Winston Churchill

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In this paper we present a large dataset intended for use in mobile robotics research. Gathered from a robot driving several kilometers through a park and campus, it contains a five-degree-offreedom dead-reckoned trajectory, laser range/reflectance data and 20 Hz stereoscopic and omnidirectional imagery. All data is carefully timestamped and all data logs(More)
This paper is about long-term navigation in environments whose appearance changes over time, suddenly or gradually. We describe, implement and validate an approach which allows us to incrementally learn a model whose complexity varies naturally in accordance with variation of scene appearance. It allows us to leverage the state of the art in pose estimation(More)
This paper is about long-term navigation in environments whose appearance changes over time - suddenly or gradually. We describe, implement and validate an approach which allows us to incrementally learn a model whose complexity varies naturally in accordance with variation of scene appearance. It allows us to leverage the state of the art in pose(More)
In this paper we describe a body of work aimed at extending the reach of mobile navigation and mapping. We describe how running topological and metric mapping and pose estimation processes concurrently, using vision and laser ranging, has produced a full sixdegree-of-freedom outdoor navigation system. It is capable of proThe International Journal of(More)
In outdoor environments shadows are common. These typically strong visual features cause considerable change in the appearance of a place, and therefore confound vision-based localisation approaches. In this paper we describe how to convert a colour image of the scene to a greyscale invariant image where pixel values are a function of underlying material(More)
Continental North America's greatest earthquake sequence struck on the western frontier of the United States. The frontier was not then California but the valley of the continent's greatest river, the Mississippi, and the sequence was the New Madrid earthquakes of the winter of 1811-1812. Their described impacts on the land and the river were so dramatic as(More)
In this paper we propose the use of an illumination invariant transform to improve many aspects of visual localisation, mapping and scene classification for autonomous road vehicles. The illumination invariant colour space stems from modelling the spectral properties of the camera and scene illumination in conjunction, and requires only a single parameter(More)
This paper is about extending the reach and endurance of outdoor localisation using stereo vision. At the heart of the localisation is the fundamental task of discovering feature correspondences between recorded and live images. One aspect of this problem involves deciding where to look for correspondences in an image and the second is deciding what to look(More)
This paper is about life-long vast-scale localisation in spite of changes in weather, lighting and scene structure. Building upon our previous work in Experience-based Navigation [1], we continually grow and curate a visual map of the world that explicitly supports multiple representations of the same place. We refer to these representations as experiences,(More)