Mobile Autonomy: A Pervasive Technology
The Oxford Robotics Institute – Autonomous Systems researches all aspects of land based mobile autonomy. We invent the technologies that allow machines to ask and answer “Where am I?”, “What surrounds me?” and “What should I do next?” These three key questions underpin all that we do. They force us to confront fundamental questions in navigation, perception, machine learning and systems design. We are proud of the way we validate our thinking and challenge ourselves by deploying and running large robotics systems. These “flagship” projects, drawn from many application domains are central to our mission – we solve real world robotics problems. In 2014 a spin-out company called Oxbotica was launched to drive commercialisation and cross domain impact of our work.
Abstract—This paper is about localising at night in urban environments using vision. Despite it being dark exactly half of the time, surprisingly little attention has been given [...]
Work Smart, Not Hard: Recalling Relevant Experiences for Vast-Scale but Time-Constrained Localisation
This paper is about life-long vast-scale localisation in spite of changes in weather, lighting and scene structure. Building upon our previous work in Experience-based Navigation, [...]
Successful approaches to autonomous vehicle localisation and navigation typically involve 3D LIDAR scanners and a static, curated 3D map, both of which are expensive to [...]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8T6_510P-LM This paper is concerned with large-scale localisation at city scales with monocular cameras. Our primary motivation lies with the development of autonomous [...]
Automated (self-driving)Vehicles are expected to bring major benefits for society in the future – including fewer road accidents, less congestion, a reduced reliance on individually-owned cars and increased mobility for people who cannot currently drive.