Korbinian Schmid and his colleagues Teodor Tomic, Felix Ruess, Heiko Hirschmüller and Michael Suppa won the RoboCup Best Paper Award for their paper “Stereo Vision-Based Indoor/Outdoor Navigation for Flying Robots” at the 2013 IROS Conference.
The paper describes the world’s first autonomously flying system that conducts on-board, real-time waypoint navigation with obstacle avoidance in complicated, or geometrically unrestricted, indoor and outdoor environments.
The system exclusively uses an IMU and images from a stereo camera as sensors, which are recalculated as depth maps on an FPGA using the SGM method.
The RoboCup Best Paper Award is one of the awards granted annually by the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, one of the major conferences in robotics research.
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