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OpenCV Mapping System

Friday, March 12th, 2010

I am starting work on a new robotics project. The current goal of this project is to have a set of robots that have an ad hoc wireless mesh network, for research purposes at Auburn University. Professor Biaz is conducting research on mesh networking systems. To make his life easier, he has enlisted my help with programming a set of robots that he can use for broadcasting his mesh network.

A current need for the system is a localization system for navigation inside the building we are working in. Utilizing OpenCV and web cameras mounted on the robots, I plan on creating a SLAM system that uses maps of the ceiling of our building for navigation purposes. With an upwards facing camera, and a map of the ceiling I should be able to use OpenCV to locate where the robots are on the map.

Right now, I am working on a proof of concept, if this works, I’ll update this and move on to maybe a more general library.