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Authors: Peter Aerts and Eric Demeester

Affiliation: ACRO Research Group, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leuven, Diepenbeek and Belgium

ISBN: 978-989-758-380-3

Keyword(s): Time Synchronisation, Particle Filter, Clock Parameter Estimation, Camera/IMU Synchronisation.

Related Ontology Subjects/Areas/Topics: Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics ; Mobile Robots and Autonomous Systems ; Perception and Awareness ; Robotics and Automation ; Sensors Fusion ; Signal Processing, Sensors, Systems Modeling and Control

Abstract: Clock synchronisation between sensors plays a key role in applications such as in autonomous robot navigation and mobile robot mapping. Such robots are often equipped with cameras for gathering visual information. In this work, we address the problem of synchronizing visual data collected from a low-cost 2D camera, with IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) data. Both sensors are assumed to be attached to the same rigid body; hence, their motion is correlated. We present a motion based approach using a particle filter to estimate the clock parameters of the camera with the IMU clock as a reference. We apply the Lucas-Kanade optical flow method to calculate the movements of the camera in its horizontal plane corresponding to its recorded images. These movements are correlated to the motion registered by the IMU. This match allows a particle filter to determine the camera clock parameters in the IMU’s time frame and are used to calculate the timestamps of the images. We presume that only the IMU sensor provides timestamp data generated from its internal clock. Our experiments show that given enough features are present within the images, this approach has the ability to provide the image timestamps within the IMU’s time frame. (More)

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Paper citation in several formats:
Aerts, P. and Demeester, E. (2019). Time Synchronisation of Low-cost Camera Images with IMU Data based on Similar Motion.In Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics - Volume 2: ICINCO, ISBN 978-989-758-380-3, pages 292-299. DOI: 10.5220/0007837602920299

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JO - Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics - Volume 2: ICINCO,
TI - Time Synchronisation of Low-cost Camera Images with IMU Data based on Similar Motion
SN - 978-989-758-380-3
AU - Aerts, P.
AU - Demeester, E.
PY - 2019
SP - 292
EP - 299
DO - 10.5220/0007837602920299

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