In this paper, we present a Computer Vision (CV) based tracking and fusion algorithm, dedicated to a 3D printed gimbal system on drones operating in nature. The whole gimbal system can stabilize the camera orientation robustly in a challenging nature scenario by using skyline and ground plane as references. Our main contributions are the following: a) a light-weight Resnet-18 backbone network model was trained from scratch, and deployed onto the Jetson Nano platform to segment the image into binary parts (ground and sky); b) our geometry assumption from nature cues delivers the potential for robust visual tracking by using the skyline and ground plane as a reference; c) a spherical surface-based adaptive particle sampling, can fuse orientation from multiple sensor sources flexibly. The whole algorithm pipeline is tested on our customized gimbal module including Jetson and other hardware components. The experiments were performed on top of a building in the real landscape.
- Pub Date:
- June 2022
- Computer Science - Robotics;
- Electrical Engineering and Systems Science - Image and Video Processing;
- Electrical Engineering and Systems Science - Systems and Control;
- content in 6 pages, 9 figures, 2 pseudo codes, one table, accepted by ICRA 2023