22 September 1997 Dynamic Bayes net approach to multimodal sensor fusion
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Proceedings Volume 3209, Sensor Fusion and Decentralized Control in Autonomous Robotic Systems; (1997) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.287628
Event: Intelligent Systems and Advanced Manufacturing, 1997, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Autonomous mobile robots rely on multiple sensors to perform a varied number of tasks in a given environment. Different tasks may need different sensors to estimate different subsets of world state. Also, different sensors can cooperate in discovering common subsets of world state. This paper presents a new approach to multimodal sensor fusion using dynamic Bayesian networks and an occupancy grid. The environment in which the robot operates is represented with an occupancy grid. This occupancy grid is asynchronously updated using probabilistic data obtained from multiple sensors and combined using Bayesian networks. Each cell in the occupancy grid stores multiple probability density functions representing combined evidence for the identity, location and properties of objects in the world. The occupancy grid also contains probabilistic representations for moving objects. Bayes nets allow information from one modality to provide cues for interpreting the output of sensors in other modalities. Establishing correlations or associations between sensor readings or interpretations leads to learning the conditional relationships between them. Thus bottoms-up, reflexive, or even accidentally-obtained information can provide tops-down cues for other sensing strategies. We present early results obtained for a mobile robot navigation task.
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Amit Singhal, Amit Singhal, Christopher R. Brown, Christopher R. Brown, } "Dynamic Bayes net approach to multimodal sensor fusion", Proc. SPIE 3209, Sensor Fusion and Decentralized Control in Autonomous Robotic Systems, (22 September 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.287628; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.287628

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