Time:        10:30-14:30 Sunday, 1 December
Location:  Thomas Room, Aerial UTS Function Centre
Historically, DARPA robotics challenges have served as a watershed for spawning new technologies and pushing the boundaries of innovation. This is evidenced by the DARPA Grand Challenge and the Urban challenge initiating the self-driving car industry. The current SubT Challenge is aimed accelerating technology development required for exploration in large scale GPS-denied, comms-degraded Subterranean environments. Access to these environments remain difficult, in spite of being relevant across a range of industries and applications. Such environments can vary drastically across subdomains such as tunnel systems, urban and municipal underground infrastructure, and natural cave networks. Furthermore, in time-sensitive scenarios, such as in disaster response, first responders are faced with a range of increased technical challenges, including difficult and dynamic terrains, degraded environmental conditions, severe communication constraints, and expansive areas of operation. These environments often pose too great a risk to deploy personnel. As such, robotics offers a compelling answer to this broad set of challenges, but issues like time-sensitive missions will require systems-level approaches built with teams of cooperating platforms and advancements across a range of technologies, including autonomy, perception, networking, and mobility. The topics covered in this tutorial will address how vision based technologies are being used to address the autonomy and perception challenges.
Since the current DARPA SubT challenge requires multiple vision based technologies to operate in harsh real-world environments, our tutorial is expected to provide some insights for both researcher and engineers interested in deploying their solutions in real-world situations.
Senior Principal Research Scientist
Senior Experimental Scientist
Principal Research Scientist
Navinda Kottege (email@example.com)