Bayes Networks on Ice: Robotic Search for Antarctic Meteorites

  title={Bayes Networks on Ice: Robotic Search for Antarctic Meteorites},
  author={Liam Pedersen and Dimitrios Apostolopoulos and William Whittaker},
A Bayes network based classifier for distinguishing terrestrial rocks from meteorites is implemented onboard the Nomad robot. Equipped with a camera, spectrometer and eddy current sensor, this robot searched the ice sheets of Antarctica and autonomously made the first robotic identification of a meteorite, in January 2000 at the Elephant Moraine. This paper discusses rock classification from a robotic platform, and describes the system onboard Nomad. 

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