Simplifying the world of high-speed 2D & 3D sensing at IROS 2016
Ruffo’s session highlighted the innovations Terabee has made in high-speed 2D and 3D distance sensing and its impact on control systems for fast moving robotics. “We understood that long range and ultra-fine 3D resolution is far from being the unique answer to autonomous navigation”, explains Ruffo, “mainly because of the calculation power required and the failure modes embedded in complex algorithms. Our philosophy is based on a more simplistic and reliable approach where we monitor fewer axis but in a safer and redundant manner, especially when assumptions can be made about the application environment. For example, we have joined basic 2D SLAM procedures with 3D mapping to solve some specific applications whilst keeping the computational demands of the solution as lightweight as possible.”
The enablers of the above navigation philosophy are high performance, modular and lightweight sensing solutions that can be used in applications and locations not previously viable. These were developed in collaboration with CERN, who are using TeraRanger sensors on a moving robot in the tunnel of the Large Hadron Collider.
Giuseppe Loianno, Davide Scaramuzza and Vijay Kumar were very satisfied with the success of their workshop, which has been one of the busiest in the whole IROS conference, with an audience in the region of 200 people. We were pleased to see TeraRanger modules being shown and used in most of the presentations of the workshop, giving us confidence in our contribution to raising today’s technology barrier.
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