RobotCub implementation of real-time least-square fitting of ellipses

Nicola Greggio, Luigi Manfredi, Cecilia Laschi, Paolo Dario, Maria Chiara Carrozza

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Abstract

This paper presents the implementation of a new algorithm for pattern recognition in machine vision developed in our laboratory applied to the RobotCub humanoid robotics platform simulator. The algorithm is a robust and direct method for the leastsquare fitting of ellipses to scattered data. RobotCub is an open source platform, born to study the development of neuro-scientific and cognitive skills in human beings, especially in children. By the estimation of the surrounding objects properties (such as dimensions, distances, etc...) a subject can create a topographic map of the environment, in order to navigate through it without colliding with obstacles. In this work we implemented the method of the least-square fitting of ellipses of Maini (EDFE), previously developed in our laboratory, in a robotics context. Moreover, we compared its performance with the Hough Transform, and others least-square ellipse fittings techniques. We used our system to detect spherical objects, and we applied it to the simulated RobotCub platform. We performed several tests to prove the robustness of the algorithm within the overall system, and finally we present our results.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2008 8th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, Humanoids 2008
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages174-181
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781424428229
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008
Event2008 8th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, Humanoids 2008 - Daejeon, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 1 Dec 20083 Dec 2008

Conference

Conference2008 8th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, Humanoids 2008
CountryKorea, Republic of
CityDaejeon
Period1/12/083/12/08

Keywords

  • EDFE
  • Humanoid robotics
  • Machine vision
  • Pattern recognition
  • RobotCub

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