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A Robust Approach to Vision-Based Terrain Aided Localization
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Dan Navon (M.Sc. Thesis Seminar)
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Tuesday, 13.06.2023, 16:00
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Zoom Lecture: 94171574353 and Taub 601.
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Advisor: Prof. Ehud Rivlin and Dr. Hector Rotstein
Terrain-aided navigation (TAN) was developed before the GPS era to prevent the error growth of inertial navigation. TAN algorithms were initially developed to exploit altitude over ground or clearance measurements from a radar altimeter in combination with a Digital Terrain Map (DTM). After almost two decades of silence, the availability of inexpensive cameras and computational power and the need to find efficient GPS-denied positioning solutions have prompted a renewed interest in this solution. However, vision-based TAN is more challenging in many aspects than the original one, as visual observables can only provide a range up to a scale, preventing a straightforward extension of classical TAN techniques. The main contributions of this work are the introduction of a new, more flexible, and efficient algorithm for solving the visual-assisted TAN. The algorithm combines two fast stages for solving the problem. In addition, a new outlier-rejection step is introduced between the two stages to make the algorithm robust and suitable for real-world data.