Patrick C. McGuire, Javier Gómez-Elvira, José Antonio Rodríguez-Manfredi, Eduardo Sebastián-Martínez, Jens Ormö, Enrique Díaz-Martínez, Markus Oesker, Robert Haschke, Jörg Ontrup, Helge Ritter



We present results from the first geological field tests of the ‘Cyborg Astrobiologist’, which is a wearable computer and video camcorder system that we are using to test and train a computer-vision system towards having some of the autonomous decision-making capabilities of a field-geologist. The Cyborg Astrobiologist platform has thus far been used for testing and development of these algorithms and systems: robotic acquisition of quasi-mosaics of images, real-time image segmentation, and real-time determination of interesting points in the image mosaics. This work is more of a test of the whole system, rather than of any one part of the system. However, beyond the concept of the system itself, the uncommon map (despite its simplicity) is the main innovative part of the system. The uncommon map helps to determine interest-points in a context-free manner. Overall, the hardware and software systems function reliably, and the computer-vision algorithms are adequate for the first field tests. In addition to the proof-of-concept aspect of these field tests, the main result of these field tests is the enumeration of those issues that we can improve in the future, including: dealing with structural shadow and microtexture, and also, controlling the camera’s zoom lens in an intelligent manner. Nonetheless, despite these and other technical inadequacies, this Cyborg Astrobiologist system, consisting of a camera-equipped wearable-computer and its computer-vision algorithms, has demonstrated its ability of finding genuinely interesting points in real-time in the geological scenery, and then gathering more information about these interest points in an automated manner. We use these capabilities for autonomous guidance towards geological points-of-interest.


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C. McGuire P., Gómez-Elvira J., Antonio Rodríguez-Manfredi J., Sebastián-Martínez E., Ormö J., Díaz-Martínez E., Oesker M., Haschke R., Ontrup J. and Ritter H. (2005). FIELD GEOLOGY WITH A WEARABLE COMPUTER: FIRST RESULTS OF THE CYBORG ASTROBIOLOGIST SYSTEM . In Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics - Volume 4: ICINCO, ISBN 972-8865-30-9, pages 283-291. DOI: 10.5220/0001161002830291

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author={Patrick C. McGuire and Javier Gómez-Elvira and José Antonio Rodríguez-Manfredi and Eduardo Sebastián-Martínez and Jens Ormö and Enrique Díaz-Martínez and Markus Oesker and Robert Haschke and Jörg Ontrup and Helge Ritter},
booktitle={Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics - Volume 4: ICINCO,},

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JO - Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics - Volume 4: ICINCO,
SN - 972-8865-30-9
AU - C. McGuire P.
AU - Gómez-Elvira J.
AU - Antonio Rodríguez-Manfredi J.
AU - Sebastián-Martínez E.
AU - Ormö J.
AU - Díaz-Martínez E.
AU - Oesker M.
AU - Haschke R.
AU - Ontrup J.
AU - Ritter H.
PY - 2005
SP - 283
EP - 291
DO - 10.5220/0001161002830291