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Hydra: a modular, universal multi-sensor data collection system
Author(s): Madelyn Davis; Lucas Cagle; Courtney Morgan; Christopher Hudson; Bostic Shell; David Gardner; Muhammad Aminul Islam; Cindy L. Bethel; John E. Ball; James R. Gafford; Derek T. Anderson; Yucheng Liu; Andrew LeClair
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Paper Abstract

The Sensor Analysis and Intelligence Laboratory (SAIL) at Mississippi State University's (MSU's) Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS) and the Social, Therapeutic and Robotic Systems Lab (STaRS) at MSU's Computer Science and Engineering department have designed and implemented a modular platform for automated sensor data collection and processing, named the Hydra. The Hydra is an open-source system (all artifacts and code are published to the research community), and it consists of a modular rigid mounting platform (sensors, processors, power supply and conditioning) that utilize the Picatinny rail (a standardized mounting system originally developed for firearms) as a rigid mounting system, a software platform utilizing the Robotic Operating System (ROS) for data collection, and design packages (schematics, CAD drawings, etc.). The Hydra system streamlines the assembly of a configurable multi-sensor system. This system is motivated to enable researchers to quickly select sensors, assemble them as an integrated system, and collect data (without having to recreate the Hydras hardware and software). Prototype results are presented from a recent data collection on a small robot during a SWAT-robot training.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 May 2018
PDF: 18 pages
Proc. SPIE 10643, Autonomous Systems: Sensors, Vehicles, Security, and the Internet of Everything, 106430D (3 May 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2305118
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Madelyn Davis, Mississippi State Univ. (United States)
Lucas Cagle, Mississippi State Univ. (United States)
Courtney Morgan, Mississippi State Univ. (United States)
Christopher Hudson, Mississippi State Univ. (United States)
Bostic Shell, Mississippi State Univ. (United States)
David Gardner, Mississippi State Univ. (United States)
Muhammad Aminul Islam, Mississippi State Univ. (United States)
Cindy L. Bethel, Mississippi State Univ. (United States)
John E. Ball, Mississippi State Univ. (United States)
James R. Gafford, Mississippi State Univ. (United States)
Derek T. Anderson, Univ. of Missouri (United States)
Yucheng Liu, Mississippi State Univ. (United States)
Andrew LeClair, Mississippi State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10643:
Autonomous Systems: Sensors, Vehicles, Security, and the Internet of Everything
Michael C. Dudzik; Jennifer C. Ricklin, Editor(s)

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