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Integrated multi-sensor package (IMSP) for unmanned vehicle operations
Author(s): Eddie C. Crow; Karl Reichard; Chris Rogan; Jeff Callen; Elwood Seifert
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes recent efforts to develop integrated multi-sensor payloads for small robotic platforms for improved operator situational awareness and ultimately for greater robot autonomy. The focus is on enhancements to perception through integration of electro-optic, acoustic, and other sensors for navigation and inspection. The goals are to provide easier control and operation of the robot through fusion of multiple sensor outputs, to improve interoperability of the sensor payload package across multiple platforms through the use of open standards and architectures, and to reduce integration costs by embedded sensor data processing and fusion within the sensor payload package. The solutions investigated in this project to be discussed include: improved capture, processing and display of sensor data from multiple, non-commensurate sensors; an extensible architecture to support plug and play of integrated sensor packages; built-in health, power and system status monitoring using embedded diagnostics/prognostics; sensor payload integration into standard product forms for optimized size, weight and power; and the use of the open Joint Architecture for Unmanned Systems (JAUS)/ Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) AS-4 interoperability standard. This project is in its first of three years. This paper will discuss the applicability of each of the solutions in terms of its projected impact to reducing operational time for the robot and teleoperator.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 October 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6736, Unmanned/Unattended Sensors and Sensor Networks IV, 673604 (5 October 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.740940
Show Author Affiliations
Eddie C. Crow, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Karl Reichard, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Chris Rogan, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Jeff Callen, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Elwood Seifert, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6736:
Unmanned/Unattended Sensors and Sensor Networks IV
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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