Tracking in GPS-Denied and Vision-Impaired Environments

We develop a real-time system that tracks 6 degrees of freedom of head poses of the user under GPS-denied environments by incorporating multiple low-cost sensors (cameras, IMUs, and range radios) mounted on the user. The system is based on an error-state Kalman filter algorithm we propose to fuse local measurements from visual odometry, global measurements from landmark matching through a pre-built visual landmark database, and ranging measurements from either static or dynamic ranging radios.   

The system has been demonstrated to provide highly-accurate results both indoors and outdoors over large areas, even in vision-impaired conditions such as smoky scenes.


Tracking of Users in GPS-Denied Environment


Taragay Oskiper, Han-Pang Chiu, Zhiwei Zhu, Supun Samarasekera, and Rakesh Kumar, "Multi-Modal Sensor Fusion Algorithm for Ubiquitous Infrastructure-Free Localization in Vision-Impaired Environments ", IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2010. pdf