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[Paparazzi-devel] AR.Drone used in scientific crowdsourcing experiment

From: Rinze Bruining
Subject: [Paparazzi-devel] AR.Drone used in scientific crowdsourcing experiment
Date: Tue, 27 May 2014 08:50:06 +0000

Hi all, 

I would like to ask for your help with my robotic crowdsourcing experiment. The 
reason I ask it on this mailing-list, is that many of you possess an AR.Drone. 

For the experiment an augmented reality game "Astro Drone" was created, in 
which players can perform space missions. In the first level you have to dock 
to the International Space Station, in the second level you have to avoid space 
debris while performing ESA's Rosetta mission.

After playing the game, players can choose to participate in the scientific 
crowdsourcing experiment that aims to improve autonomous capabilities of 
robots, such as landing, obstacle avoidance, and docking. If participating, the 
app extracts visually salient features from the images made by the drone's 
camera. The features are then combined with the estimates of the drone's state 
(speed, height) and uploaded. The data is used in a research aiming to improve 
robot navigation.

Detailed information on the experiment can be found on ESA's website:  The app, developed by 
the Advanced Concepts Team of ESA in collaboration with the MAV-lab of TU 
Delft, is available for Android and iOS:
Google play:
Apple app store:

It would help me a lot if you could play the game and participate in the 

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