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CONTROLLING UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES TO AVOID OBSTACLE COLLISION

A method, device, framework, and system provide the ability to control an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to avoid obstacle collision. Range data of a real-world scene is acquired using range sensors (that provide depth data to visible objects). The range data is combined into an egospace representation (consisting of pixels in egospace). An apparent size of each of the visible objects is expanded based on a dimension of the UAV. An assigned destination in the real world scene based on world space is received and transformed into egospace coordinates in egospace. A trackable path from the UAV to the assigned destination through egospace that avoids collision with the visible objects (based on the expanded apparent sizes of each of the visible objects) is generated. Inputs that control the UAV to follow the trackable path are identified.
Inventors: 

Anthony T. S. Fragoso

Larry H. Matthies

Roland Brockers

Richard M. Murray

Patent Number: 
US2017193830
Patent Issue Date: 
August 6, 2017
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