• Autonomous Terrain Mapping Using COTS Hardware

      Kosbar, Kurt; Anderson, James; Honse, Adam; Missouri University of Science and Technology (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2012-10)
      The paper describes the development of a robotic platform which can autonomously map terrain using a COTS infrared imaging and ranging system. The robotic system is based on an omnidirectional platform, and can navigate typical commercial indoor environments. An on-board processor performs surface reconstruction, and condenses the point clouds generated by the ranging system to mesh models which can be more easily stored and transmitted. The processor then correlates new frames with the existing world model by using sensor odomerty. The robot will autonomously determine the best areas of the environment to map, and gather complete three dimensional color models of arbitrary environments.