Students : Shakeeb Ahmad, Greg Brunson
The main idea behind the project is to develop a fully autonomous system, free of external sensing like motion capture and GPS. At the same time, it should be capable of sensing its environment for various tasks. NVIDIA Jetson TK1 is used as a main processor on-board while a forward facing ZED stereo camera is used to get visual odometry and to detect objects in the environment. The test prototype is then used to implement autonomous navigation through a set of square targets. The stereo camera is hence used to detect the square targets and their center points and finally, a path is planned through the center points. The algorithm is implemented in C++ using Robot Operating System (ROS) framework.
 Ahmad, Shakeeb, “High-Performance Testbed for Vision-Aided Autonomous Navigation for Quadrotor UAVs in Cluttered Environments”, University of New Mexico (Digital Respository), 2018