Volume 22 Issue 7/8 - Publication Date: 1 July - August 2003
Special Issue on the 3rd International Conference on Field and Service Robotics
The ANSER Project: Data Fusion across Multiple Uninhabited Air Vehicles
S. Sukkarieh, E. Nettleton, J.-H. Kim, M. Ridley, A. Goktogan, and H. Durrant-Whyte Australian Centre for Field Robotics, The Rose Street Building J04, The University of Sydney 2006 NSW, Australia

The objective of the autonomous navigation and sensing experiment research (ANSER) project is to demonstrate decentralized data fusion (DDF) and simultaneous localization and map building (SLAM) across multiple uninhabited air vehicles (UAVs). To achieve this objective, the project specifies the development of four UAVs, where each UAV houses up to two terrain sensors and an INS/GPS navigation system. The terrain sensors include a scanning radar, laser/vision and standard vision system. The DDF concept has to be shown to be effective both on a single UAV and on multiple UAVs. The proof of the concept will lie in the ability of the DDF structure to conduct multi-target tracking problems as well as SLAM. To obtain this goal, a number of subgoals are required, most of which have never been attempted before on a research level. The objective of this paper is to present these goals as an overview of the ANSER project along with some simulated and real-time results.

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