PeRL STUDIES AUTONOMOUS NAVIGATION & MAPPING FOR MOBILE ROBOTS IN A PRIORI UNKNOWN ENVIRONMENTS.

Recent News

Next Generation Vehicle

PeRL is collaborating with APRIL, Ford Motor Company and State Farm, to develop an automated vehicle.

Automated Ford Fusion

Read more on our project page.

Automated Hull Inspection

PeRL is working on a ship hull analysis project with the goal of automating ship hull inspection for the US Navy using an AUV.

Automated Hull Inspection

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RMS Titanic Redux

Ongoing research towards the SLAM problem (Simultaneous Localization And Mapping) has helped to map the wreck of the RMS Titanic.

New Slam Findings

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Welcome to PeRL

The Perceptual Robotics Laboratory (PeRL) at the University of Michigan studies problems related to autonomous navigation and mapping for mobile robots in a priori unknown environments with a directed focus on computer vision techniques for perceptual sensing. More...

What's New

Best Student Paper at IROS'14! Congrats to Ryan Wolcott, who won best student paper at IROS'14 for his paper visual localization within 3D LIDAR prior maps for automated driving. A video demo of the algorithm can be found here.

Upcoming papers at IROS'14 The lab has four papers appearing at IROS this year. The first paper is on learning lighting invariant features for long-term SLAM, the second paper is on an active SLAM sampling-based planning framework for automated ship hull inspection with visual SLAM, the third paper is on in-situ magnetometer calibration using relative orientation constraints, and the fourth paper is on visual localization within 3D LIDAR prior maps for automated driving. Congrats to Nick Carlevaris-Bianco, Steve Chaves, Giancarlo Troni, and Ryan Wolcott on their accepted papers!

Next Generation Vehicle Project Announced!


Three of the Ford Fusion NGV test vehicles

Our next generation vehicle project, a collaboration with APRIL, Ford Motor Company and State Farm, was revealed on Dec. 12th. For more information check out Ford's press release and our NGV project page.

Photo Gallery

Here are some pictures from current projects and past research expeditions!

Map building and localization for the NGV project. Learn more about our Work.

Map building and localization for the NGV project. Learn more about our Work.

Point cloud of the Big House collected by NGV test vehicle. Learn more about our Work.

Ford Fusion test vehicles for the NGV project Learn more about our Work.

Ford Fusion test vehicle for the NGV project Learn more about our Work.

Co-registered 3D Lidar and omnidirectional camera imagery for HD mapping. Learn more about our Work.

Team IVS's entry in the 2007 DARPA Urban Grand Challenge... Learn more about our Work.

Getting ready to deploy the HAUV for hull inspection during AUVfest'08. Learn more about our Work.

Screenshot of the real-time SLAM hull inspection visualization software. Learn more about our Work.

Launching AUVs under the Arctic ice during the AGAVE Engineering Cruise. Learn more about our Work.

PeRL's Iver2 AUV, NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Learn more about our Work.

Sidescan sonar of a new wreck discovered in NOAA TBNMS with PeRL's AUVs. Learn more about our Work.

PeRL's Iver2 AUV, UofM Biological Station. Learn more about our Work.