Autonomous Vision-based Flight through a Forest

From the description of the youtube movie,
"An AR Drone flies autonomously through a forest using only its camera to avoid trees. The Drone is first flown by a human pilot and subsequently learns to imitate the pilot and avoid obstacles on its own.
Research done at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. Funded by ONR through BIRD MURI."

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Comment by Jack Crossfire on September 23, 2012 at 11:43pm

Most notable is that all the grad students got their undergrad degrees overseas.  It seemed to be using the camera for proximity detection similar to sonar.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on September 24, 2012 at 2:24am

Those chaps from Switzerland have that sorted don't they?

Comment by Ellison Chan on September 24, 2012 at 7:21am

Wow the learning algorithms are getting more sophisticated day by day.  Has there been a break through in AI lately?

Comment by R. D. Starwalt on September 24, 2012 at 7:42am

They only posted the things it *missed*; the sci-skeptic in me wonders how many things it did not miss.

However, the drone was probably reacting to real-time inputs from a vision system as Jack C points out.

Is there enough processing power in an AR to do this real time?

The process may be like this:  Object ----->(AR Cam)<---------->(Vision Algorithm in control)


Comment by Oswald Berthold on October 1, 2012 at 6:36am

Just in case you are wondering, the original project's site appears to be at


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