A Compact Visual-Odometry Sensor for UGVs

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Amount:
$729,869.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W56HZV-11-C-0207
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-4378
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
A09-203
Solicitation Number:
2009.3
Small Business Information
Traclabs, Inc.
100 Northeast Loop, Suite 520, San Antonio, TX, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
193786014
Principal Investigator
 Eric Huber
 Senior Scientist
 (281) 461-7884
 huber@traclabs.com
Business Contact
 David Kortenkamp
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (281) 461-7884
Email: korten@traclabs.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
This is a proposal to design a compact visual odometry sensor that can be mounted on unmanned ground vehicles. Visual odometry (VO) is a technique that estimates the ego-motion from images perceived by moving cameras. A self-contained visual odometry sensor would provide several significant benefits to unmanned ground vehicles, including: 1) providing position information to platforms that do not have encoders or other odometry sensors; 2) providing position information in GPS-denied environments; and 3) providing additional position information to supplement existing odometry sensors and mitigate their errors. The use of our odometry sensor will greatly increase the ability of an unmanned ground vehicle to operate autonomously as well as providing additional situation awareness to the vehicle operator. Our system will be self-contained, require no field calibration and operate under a variety of field conditions.

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