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

    The BIRD Multi University Research Initiative project envisions getting mini Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to autonomously navigate through densely clutte…
  • 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)


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

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

  • 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.

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