, we propose a navigation framework to provide a small quadrotor UAV with accurate state estimation for high speed control including 6DoF pose and sensor self-calibration. Our method allows very fast deployment without prior calibration procedures literally rendering the vehicle a throw-and-go platform. Additionally, we demonstrate hazard-avoiding autonomous landing to showcase a high-level navigation capability that relies on the low-level pose estimation results and is executed on the same embedded platform. We explain our hardware-specific implementation on a 12g processing unit and show real-world end-to-end results.

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author = {Brockers, Roland and Hummenberger, Martin and Weiss, Stephan and Matthies, Larry},
title = {Towards Autonomous Navigation of Miniature UAV},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) Workshops},
month = {June},
year = {2014}