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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Course Overview

    Vision-Based Control for Autonomous Vehicles


    This course will present an in-depth treatment on vision-based control and its application to autonomous vehicles. The maturation of synthetic vision is rapidly advancing the capability for fully-autonomous decision making to maneuver through environments with unknown obstacles. In particular, any cooperative operation will require some level of decision making for individual vehicles as well as the group to account for environmental features. This course will introduce the basics of synthetic vision and build up state-of-the-art developments in vision-based control. Techniques such as scene reconstruction and state estimation are formulated to provide feedback. Control approaches, both nonlinear and robust, are synthesized to utilize the vision-based feedback for decision making. The entire process, including path planning, is thus constructed from a series of subtasks. The authors bring their extensive experience at testing of vision-based controllers, both ground vehicles and air vehicles, through of examples and demonstrations that highlight practical issues of implementation and performance.

    Key Topics:

    • Camera Characteristics
    • Scene Reconstruction
    • State Estimation
    • Robust Vision
    • Visual-Servo Control
    • Path Planning

    Who Should Attend:

    This course is intended for users interested in theoretical understanding of state-of-the-art concepts in vision-based control along with practical issues related to implementation. The material is appropriate for engineers with a basic knowledge of controls who want to investigate the basics of synthetic vision and its integration into autopilot structures.

    Course Information:

    Type of Course: Instructor-Led Short Course
    Course Level: Fundamentals/Intermediate

    Course scheduling available in the following formats:

    • Course at Conference
    • Onsite Course
    • Stand-alone/Public Course

    Course Length: 2 days
    AIAA CEU's available: yes