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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 266470

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Prof. Dr. Heinrich Bülthoff

Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics
heinrich.buelthoff[at]tuebingen.mpg.de

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Real-time landing place assessment

This work has been performed at the Opens external link in new windowCVLab at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

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Currently, automatic landing systems heavily rely on beacons and systems on the ground to determine the path towards a landing spot. In the myCopter project we are developing vision algorithms that can perform robust and real-time automated landing place assessment in man-made environments. With our approach, landing sites are assessed as featureless, but regularly shaped, areas in the image that typically characterise man-made landing structures. Examples include prepared landing surfaces such as runways and landing pads, as well as unprepared ones, including grass fields, dirt strips and building rooftops. This video shows a novel image segmentation and shape regularity measure that we have developed.