Mississippi State University
Ball, John E.
Date of Degree
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Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science
James Worth Bagley College of Engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Autonomous vehicles are complex robotic and artificial intelligence systems working together to achieve safe operation in unstructured environments. The objective of this work is to provide a foundation to develop more advanced algorithms for off-road autonomy. The project explores the sensors used for off-road autonomy and the data capture process. Additionally, the point cloud data captured from lidar sensors is processed to restore some of the geometric information lost during sensor sampling. Because ground truth values are needed for quantitative comparison, the MAVS was leveraged to generate a large off-road dataset in a variety of ecosystems. The results demonstrate data capture from the sensor suite and successful reconstruction of the selected geometric information. Using this geometric information, the point cloud data is more accurately segmented using the SqueezeSeg network.
This work was funded under by the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) and the US ARMY Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) under the Simulation Based Reliability and Safety (SimBRS) contract W56HZV-17-C-0095.
Farmer, Eric D., "Sensor capture and point cloud processing for off-road autonomous vehicles" (2020). Theses and Dissertations. 3917.