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Hazelaar, Sander (author)
New insights into the landing behavior of bumblebees show an adaptive strategy where the optical flow expansion of the landing target is step-wise regulated. In this article, the potential benefits of this approach are studied by replicating the landing experiment with a quadrotor. To this end, an open-loop switching method is developed,...
master thesis 2024
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Magri, Federico (author)
In this study, we present a first step towards a cutting-edge software framework that will enable autonomous racing capabilities for nano drones. Through the integration of neural networks tailored for real-time operation on resource-constrained devices. A lightweight Convolutional Neural Network, with the Gatenet architecture, is adjusted for...
master thesis 2023
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KALYANASUNDARAM, DARSHAN (author)
A key important part of a warehouse operation is to keep track of the products in the warehouse. Traditionally, handheld scanners are used to scan the products to perform a stock count. The advancements in robotics have paved the way for new technologies that can improve the scanning process. This work shows how prior knowledge and warehouse...
master thesis 2023
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Erwich, Hajo (author)
Gas Source Localization (GSL) is a challenging field of research within the robotics community. Existing methods vary widely and each has its own strengths and weaknesses. Existing GSL evaluations vary in environment size, wind conditions, and gas simulation fidelity, thereby complicating objective comparison between algorithms. They also lack...
master thesis 2023
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Burgers, Tim (author)
In recent years, Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) have become a standard in robotic control. However, a significant drawback of large-scale ANNs is their increased power consumption. This becomes a critical concern when designing autonomous aerial vehicles, given the stringent constraints on power and weight. Especially in the case of blimps,...
master thesis 2023
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Firlefyn, Michiel (author)
Insects have long been recognized for their ability to navigate and return home using visual cues from their nest’s environment. However, the precise mechanism underlying this remarkable homing skill remains a subject of ongoing investigation. Drawing inspiration from the learning flights of honey bees and wasps, we propose a robot navigation...
master thesis 2023
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Farah, Youssef (author)
Event cameras are novel bio-inspired sensors that capture motion dynamics with much higher temporal resolution than traditional cameras, since pixels react asynchronously to brightness changes. They are therefore better suited for tasks involving motion such as motion segmentation. However, training event-based networks still represents a...
master thesis 2023
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Lodder, Erwin (author)
master thesis 2023
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den Ridder, Luc (author)
Although deep reinforcement learning (DRL) is a highly promising approach to learning robotic vision-based control, it is plagued by long training times. This report introduces a DRL setup that relies on self-supervised learning for extracting depth information valuable for navigation. Specifically, a literature study is conducted to investigate...
master thesis 2023
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Suys, Tom (author)
Prolonging the endurance of fixed-wing UAVs is crucial for achieving complex missions, yet their limited battery life poses a significant challenge. In response, this research proposes a novel approach to extend the endurance of fixed-wing UAVs by enabling autonomous soaring in an orographic wind field. The goal of our research is to develop a...
master thesis 2023
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Origer, Sebastien (author)
Reaching fast and autonomous flight requires computationally efficient and robust algorithms. To this end, we train Guidance & Control Networks to approximate optimal control policies ranging from energy-optimal to time-optimal flight. We show that the policies become more difficult to learn the closer we get to the time-optimal ’bang-bang’...
master thesis 2023
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Mink, Raoul (author)
Decentralised drone swarms need real time collision avoidance, thus requiring efficient, real time relative localisation. This paper explores different data inputs for vision based relative localisation. It introduces a novel dataset generated in <i>Blender</i>, providing ground truth optic flow and depth. Comparisons to <i>MPI Sintel</i>, an...
master thesis 2023
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Meester, Ruben (author)
We present a computationally cheap 3D bug algorithm for drones, using stereo vision. Obstacle avoidance is important, but difficult for robots with limited resources, such as drones. Stereo vision requires less weight and power than active distance measurement sensors, but typically has a limited Field of View (FoV). In addition, the stereo...
master thesis 2023
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Liu, Changrui (author)
Relative localization (RL) is essential for the successful operation of micro air vehicle (MAV) swarms. Achieving accurate 3-D RL in infrastructure-free and GPS-denied environments with only distance information is a challenging problem that has not been satisfactorily solved. In this work, based on the range-based peer-to-peer RL using the...
master thesis 2022
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Knoops, Stefan (author)
Event based vision has recently attracted a lot of attention. High data rates and robustness to lighting variations make it a valid option for indoor navigation. The previously developed FAITH algorithm calculates a possible Focus of Expansion<br/>area based on negative half-planes generated by optic flow and by employing a RANSAC search, a fast...
master thesis 2022
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Bouwmeester, Rik (author)
Nano quadcopters are small, agile, and cheap platforms well suited for deployment in narrow, cluttered environments. Due to their limited payload, nano quadcopters are highly constrained in processing power, rendering conventional vision-based methods for autonomous navigation incompatible. Recent machine learning developments promise high...
master thesis 2022
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Stikker, Roelof (author)
Abstract— Stereo vision is a commonly applied method to achieve depth perception on Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs). Stereo matching algorithms are often optimized for specific environments and camera properties, using the ground truth error as a supervisor. However, in practical applications ground truth data is usually not available. Therefore, in...
master thesis 2022
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Dupon, Fréderic (author)
The use of micro air vehicles (MAV) is becoming increasingly mainstream and with them their applications have become more demanding across the board. The application of MAV’s in large GNSS-denied environments often asks for a distributed and scalable localisation system with minimal reliance on static localisation hardware. In this research a...
master thesis 2022
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Eggers, Yvonne (author)
Event cameras and spiking neural networks (SNNs) allow for a highly bio-inspired, low-latency and power efficient implementation of optic flow estimation. Just recently, a hierarchical SNN was proposed in which motion selectivity is learned from raw event data in an unsupervised manner using spike-timing-dependent plasticity (STDP). However,...
master thesis 2022
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Ferede, Robin (author)
Developing optimal controllers for aggressive high speed quadcopter flight remains a major challenge in the field of robotics. Recent work has shown that neural networks trained with supervised learning are a good candidate for real-time optimal quadcopter control. In these methods, the networks (termed G\&amp;CNets) are trained using optimal...
master thesis 2022
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