I am a professor at the Department of Electrical and
Computer Systems Engineering at Monash University

email: tom.drummond@monash.edu

Research Topics:

Visual localisation of a robot with an external RGBD sensor (with Winston Yii, Nalika Damayanthi and Wai Ho Li)

This paper presents a novel approach to visual localisation that uses a camera on the robot coupled wirelessly to an external RGB-D sensor. Unlike systems where an external sensor observes the robot, our approach merely assumes the robots camera and external sensor share a portion of their field of view. Experiments were performed using a Microsoft Kinect as the external sensor and a small mobile robot. The robot carries a smartphone, which acts as its camera, sensor processor, control platform and wireless link. Computational effort is distributed between the smartphone and a host PC connected to the Kinect. Experimental results show that the approach is accurate and robust in dynamic environments with substantial object movement and occlusions.  This work won the best student paper prize at ACRA 2011.
[ACRA 2011 paper]

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