Dave Ferguson

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Chris Urmson, Joshua Anhalt, Drew Bagnell, Christopher Baker, Robert Bittner, M. N. Clark, John Dolan, Dave Duggins, Tugrul Galatali, Chris Geyer, Michele Gittleman, Sam Harbaugh, Martial Hebert, Thomas M. Howard, Sascha Kolski, Alonzo Kelly, Maxim Likhachev, Matt McNaughton, Nick Miller, Kevin Peterson, Brian Pilnick, Raj Rajkumar, Paul Rybski, Bryan(More)
We present an anytime algorithm for planning paths through high-dimensional, non-uniform cost search spaces. Our approach works by generating a series of rapidly-exploring random trees (RRTs), where each tree reuses information from previous trees to improve its growth and the quality of its resulting path. We also present a number of modifications to the(More)
In this paper, we present an algorithm for generating complex dynamically feasible maneuvers for autonomous vehicles traveling at high speeds over large distances. Our approach is based on performing anytime incremental search on a multi-resolution, dynamically feasible lattice state space. The resulting planner provides real-time performance and guarantees(More)
We present a replanning algorithm for repairing rapidly-exploring random trees when changes are made to the configuration space. Instead of abandoning the current RRT, our algorithm efficiently removes just the newly-invalid parts and maintains the rest. It then grows the resulting tree until a new solution is found. We use this algorithm to create a(More)
We present an interpolation-based planning and replanning algorithm for generating low-cost paths through uniform and nonuniform resolution grids. Most grid-based path planners use discrete state transitions that artificially constrain an agent’s motion to a small set of possible headings e.g., 0, /4, /2, etc. . As a result, even “optimal” gridbased(More)
We present the Constrained Bi-directional Rapidly-Exploring Random Tree (CBiRRT) algorithm for planning paths in configuration spaces with multiple constraints. This algorithm provides a general framework for handling a variety of constraints in manipulation planning including torque limits, constraints on the pose of an object held by a robot, and(More)
We present an efficient, anytime method for path planning in dynamic environments. Current approaches to planning in such domains either assume that the environment is static and replan when changes are observed, or assume that the dynamics of the environment are perfectly known a priori. Our approach takes into account all prior information about both the(More)
We describe the architecture, algorithms, and experiments with HERB, an autonomous mobile manipulator that performs useful manipulation tasks in the home. We present new algorithms for searching for objects, learning to navigate in cluttered dynamic indoor scenes, recognizing and registering objects accurately in high clutter using vision, manipulating(More)
Pedestrian detection has been an important problem for decades, given its relevance to a number of applications in robotics, including driver assistance systems, road scene understanding and surveillance systems. The two main practical requirements for fielding such systems are very high accuracy and real-time speed: we need pedestrian detectors that are(More)
We present a sampling-based path planning and replanning algorithm that produces anytime solutions. Our algorithm tunes the quality of its result based on available search time by generating a series of solutions, each guaranteed to be better than the previous ones by a user-defined improvement bound. When updated information regarding the underlying search(More)