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GRASP Special Seminar: Cesar Cadena, George Mason University, “Semantic Segmentation for Mobile Robots”

October 7, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Abstract: The semantic mapping of the environment requires simultaneous segmentation and categorization of the acquired stream of sensory information. The existing methods typically consider the semantic mapping as the final goal and differ in the number and types of considered semantic categories. We envision semantic understanding of the environment as an on-going process and seek representations which can be refined and adapted depending on the task and robot’s interaction with the environment.

The proposed approach uses the Conditional Random Field framework to infer the semantic categories in a scene (e.g. ground, structure, furniture and props categories in indoors or ground, sky, building, vegetation and objects in outdoors). Using visual and 3D data a novel graph structure and effective set of features are exploited for efficient learning and inference, obtaining better or comparable results at the fraction of computational cost, in publicly available RGB-D and vision and 3D lidar sensors datasets. The chosen representation naturally lends itself for on-line recursive belief updates with a simple soft data association mechanism, and can seamlessly integrate evidence from multiple sensors with overlapping but possibly different fields of view (FOV), account for missing data and predict semantic labels over the spatial union of sensors coverages.

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Cesar Cadena received the Electronic Engineering and
Mechanical Engineering degrees in 2005 and the M.Sc. degree in 2006, all
from the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia. He received his Ph.D.
degree in Computer Science from the University of Zaragoza, Spain, in
2011, and was Research Assistant until June 2012 with the Group of
Robotics, Perception adn Real Time, at the same university. Since July
2013 he has been Postdoctoral researcher working Prof. Jana Kosecka at
the Computer Science Department of George Mason University.His
research is on robotics and control systems, with a current focus on
persistent and semantic mapping in dynamic environments, life long
learning for data association and place recognition problems.


October 7, 2013
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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