Teresa Vidal-Calleja received her BSc in Mech Eng from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico, her MSc in Electrical Eng (Mechatronics options) from CINVESTAV-IPN, Mexico City and her PhD in Automatic Control, Computer Vision and Robotics from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, Spain in 2007.
During her PhD studies, she was Visiting Scholar at the Active Vision Lab, University of Oxford, U.K., and the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR), the University of Sydney, Australia. In 2008, she was Postdoctoral Fellow at LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, France. She went back to ACFR as a Research Fellow from 2009 to 2011. Teresa was UTS Chancellor's Research Fellow at the Centre for Autonomous Systems from 2014-2017.
Teresa has been invited to present her research at leading international robotics laboratories such as ETHZ, Switzerland, IBEO Automotive, Germany, Virginia Tech in USA, AIST Japan; CCADET-UNAM, Mexico; Informatik Universität Bremen in Germany; KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden; LAAS-CNRS, France.
She was program chair at ACRA 2017, local chair at International Conference on Social Robotics ICSR 2014, and co-organizer of IROS 2015 workshop on Alternative Sensing for Robot Perception: Beyond Laser and Vision and GraphBot 2010, the IROS Workshop on Probabilistic Graphical Models in Robotics.
Dr Vidal-Calleja is reviewer for ERA A*- and A-ranked journals such as IEEE Transactions on Robotics, International Journal of Robotics Research, Robots and Autonomous Systems, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics and Sensors. She has been a reviewer for leading robotics conferences, including ICRA, IROS and RSS, since 2006.
Robotic perception, automatic recognition, alternative sensing, visual SLAM, aerial and ground robots cooperation, and autonomous navigation.
Falque, R., Vidal-Calleja, T. & Miro, J.V. 2017, 'Defect Detection and Segmentation Framework for Remote Field Eddy Current Sensor Data.', Sensors (Basel, Switzerland), vol. 17, no. 10.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Remote-Field Eddy-Current (RFEC) technology is often used as a Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) method to prevent water pipe failures. By analyzing the RFEC data, it is possible to quantify the corrosion present in pipes. Quantifying the corrosion involves detecting defects and extracting their depth and shape. For large sections of pipelines, this can be extremely time-consuming if performed manually. Automated approaches are therefore well motivated. In this article, we propose an automated framework to locate and segment defects in individual pipe segments, starting from raw RFEC measurements taken over large pipelines. The framework relies on a novel feature to robustly detect these defects and a segmentation algorithm applied to the deconvolved RFEC signal. The framework is evaluated using both simulated and real datasets, demonstrating its ability to efficiently segment the shape of corrosion defects.
Li, Q., Xiong, R. & Vidal-Calleja, T. 2017, 'A GMM based uncertainty model for point clouds registration', Robotics and Autonomous Systems, vol. 91, pp. 349-362.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
© 2016 Elsevier B.V.The existing methods for the registration of point clouds acquired by laser scanners have some limitations. Firstly, as some samples of surface, a point cloud acquired by the laser scanner, which normally works in a spherical fashion, has very limited density when the surface is far away from the laser scanner and the density varies a lot at different ranges. Current registration methods cannot accurately model the surface uncertainty for such kind of point clouds of limited and large varying density. Secondly, when the point cloud is acquired while the platform is simultaneously moving, the estimation error of the platform motion makes the acquired point cloud distorted. To deal with these problems, in this paper, we propose an uncertainty model based on the Gaussian Mixture Model (GMM) to represent the point cloud. Specifically, we construct the GMM piece-wisely on the underlying surface of point cloud, which will accurately model the surface uncertainty. Also a hierarchical structure is employed to increase the robustness of the registration. Furthermore, by assigning each Gaussian component with a pose, a probabilistic graph can be constructed to tackle the problem of registration when the platform is moving while scanning. In this way the distorted point cloud, caused by the estimation error of the platform's motion, can be corrected by performing graph optimization. Simulation and real world experimental results show that our method leads to better convergence than the state-of-the-art methods due to the accurate modeling of the surface uncertainty and the hierarchical structure, and it also enables us to correct the distorted point clouds.
Ulapane, N., Alempijevic, A., Vidal Calleja, T. & Valls Miro, J. 2017, 'Pulsed Eddy Current Sensing for Critical Pipe Condition Assessment.', Sensors (Basel, Switzerland), vol. 17, no. 10.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Pulsed Eddy Current (PEC) sensing is used for Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) of the structural integrity of metallic structures in the aircraft, railway, oil and gas sectors. Urban water utilities also have extensive large ferromagnetic structures in the form of critical pressure pipe systems made of grey cast iron, ductile cast iron and mild steel. The associated material properties render NDE of these pipes by means of electromagnetic sensing a necessity. In recent years PEC sensing has established itself as a state-of-the-art NDE technique in the critical water pipe sector. This paper presents advancements to PEC inspection in view of the specific information demanded from water utilities along with the challenges encountered in this sector. Operating principles of the sensor architecture suitable for application on critical pipes are presented with the associated sensor design and calibration strategy. A Gaussian process-based approach is applied to model a functional relationship between a PEC signal feature and critical pipe wall thickness. A case study demonstrates the sensor's behaviour on a grey cast iron pipe and discusses the implications of the observed results and challenges relating to this application.
Brunner, C., Peynot, T., Vidal Calleja, T.A. & Underwood, J. 2013, 'Selective Combination of Visual and Thermal Imaging for Resilient Localization in Adverse Conditions: Day and Night, Smoke and Fire', Journal of Field Robotics, vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 641-666.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Long-term autonomy in robotics requires perception systems that are resilient to unusual but realistic conditions that will eventually occur during extended missions. For example, unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) need to be capable of operating safely in adverse and low-visibility conditions, such as at night or in the presence of smoke. The key to a resilient UGV perception system lies in the use of multiple sensor modalities, e.g., operating at different frequencies of the electromagnetic spectrum, to compensate for the limitations of a single sensor type. In this paper, visual and infrared imaging are combined in a Visual-SLAM algorithm to achieve localization. We propose to evaluate the quality of data provided by each sensor modality prior to data combination. This evaluation is used to discard low-quality data, i.e., data most likely to induce large localization errors. In this way, perceptual failures are anticipated and mitigated. An extensive experimental evaluation is conducted on data sets collected with a UGV in a range of environments and adverse conditions, including the presence of smoke (obstructing the visual camera), fire, extreme heat (saturating the infrared camera), low-light conditions (dusk), and at night with sudden variations of artificial light. A total of 240 trajectory estimates are obtained using five different variations of data sources and data combination strategies in the localization method. In particular, the proposed approach for selective data combination is compared to methods using a single sensor type or combining both modalities without preselection. We show that the proposed framework allows for camera-based localization resilient to a large range of low-visibility conditions.
Sola, J., Vidal Calleja, T.A., Civera, J. & Montiel, J. 2012, 'Impact of Landmark Parametrization on Monocular EKF-SLAM with Points and Lines', International journal of computer vision, vol. 97, no. 3, pp. 339-368.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
This paper explores the impact that landmark parametrization has in the performance of monocular, EKF-based, 6-DOF simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) in the context of undelayed landmark initialization. Undelayed initialization in monocular SLA
Vidal Calleja, T.A., Berger, C., Sola, J. & Lacroix, S. 2011, 'Large Scale Multiple Robot Visual Mapping With Heterogeneous Landmarks In Semi-structured Terrain', Robotics And Autonomous Systems, vol. 59, no. 9, pp. 654-674.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
This paper addresses the cooperative localization and visual mapping problem with multiple heterogeneous robots. The approach is designed to deal with the challenging large semi-structured outdoors environments in which aerial/ground ensembles are to evo
Vidal Calleja, T.A., Sanfeliu, A. & Andrade-cetto, J. 2010, 'Action Selection For Single-camera Slam', IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part B: Cybernetics, vol. 40, no. 6, pp. 1567-1581.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
A method for evaluating, at video rate, the quality of actions for a single camera while mapping unknown indoor environments is presented. The strategy maximizes mutual information between measurements and states to help the camera avoid making ill-condi
Sola, J., Monin, A., Devy, M. & Vidal Calleja, T.A. 2008, 'Fusing Monocular Information In Multicamera Slam', IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ROBOTICS, vol. 24, no. 5, pp. 958-968.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
This paper explores the possibilities of using monocular simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) algorithms in systems with more than one camera. The idea is to combine in a single system the advantages of both monocular vision (bearings-only, infin
Falque, R., Vidal-Calleja, T., Dissanayake, G. & Miro, J.V. 2017, 'From the skin-depth equation to the inverse RFEC sensor model', 2016 14th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision, ICARCV 2016.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
© 2016 IEEE. In this paper, we tackle the direct and inverse problems for the Remote-Field Eddy-Current (RFEC) technology. The direct problem is the sensor model, where given the geometry the measurements are obtained. Conversely, the inverse problem is where the geometry needs to be estimated given the field measurements. These problems are particularly important in the field of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) because they allow assessing the quality of the structure monitored. We solve the direct problem in a parametric fashion using Least Absolute Shrinkage and Selection Operation (LASSO). The proposed inverse model uses the parameters from the direct model to recover the thickness using least squares producing the optimal solution given the direct model. This study is restricted to the 2D axisymmetric scenario. Both, direct and inverse models, are validated using a Finite Element Analysis (FEA) environment with realistic pipe profiles.
Popovic, M., Vidal Calleja, T.A., Hitz, G., Sa, I., Siegwart, R. & Nieto, J. 2017, 'Multiresolution Mapping and Informative Path Planning for UAV-based Terrain Monitoring', IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IEEE, Vancouver, Canada.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can offer timely
and cost-effective delivery of high-quality sensing data. However,
deciding when and where to take measurements in complex
environments remains an open challenge. To address this
issue, we introduce a new multiresolution mapping approach for
informative path planning in terrain monitoring using UAVs.
Our strategy exploits the spatial correlation encoded in a
Gaussian Process model as a prior for Bayesian data fusion with
probabilistic sensors. This allows us to incorporate altitudedependent
sensor models for aerial imaging and perform
constant-time measurement updates. The resulting maps are
used to plan information-rich trajectories in continuous 3-D
space through a combination of grid search and evolutionary
optimization. We evaluate our framework on the application of
agricultural biomass monitoring. Extensive simulations show
that our planner performs better than existing methods, with
mean error reductions of up to 45% compared to traditional
'lawnmower coverage. We demonstrate proof of concept using
a multirotor to map color in different environments.
Su, D., Vidal Calleja, T.A. & Valls Miro, J. 2017, 'Towards Real-Time 3D Sound Sources Mapping with Linear Microphone Arrays', IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Singapore.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Sun, L., Vidal Calleja, T.A. & Valls Miro, J.A.I.M.E. 2017, 'Coupling Conditionally Independent Submaps for Large-Scale 2.5D Mapping with Gaussian Markov Random Fields', IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation : ICRA : [proceedings] IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Singapore.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Shi, L., Valls Miro, J., Vidal Calleja, T., Vitanage, D. & Rajalingam, J. 2017, 'Innovative Data-driven 'along-the-pipe Condition Assessment for Critical Water Mains', OZWATER'17 Australia's International Water Conference & Exhibition, Australian Water Association, Sydney.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Recent research findings on remaining life prediction for older Cast Iron critical water mains suggest increasing reliability by calculating stress concentration factors from the corrosion patch geometries expected to be present in the asset, not just extreme pitting as is generally carried out within the industry. This study proposes an innovative data-driven 'along-the-pipe framework able to utilise local inspection results further by capturing data correlations present in the remaining wall thickness measurement. This knowledge can in turn be utilised to produce estimates for 'along-the-pipe patch geometry predictions, hence remaining life. Results from inspections in a real pipeline in the Sydney Water network are compared to conventional Extreme Value Analysis (EVA) to validate the improvements of the proposed strategy.
Falque, R., Vidal Calleja, T.A., Dissanayake, G. & Valls Miro, J. 2016, 'From the skin-depth equation to the inverse RFEC sensor model', 2016 14th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision (ICARCV), International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision, IEEE, Phuket, Thailand.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Su, D., Vidal Calleja, T.A. & Valls Miro, J. 2016, 'Split Conditional Independent Mapping for Sound Source Localisation with Inverse-Depth Parametrisation', IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IEEE, Daejeon, Korea, pp. 2000-2006.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
In this paper, we propose a framework to map stationary sound sources while simultaneously localise a moving robot. Conventional methods for localisation and sound source mapping rely on a microphone array and either, a proprioceptive sensor only (such as wheel odometry) or an additional exteroceptive sensor (such as cameras or lasers) to get accurately
the robot locations. Since odometry drifts over time and sound observations are bearing-only, sparse and extremely noisy, the former can only deal with relatively short trajectories before the whole map drifts. In comparison, the latter can get more accurate trajectory estimation over long distances and a better estimation of the sound source map as a result. However, in most of the work in the literature, trajectory estimation and sound source mapping are treated as uncorrelated, which means an update on the robot trajectory does not propagate properly to the sound source map. In this paper, we proposed an efficient method to correlate robot trajectory with sound source mapping by exploiting the conditional independence property between
two maps estimated by two different Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM) algorithms running in parallel. In our approach, the first map has the flexibility that can be built with any SLAM algorithm (filtering or optimisation) to estimate robot poses with an exteroceptive sensor. The second map
is built by using a filtering-based SLAM algorithm locating all stationary sound sources parametrised with Inverse Depth Parametrisation (IDP). Robot locations used during IDP initialisation are the common features shared between the two SLAM maps, which allow to propagate information accordingly. Comprehensive simulations and experimental results show the
effectiveness of the proposed method.
Sun, L., Vidal Calleja, T.A. & Valls Miro, J. 2016, 'Gaussian Markov Random Fields for Fusion in Information Form', Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Stockholm, Sweden, pp. 1840-1845.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
2.5D maps are preferable for representing the environment owing to compactness. When noisy observations from diverse sensors at different resolutions are available, the problem of 2.5D mapping turns to how to compound the information in an effective and efficient manner. This paper proposes a generic probabilistic framework for fusing efficiently multiple sources of sensor data to generate amendable, high-resolution 2.5D maps. The key idea is to exploit the sparsity of the information matrix. Gaussian Markov Random Fields are employed to learn a prior map, using the conditional independence property between location to obtain a representation of the state. This prior map encoded in information form can then be updated with other sources of data in constant time. Later, mean state vector and variances can be efficiently recovered using numerical methods. The proposed approach allows accurate estimation of 2.5D maps at arbitrary resolution, while incorporating sensor noise and spatial dependency in a statistically reasonable way. We apply the proposed framework to pipe wall thickness mapping and fuse data from two diverse sensors that have different resolutions. Experimental results are compared with three other approaches, showing that, while greatly reducing computation time, the proposed framework is able to capture in large extend the spatial correlation to generate equivalent results to the expensive optimal fusion method in covariance form with a Gaussian Process prior.
Shi, L., Valls Miro, J., Zhang, T., Vidal Calleja, T., Sun, L. & Dissanayake, G. 2016, 'Constrained Sampling of 2.5D Probabilistic Maps for Augmented Inference', IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IEEE, Daejeon, Korea.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Bai, F., Huang, S., Vidal Calleja, T.A. & Zhang, Q. 2016, 'Incremental SQP Method for Constrained Optimization Formulation in SLAM', Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision (ICARCV), International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision, IEEE, Phuket, Thailand.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
The simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) problem has been a research focus for many years and have reached a mature state. However, more robust solutions to the SLAM problem are still required, especially in large noise level scenarios. Because of the strong non-linearity of the SLAM problem, it is vital to start from a good initial value to avoid being trapped in local minima. In this paper, we propose a new SLAM formulation transforming the unconstrained Least Squares formulation into a constrained optimization problem. Algorithms based on this new formulation can naturally start from good initial value. Different from other constrained optimization problem, this new formulation can be efficiently solved with Sequential Quadratic Programming (SQP) methods. Based on SQP, we propose an incremental SQP algorithm to solve SLAM, which shows great advantage over Gauss Newton (g2o implementation) when working in large noise level scenarios. Experimental results show the validity of the proposed approach.
Falque, R., Vidal Calleja, T.A. & Valls Miro, J. 2015, 'Kidnapped Laser-Scanner for Evaluation of RFEC Tool', IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IEEE, Hamburg, Germany, pp. 313-318.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
An algorithm is proposed for matching data from
different sensing modalities. The problem is formalised as a
kidnapped robot problem, where Bayesian fusion is used to
find the most likely location where both modalities agree. The
key idea of our algorithm is to model the correlation between
the two modalities as a likelihood used to update a location
prior. Data, in this case, is represented as 2.5D thickness maps
from a laser scanner and a Remote Field Eddy Current (RFEC)
tool, used in non-destructive testing to assess the condition of
infrastructures. The laser data is limited, while RFEC data is
continuous. Given some prior in location, the aim is to find
the 2.5D thickness map from the laser that corresponds to the
RFEC data, which should be noted is highly noisy. Real data
from CCTV inspections of water pipes are used to validate the
Su, D., Valls Miro, J. & Vidal Calleja, T. 2015, 'Graph-SLAM based calibration of an embedded asynchronousmicrophone array for outdoor robotic target tracking', Assistive Robotics: Proceedings of the International Conference on CLAWAR 2015, International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR), World Scientific, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, pp. 641-648.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
This paper presents a strategy for sound source localisation using an embedded asynchronous microphone array for robotic target tracking application. Conventional microphone array technologies require a multi-channel A/D converter for inter-microphone synchronization making the technology relatively expensive. In our method, a synchronization free embedded asynchronous microphone array has released this requirement. The microphone array needs self calibration using graph-based SLAM method, which estimates starting time offset and clock difference/drift of each microphone channel using Gauss-Newton least square optimization. Once calibrated, the asynchronous microphone array can be used to find the sound source direction using various Direction Of Arrival (DOA) estimation algorithms just like a synchronized one. The proposed method is suitable for target tracking applications. Specifically, this method is used for tracking a person with an outdoor service robot: Garden Utility Transportation System. Comprehensive simulations and experimental results are presented to show the validity of the algorithm.
Su, D., Valls Miro, J. & Vidal Calleja, T. 2015, 'Modelling In-Pipe Acoustic Signal Propagation for Condition Assessment of Multi-Layer Water Pipelines', Proceedings of the 10th IEEE Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications, IEEE Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications, IEEE, Auckland, New Zealand, pp. 545-550.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
A solution to the condition assessment of fluid-filled conduits based on the analysis of in-pipe acoustic signal propagation is presented in this paper. The sensor arrangement consists of an acoustic emitter from which a known sonic pulse is generated, and a collocated hydrophone receiver that records the arrival acoustic wave at a high sampling rate. The proposed method exploits the influence of the surrounding environment on the propagation of an acoustic wave to estimate the condition of the pipeline. Specifically, the propagation speed of an acoustic wave is influenced by the hoop stiffness of the surrounding materials, a fact that has been exploited in the analysis of boreholes in the literature. In this work, this finding is extended to validate the analytical expression derived to infer the condition of uniform, axis-symmetric lined waterworks, a first step to ultimately be able to predict the remaining active life (time- to-failure) of pipelines with arbitrary geometries through finite element analysis (FEA). An investigation of the various aspects of the proposed methodology with typical pipe material and structures is presented to appreciate the advantages of modelling acoustic waves behaviours in fluid-filled cylindrical cavities for condition assessment of water pipelines.
Su, D., Valls Miro, J. & Vidal Calleja, T. 2015, 'Real-time Sound Source Localisation for Target Tracking Applications using an Asynchronous Microphone Array', 2015 IEEE 10th Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications (ICIEA), IEEE Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications, IEEE, Auckland, New Zealand.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Su, D., Vidal Calleja, T.A. & Valls Miro, J. 2015, 'Simultaneous asynchronous microphone array calibration and sound source localisation', IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IEEE, Hamburg, Germany, pp. 5561-5567.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
In this paper, an approach for sound source
localisation and calibration of an asynchronous microphone
array is proposed to be solved simultaneously. A graph-based
Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM) method is
used for this purpose. Traditional sound source localisation
using a microphone array has two main requirements. Firstly,
geometrical information of microphone array is needed. Secondly,
a multichannel analog-to-digital converter is required
to obtain synchronous readings of the audio signal. Recent
works aim at releasing these two requirements by estimating
the time offset between each pair of microphones. However, it
was assumed that the clock timing in each microphone sound
card is exactly the same, which requires the clocks in the sound
cards to be identically manufactured. A methodology is hereby
proposed to calibrate an asynchronous microphone array using
a graph-based optimisation method borrowed from the SLAM
literature, effectively estimating the array geometry, time offset
and clock difference/drift rate of each microphone together with
the sound source locations. Simulation and experimental results
are presented, which prove the effectiveness of the proposed
methodology in achieving accurate estimates of the microphone
array characteristics needed to be used on realistic settings with
asynchronous sound devices.
Sun, L., Vidal Calleja, T.A. & Valls Miro, J. 2015, 'Bayesian Fusion using Conditionally Independent Submaps for High Resolution 2.5D Mapping', Proceedings of 2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, IEEE, Seattle, Washington, United States, pp. 3394-3400.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
— Typically 2.5D maps provide a compact and effi- cient representation of the environment. When sensor data is obtained from multiple sets of noisy measurements at differing resolutions, the problem of compounding this information together to provide an effective and efficient means of mapping is not trivial, particularly as the size of the environment increases. In this paper, we propose a general framework for integrating heterogeneous sensor data to obtain largescale 2.5D probabilistic maps. Gaussian Processes are used to generate a prior map that learns the spatial correlation between nearby points. Bayesian data fusion is then employed to update these prior maps with new measurements from distinct sensor modalities. In order to deal with large scale data, a novel submapping strategy is introduced to perform the fusion step efficiently in dealing with large covariance matrices. Submaps are first marginalised from the learned correlated prior and then updated based on the property of conditional independence. Most notably, the technique lends itself to generate accurate estimates at arbitrary resolutions and is able to handle varying noise from disparate sensor sources. The framework is applied to pipeline thickness mapping, with experimental results in fusing a high-resolution sensor and a low-resolution sensor showing the ability of the proposed technique to capture spatial correlations to come up with more accurate results when compared with a na¨ıve fusion approach.
Shi, L., Sun, L., Vidal Calleja, T. & Miro, J.V. 2015, 'Kernel-Specific Gaussian Process for Predicting Pipe Wall Thickness Maps', Website Proceedings of the Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation 2015, Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation, AARA, Canberra, pp. 1-8.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Data organised in 2.5D such as elevation and
thickness maps has been extensively studied in
the fields of robotics and geostatistics. These
maps are typically a probabilistic 2D grid that
stores an estimated value (height or thickness)
for each cell. Modelling the spatial dependencies
and making inference on new grid locations
is a common task that has been addressed using
Gaussian random fields. However, inference
faraway from the training areas results quite
uncertain, therefore not informative enough for
some applications. The objective of this research
is to model the status of a pipeline based
on limited and sparse local assessments, predicting
the likely condition on pipes that have
not been inspected. A customised kernel for
Gaussian Processes (GP) is proposed to capture
the spatial correlation of the pipe wall
thickness data. An estimate of the likely condition
of non-inspected pipes is achieved by concretising
GP to a multivariate Gaussian distribution
and generating realisations from the distribution.
The performance of this approach is
evaluated on various thickness maps from the
same pipeline, where data have been obtained
by measuring the actual remaining wall thickness.
The output of this work aims to serve as
the input of
Falque, R., Vidal-Calleja, T., Valls Miro, J., Lingnau, D.C. & Russel, D.E. 2014, 'Background Segmentation to Enhance Remote Field Eddy Current Signals', https://ssl.linklings.net/conferences/acra/acra2014_proceedings/views/a…, Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation, ARAA, Melbourne University.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Pipe condition assessment is critical to avoid breakages. Remote Field Eddy Current (RFEC) is a commonly used technology to assess the condition of pipes. The nature of this technology induces some particular noise into its measurements. In this paper, we develop a 3D simulation based on the Finite Element Analysis to study the properties of this noise. Moreover, we propose filtering process based on a modified version of graph-cuts segmentation method to remove the influence of this noise. Simulated data together with an experimental data-set obtained from a real RFEC inspection show the validity of the proposed approach.
Norouzi, M., Valls Miro, J., Dissanayake, G. & Vidal-Calleja, T. 2014, 'Path planning with stability uncertainty for articulated mobile vehicles in challenging environments', IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., Chicago, IL, pp. 1748-1753.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
This article proposes a probabilistic approach to account for robot stability uncertainty when planing motions over uneven terrains. A novel probabilistic stability criterion derived from the cumulative distribution of a tip-over metric is introduced that allows a safety constraint to be dynamically updated by available sensor data as it becomes available. The proposed safety constraint authorizes the planner to generates more conservative motion plans for areas with higher levels of uncertainty, while avoids unnecessary caution in well-known areas. The proposed systematic approach is particularly applicable to reconfigurable robots that can assume safer postures when required, although is equally valid for fixed-configuration platforms to choose safer paths to follow. The advantages of planning with the proposed probabilistic stability metric are demonstrated with data collected from an indoor rescue arena, as well as an outdoor rover testing facility.
Vidal Calleja, T.A., Su, D., De Bruijn, F. & Valls Miro, J. 2014, 'Learning Spatial Correlations for Bayesian fusion in Pipe Thickness Mapping', 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, IEEE, Hong Kong, pp. 1-8.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Vidal Calleja, T.A., Valls Miro, J., Martin, F., Lingnau, D. & Russell, D. 2014, 'Automatic Detection and Verification of Pipeline Construction Featureswith Multi-modal data', IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IEEE, Chicago, IL, USA, pp. 3116-3122.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Assessment of the condition of underground pipelines is crucial to avoid breakages. Autonomous in-line inspection tools provided with Non-destructive Technology (NDT) sensors to assess large sections of the pipeline are commonly used for these purposes. An example of such sensors based on Eddy currents is the Remote Field Technology (RFT). A crucial step during in-line inspections is the detection of construction features, such as joints and elbows, to accurately locate and size specific defects within pipe sections. This step is often performed manually with the aid of visual data, which results in slow data processing. In this paper, we propose a generic framework to automate the detection and verification of these construction
features using both NDT sensor data and visual images. Firstly, supervised learning is used to identify the construction features in the NDT sensor signals. Then, image processing is employed to verify the selection. Results are presented with data from a
RFT tool, for which a specialised descriptor has been designed to characterise and classify its signal features. Furthermore, the construction feature is displayed in the image, once it is identified in the RFT data and detected in the visual data. A visual odometry algorithm has been implemented to locate the visual data with respect to the RFT data. About 800 meters of these multi-modal data are evaluated to test the validity of the proposed approach.
Vidal-Calleja, T., Su, D., De Bruijn, F. & Miro, J.V. 2014, 'Learning Spatial Correlations for Bayesian Fusion in Pipe Thickness Mapping', 2014 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION (ICRA), IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), IEEE, Hong Kong, PEOPLES R CHINA, pp. 683-690.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Skinner, B., Vidal Calleja, T., Valls Miro, J., de Bruijn, F. & Falque, R. 2014, '3D Point Cloud Upsampling for Accurate Reconstruction of Dense 2.5D Thickness Maps.', https://ssl.linklings.net/conferences/acra/acra2014_proceedings/views/a…, Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation, ARAA, Melbourne University.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
This paper presents a novel robust processing methodology for computing 2.5D thickness maps from dense 3D collocated surfaces. The proposed pipeline is suitable to faithfully adjust data representation detailing as required, from preserving fine surface features to coarse interpretations. The foundations of the proposed technique exploit spatial point-based filtering, ray tracing techniques and the Robust Implicit Moving Least Squares (RIMLS) algorithm applied to dense 3D datasets, such as those acquired from laser scanners. The effectiveness of the proposed technique in overcoming traditional angular aliasing and corruption artifacts is validated with 3D ranging data acquired from internal and external surfaces of exhumed water pipes. It is shown that the resulting 2.5D maps can be more accurately and completely computed to higher resolutions, while significantly reducing the number of raytracing errors when compared with 2.5D thickness maps derived from our current approach.
Ulapane, N., Alempijevic, A., Vidal-Calleja, T., Valls Miro, J., Rudd, J. & Roubal, M. 2014, 'Gaussian process for interpreting pulsed eddy current signals for ferromagnetic pipe profiling', Industrial Electronics and Applications (ICIEA), 2014 IEEE 9th Conference on, IEEE Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications, IEEE, Hangzhou, PEOPLES R CHINA, pp. 1762-1767.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Wijerathna, B.S., Vidal Calleja, T.A., Kodagoda, S., Zhang, Q. & Valls Miro, J. 2013, 'Multiple defect interpretation based on Gaussian processes for MFL technology', Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering vol 8694 - Nondestructive Characterization for Composite Materials, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, and Homeland Security 2013, Nondestructive Characterization for Composite Materials, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, and Homeland Security 2013, SPIE, San Diego, USA, pp. 1-12.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Magnetic Flux Leakage (MFL) technology has been used in non-destructive testing for more than three decades. There have been several publications in detecting and sizing defects on metal pipes using machine learning techniques. Most of these literature focus on isolated defects, which is far from the real scenario.
Vidal Calleja, T.A. & Agammenoni, G. 2012, 'Integrated Probabilistic Generative Model For Detecting Smoke On Visual Images', Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2012 IEEE International Conference on, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, IEEE, St Paul, MN, pp. 2183-2188.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Early fire detection is crucial to minimise damage and save lives. Video surveillance smoke detectors do not suffer from transport delays and can cover large areas. The smoke detection on images is, however, a difficult problem due the variability of smo
Brunner, C., Peynot, T. & Vidal Calleja, T.A. 2011, 'Combining Multiple Sensor Modalities For A Localisation Robust To Smoke', Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2011 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IEEE, San Francisco, CA, pp. 0-0.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
This paper proposes an approach to obtain a localisation that is robust to smoke by exploiting multiple sensing modalities: visual and infrared (IR) cameras. This localisation is based on a state-of-the-art visual SLAM algorithm. First, we show that a re
Brunner, C., Peynot, T. & Vidal-Calleja, T. 2011, 'Combining multiple sensor modalities for a localisation robust to smoke', IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, pp. 2489-2496.View/Download from: Publisher's site
This paper proposes an approach to obtain a localisation that is robust to smoke by exploiting multiple sensing modalities: visual and infrared (IR) cameras. This localisation is based on a state-of-the-art visual SLAM algorithm. First, we show that a reasonably accurate localisation can be obtained in the presence of smoke by using only an IR camera, a sensor that is hardly affected by smoke, contrary to a visual camera (operating in the visible spectrum). Second, we demonstrate that improved results can be obtained by combining the information from the two sensor modalities (visual and IR cameras). Third, we show that by detecting the impact of smoke on the visual images using a data quality metric, we can anticipate and mitigate the degradation in performance of the localisation by discarding the most affected data. The experimental validation presents multiple trajectories estimated by the various methods considered, all thoroughly compared to an accurate dGPS/INS reference. © 2011 IEEE.
Nieto, J., Agamennoni, G. & Vidal Calleja, T.A. 2011, 'Loop-closure Candidates Selection By Exploiting Structure In Vehicle Trajectory', 2011 IEEE/RSJ INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INTELLIGENT ROBOTS AND SYSTEMS, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IEEE, San Francisco, CA, pp. 92-97.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
One of the most important problems in robot localisation is the detection of previously visited places (loops). When a robot closes a loop, the association between observed features and present ones can be used to update its position. The computational c
Nieto, J.I., Agamennoni, G. & Vidal-Calleja, T. 2011, 'Loop-closure candidates selection by exploiting structure in vehicle trajectory', IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, pp. 92-97.View/Download from: Publisher's site
One of the most important problems in robot localisation is the detection of previously visited places (loops). When a robot closes a loop, the association between observed features and present ones can be used to update its position. The computational cost involved in the association process makes exhaustive loop search intractable. Most of the current techniques use observations of the environment as their main features to produce loop hypotheses. In this paper, we investigate the feasibility of producing loop candidates from features of the robot trajectory. We propose a new method for selecting loop-closure candidates based on an alignment likelihood function, which measures similarity between trajectory sequences. The algorithm is validated with data gathered in the city with our experimental platform. Positive results show that the trajectory has, indeed, features that can be extracted and applied to robot localisation. The resulting loop hypotheses may be regarded, for example, as a initialisation step to aid current methods. © 2011 IEEE.
Hernandez-Gutierrez, A., Nieto, J.I., Vidal-Calleja, T. & Nebot, E. 2009, 'Large scale visual odometry using stereo vision', Proceedings of the 2009 Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation, ACRA 2009.
This paper presents a system for egomotion estimation using a stereo head camera. The camera motion estimation is based on features tracked along a video sequence. The system also estimates the tridimensional geometry of the environment by fusing the visual information from multiple views. Furthermore, the paper presents comparisons between two different algorithms. The first one is by applying triangulation to 3D points. Motion estimation using 3D points suffers from the problem of nonisotropic noise due to the large uncertainty in depth estimation. To deal with this problem we present results with a second approach that works directly in the disparity space. Experimental results using a mobile platform are presented. The experiments cover long distances in urban-like environments with the presence of dynamic objects. The system presented is part of a bigger project involving autonomous navigation using vision only.
Sola, J., Vidal Calleja, T.A. & Devy, M. 2009, 'Undelayed Initialization Of Line Segments In Monocular Slam', Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2009. IROS 2009. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on, IEEE RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IEEE, St. Louis, MO, pp. 1553-1558.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
This paper presents 6-DOF monocular EKF-SLAM with undelayed initialization using linear landmarks with extensible endpoints, based on the Plucker parametrization. A careful analysis of the properties of the Plucker coordinates, defined in the projective
Vidal Calleja, T.A., Berger, C. & Lacroix, S. 2009, 'Event-driven Loop Closure In Multi-robot Mapping', elligent Robots and Systems, 2009. IROS 2009. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on, IEEE RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IEEE, St Louis, MO, pp. 1535-1540.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
A large-scale mapping approach is combined with multiple robots events to achieve cooperative mapping. The mapping approach used is based on hierarchical SLAM global level and local maps, which is generalized for the multi-robot case. In particular, the
Neubert, P., Protzel, P., Vidal Calleja, T.A. & Lacroix, S. 2008, 'A Fast Visual Line Segment Tracker', 2008 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES AND FACTORY AUTOMATION, PROCEEDINGS, 13th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, IEEE, Hamburg, GERMANY, pp. 353-360.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
We present a fast line segment tracker which does not require any knowledge about the motion of the camera nor he structure of the observed scene. It runs on 320 x 240 pixel images at 30 Hz. We adapted the RAPiD tracker with a new way of handling multipl
Vidal Calleja, T.A., Bryson, M., Sukkarieh, S., Sanfeliu, A. & Andrade-cetto, J. 2007, 'On, On The Observability Of Bearing-only Slam', PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2007 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION, VOLS 1-10, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, IEEE, Rome, ITALY, pp. 4114-4119.View/Download from: Publisher's site
In this paper we present an observability analysis for a mobile robot performing SLAM with a single monocular camera. The aim is to get a better understanding of the well known intuitive behavior of these systems, such as the need for triangulation to fe
Vidal-Calleja, T., Sanfeliu, A. & Juan, A.C. 2007, 'Guiding and localising in real-time a mobile robot with a monocular camera in non-flat terrains', IFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline), pp. 560-565.
In this paper we present a real-time active motion strategy for a mobile robot navigating in a non-flat terrain and its 3D constrained motion model. The aim is to control the robot with measurements from only one camera that autonomously builds a visual feature map while at the same time optimises its localisation within this map. The technique chooses the most appropriate commands maximising the expected information gain between prior states and measurements, while performing 6DOF bearing-only SLAM at real-time. The constrained 3D motion model presented here is used to infer the position of the vehicle in order to evaluate the mutual information for all possible actions at the same time. To validate the approach, not only simulations over uneven terrain have been performed, but also experimental results are shown for the technique being tested with a synchro-drive mobile robot platform with a wide-angle camera.
Vidal Calleja, T.A., Davison, A., Andrade-cetto, J. & Murray, D. 2006, 'Active Control For Single Camera Slam', 2006 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION (ICRA), VOLS 1-10, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), IEEE, Orlando, FL, pp. 1930-1936.
In this paper we consider a single hand-held camera performing SLAM at video rate with generic 6DOF motion. The aim is to optimise both the localisation of the sensor and building of the feature map by computing the most appropriate control actions or mo
Andrade-cetto, J., Vidal Calleja, T.A. & Sanfeliu, A. 2005, 'Unscented Transformation Of Vehicle States In Slam', 2005 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Vols 1-4, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), IEEE, Barcelona, SPAIN, pp. 323-328.
In this article we propose an algorithm to reduce the effects caused by linearization in the typical EKF approach to SLAM. The technique consists in computing the vehicle prior using an Unscented Transformation. The UT allows a better nonlinear mean and
Vidal-Calleja, T., Andrade-Cetto, J. & Sanfeliu, A. 2004, 'Conditions for suboptimal filter stability in SLAM', 2004 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pp. 27-32.
In this article, we show marginal stability in SLAM, guaranteeing convergence to a non-zero mean state error estimate bounded by a constant value. Moreover, marginal stability guarantees also convergence of the Riccati equation of the one-step ahead state error covariance to at least one psd steady state solution. In the search for real-time implementations of SLAM, covariance inflation methods produce a suboptimal filter that eventually may lead to the computation of an unbounded state error covariance. We provide tight constraints in the amount of decorrelation possible, to guarantee convergence of the state error covariance, and at the same time, a linear-time implementation of SLAM.