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A Cost Effective Tracking System for Small Unmanned Aerial Systems

Authors
  • Kontitsis, Michail1
  • Valavanis, Kimon1
  • 1 University of Denver, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science, Denver, CO, USA , Denver (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Nov 14, 2009
Volume
57
Issue
1-4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10846-009-9378-y
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

In this work we address the problem of object tracking in a largely unknown dynamic environment under the additional constraint of real-time operation and limited computational power. The main design directives remain that of real time execution and low price, high availability components. It is in a sense an investigation for the minimum required hardware and algorithmic complexity to accomplish the desired tasks. We present a system that is based on simple techniques such as template matching adapted for use in a dynamically changing environment. After development, the system was evaluated as to its suitability in a traffic monitoring application where it demonstrated adequate performance.

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