Deep belief net learning in a long-range vision system for autonomous off-road driving2008
We present a learning-based approach for long-range vision that is able to accurately classify complex terrain at distances up to the horizon, thus allowing high-level strategic planning. A deep belief network is trained with unsupervised data and a reconstruction criterion to extract features from an input image, and the features are used to train a realtime classifier to predict traversability. The online supervision is given by a stereo module that provides robust labels for nearby areas up to 12 meters distant. The approach was developed and tested on the LAGR mobile robot.