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Timo Hinzmann

Timo Hinzmann
ETH Zurich | ETH Zürich · Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering

Dr. sc. ETH Zurich

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In this paper, we propose a resource-efficient approach to provide an autonomous UAV with an on-board perception method to detect safe, hazard-free landing sites during flights over complex 3D terrain. We aggregate 3D measurements acquired from a sequence of monocular images by a Structure-from-Motion approach into a local, robot-centric, multi-res...
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In this paper, we propose a resource-efficient approach to provide an autonomous UAV with an on-board perception method to detect safe, hazard-free landing sites during flights over complex 3D terrain. We aggregate 3D measurements acquired from a sequence of monocular images by a Structure-from-Motion approach into a local, robot-centric, multi-res...
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This paper introduces SD-6DoF-ICLK, a learning-based Inverse Compositional Lucas-Kanade (ICLK) pipeline that uses sparse depth information to optimize the relative pose that best aligns two images on SE(3). To compute this six Degrees-of-Freedom (DoF) relative transformation, the proposed formulation requires only sparse depth information in one of...
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This paper presents a framework for the localization of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in unstructured environments with the help of deep learning. A real-time rendering engine is introduced that generates optical and depth images given a six Degrees-of-Freedom (DoF) camera pose, camera model, geo-referenced orthoimage, and elevation map. The rend...
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In this paper, we present our deep learning-based human detection system that uses optical (RGB) and long-wave infrared (LWIR) cameras to detect, track, localize, and re-identify humans from UAVs flying at high altitude. In each spectrum, a customized RetinaNet network with ResNet backbone provides human detections which are subsequently fused to m...
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In this paper, we propose a visual-inertial framework able to efficiently estimate the camera poses of a non-rigid trinocular baseline for long-range depth estimation on-board a fast moving aerial platform. The estimation of the time-varying baseline is based on relative inertial measurements, a photometric relative pose optimizer, and a probabilis...
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This paper proposes a computationally efficient method to estimate the time-varying relative pose between two visual-inertial sensor rigs mounted on the flexible wings of a fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The estimated relative poses are used to generate highly accurate depth maps in real-time and can be employed for obstacle avoidance in...
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Full autonomy for fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) requires the capability to autonomously detect potential landing sites in unknown and unstructured terrain, allowing for self-governed mission completion or handling of emergency situations. In this work, we propose a perception system addressing this challenge by detecting landing sites...
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Use of low-cost depth sensors, such as a stereo camera setup with illuminators, is of particular interest for numerous applications ranging from robotics and transportation to mixed and augmented reality. The ability to quantify noise is crucial for these applications, e.g., when the sensor is used for map generation or to develop a sensor scheduli...
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Full autonomy for fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) requires the capability to autonomously detect potential landing sites in unknown and unstructured terrain, allowing for self-governed mission completion or handling of emergency situations. In this work, we propose a perception system addressing this challenge by detecting landing sites...
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Large-scale aerial sensing missions can greatly benefit from the perpetual endurance capability provided by high-performance low-altitude solar-powered unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). However, today these UAVs suffer from small payload capacity, low energetic margins, and high operational complexity. To tackle these problems, this paper presents f...
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The reduced operational cost and increased robustness of unmanned aerial vehicles has made them a ubiquitous tool in the commercial, industrial and scientific sector. Especially the ability to map and surveil a large area in a short amount of time makes them interesting for various applications. Generating a map in real-time is essential for first...
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We propose a novel scoring concept for visual place recognition based on nearest neighbor descriptor voting and demonstrate how the algorithm naturally emerges from the problem formulation. Based on the observation that the number of votes for matching places can be evaluated using a binomial distribution model, loop closures can be detected with h...
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We present the development process behind AtlantikSolar, a small 6.9 kg hand-launchable low-altitude solar-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that recently completed an 81-hour continuous flight and thereby established a new flight endurance world record for all aircraft below 50 kg mass. The goal of our work is to increase the usability of such...
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Experimental Robotics XV is the collection of papers presented at the International Symposium on Experimental Robotics, Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan on October 3-6, 2016. 73 scientific papers were selected and presented after peer review. The papers span a broad range of sub-fields in robotics including aerial robots, mobile robots, actuation, grasping,...
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Precise real-time information about the position and orientation of robotic platforms as well as locally consistent point-clouds are essential for control, navigation, and obstacle avoidance. For years, GPS has been the central source of navigational information in airborne applications, yet as we aim for robotic operations close to the terrain and...
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We propose a real-time system to detect and track multiple humans from high bird’s-eye views. First, we present a fast pipeline to detect humans observed from large distances by efficiently fusing information from a visual and infrared spectrum camera. The main contribution of our work is a new tracking approach. Its novelty lies in online learning...
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Accurate and robust real-time map generation onboard of a fixed-wing UAV is essential for obstacle avoidance, path planning, and critical maneuvers such as autonomous takeoff and landing. Due to the computational constraints, the required robustness and reliability, it remains a challenge to deploy a fixed-wing UAV with an online-capable, accurate...
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This paper describes an overview of a generic framework for collaboration among humans and multiple heterogeneous robotic systems based on the use of a formal characterization of delegation as a speech act. The system used contains a complex set of integrated software modules that include delegation managers for each platform, a task specification...

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