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Applied Autonomy

Current Projects

Advisor: Dr. Wicks

Graduate Students: Mark Umansky

Sponsors: Virginia Tech

Purpose: Masters Thesis Work

Description: Because of the high cost of entry in purchasing a linear stokes polarization camera, my Master's thesis work is geared toward designing a low cost polarization camera using off the shelf cameras and components. The camera will be used to evaluate the possibility of using polarization characteristics to identify water, mud, and other objects of interest.

Senior Design Project

Advisor: Dr. Wicks, Dr. Bird

Graduate Students: William French

Undergraduate Students: Alex Malaty, Craig Tripp, Josh Stadler, Marcus Throeson

Sponsors: Virginia Tech

Purpose: In order to address an increasingly burdensome dependence on a decreasing skilled labor supply, modern agriculture must turn to mechanization in order to increase the efficiencies of various farming operations like fertilizing, weeding, plowing, and harvesting. Whereas past efforts have focused on outfitting traditional farm equipment, like tractors, with autonomous capabilities, our project will focus on designing an autonomous base platform from the ground up based on the fundamentals of cultivation.

Description: Because of the high cost of entry in purchasing a linear stokes polarization camera, my Master's thesis work is geared toward designing a low cost polarization camera using off the shelf cameras and components. The camera will be used to evaluate the possibility of using polarization characteristics to identify water, mud, and other objects of interest.

Advisor: Dr. Wicks

Graduate Students: Ben Goldman

Sponsors: Virginia Tech

Purpose: Masters Thesis Work

Description: This project is the focus for the a masters thesis by Ben Goldman. It will employ common techniques to create a practical multispectral scene recreation system for UGVs that will enhance the visualization of data. It will develop a practical system for 3D multispectral scene reconstruction on UGVs.

Advisor: Dr. Wicks

Graduate Students: Mike Teresi

Sponsors: Virginia Tech

Purpose: Masters Thesis Work.

Description: To apply a machine leaning algorithm for the classification of multimodal sensor data.

Advisor: Dr. Wicks

Graduate Students: Carlos Caceres

Sponsors: Virginia Tech

Purpose: To provide realtime calibration for a thermal camera.

Description: More.

Completed Projects

Advisor: Dr. Wicks

Graduate Students: Bill Freeman, Alex Cope, Patrick Courier, Phillip Tweedy

Undergraduate Students: Marcus Thoreson

Sponsors: Virginia Tech

Purpose: Supply experimental autonomous "mule" for the USMC

Description: The Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate (GUSS) vehicle is a project funded by the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, Quantico, VA to aid Marines deployed forward by giving them a fully autonomous vehicle that can carry food, water, and ammunition and aid in casualty evacuation. The GUSS vehicle can carry up to 1200 pounds and move autonomously up to eight miles-per-hour. The multipurpose all weather vehicle can traverse on or off road terrain day or night. The vehicle has been successfully tested and integrated into field operations at the 2010 Rim of the Pacific bilateral exercises and during an extended technical assessment at Camp Lejeune in 2011.


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