Integrated field testing of planetary robotics vision processing: the PRoVisG campaign in Tenerife 2011

G. Paar, L. Waugh, Dave Barnes, T. Pajdla, M. Woods, H. -R. Graf, Y. Gao, K. Willner, J. -P. Muller, R. Li

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In order to maximize the use of a robotic probe during its limited lifetime, scientists immediately have to be provided the best achievable visual quality of 3D data products. The EU FP7-SPACE Project PRoVisG (2008-2012) develops technology for the rapid processing and effective representation of visual data by improving ground processing facilities. In September 2011 PRoVisG held a Field Trials campaign in the Caldera of Tenerife to verify the implemented 3D Vision processing mechanisms and to collect various sets of reference data in representative environment. The campaign was strongly supported by the Astrium UK Rover Bridget as a representative platform which allows simultaneous onboard mounting and powering of various vision sensors such as the Aberystwyth ExoMars PanCam Emulator (AUPE). The paper covers the preparation work for such a campaign and highlights the experiments that include standard operations- and science- related components but also data capture to verify specific processing functions. We give an overview of the captured data and the compiled and envisaged processing results, as well as a summary of the test sites, logistics and test assets utilized during the campaign.© (2012) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
Original languageEnglish
Article number83010O
JournalProceedings of SPIE
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jan 2012
EventIntelligent Robots and Computer Vision XXIX: Algorithms and Techniques - , United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Duration: 28 Dec 201128 Dec 2011


  • robotics
  • vision
  • 3D vision
  • sensors


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