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Sensor Data Processing and Fusion

The sensors that give an autonomous vehicle its view of the surrounding world are one of its most critical components. CAVS researchers are working with various sensors, including LiDAR, multispectral cameras, radar, ultrasonic, and others, to investigate the following factors:

  • How to best apply each sensor technology
  • How to filter and process the vast amounts of data that is generated
  • How to fuse together data from different sensor types



Three dimensional scene reconstruction from a single infrared camera on a ground vehicle. Images are color coded. Blue equals smaller and red represents larger values of “depth images” for different standoff distances from the vehicle. Infrared sensors Detection of buried explosive hazards in infrared imagery. Top: Features (histogram of local binary patterns) extracted from the raw imagery. Bottom: Features extracted from a filtered image.