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View planning for automated site modeling

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2 Author(s)
Blaer, P.S. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Columbia Univ., New York, NY ; Allen, P.K.

We present a systematic method for constructing 3-D models of large outdoor sites. The method is designed for a mobile robot platform and incorporates automated acquisition of scanned data as well as automated view planning and model construction. In our modeling process, we first use a preliminary view or set of preplanned views to yield an initial, approximate, 3-D model of the target structure. Then, we update this model by using a voxel-based procedure to plan and acquire the next best view. This updating is repeated sequentially until an accurate and complete 3-D model is finally obtained. The method was successfully tested on a portion of the Columbia University campus

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Robotics and Automation, 2006. ICRA 2006. Proceedings 2006 IEEE International Conference on

Date of Conference:

15-19 May 2006