Beau J. Tippetts

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Micro Unmanned Air Vehicles are well suited for a wide variety of applications in agriculture, homeland security, military, search and rescue, and surveillance. In response to these opportunities, a quad-rotor micro UAV has been developed at the Robotic Vision Lab at Brigham Young University. The quad-rotor UAV uses a custom, low-power FPGA platform to(More)
A significant amount of research in the field of stereo vision has been published in the past decade. Considerable progress has been made in improving accuracy of results as well as achieving real-time performance in obtaining those results. This work provides a comprehensive review of stereo vision algorithms with specific emphasis on real-time performance(More)
Vision algorithms were implemented on an field programmable gate array to provide additional information to supplement the insufficient data of a standard inertial measurement unit in order to create a previously unrealized completely onboard vision system for microunmanned aerial vehicles. The onboard vision system is composed of an field programmable gate(More)
In this paper an embedded vision system and control module is introduced that is capable of controlling an unmanned four-rotor helicopter and processing live video for various law enforcement, security, military, and civilian applications. The vision system is implemented on a newly designed compact FPGA board (Helios). The Helios board contains a Xilinx(More)
This paper describes an on-board vision sensor system that is developed specifically for small unmanned vehicle applications. For small vehicles, vision sensors have many advantages, including size, weight, and power consumption, over other sensors such as radar, sonar, and laser range finder, etc. A vision sensor is also uniquely suited for tasks such as(More)