Autonomous driving challenge: To Infer the property of a dynamicobject based on its motion pattern

Mona Fathollahi, Rangachar Kasturi

Aug 31, 2016 (modified: Aug 31, 2016) ECCV2016 BNMW submission readers: everyone
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  • Abstract: In autonomous driving applications a critical challenge is to identify action to take to avoid an obstacle on collision course. For example, when a heavy object is suddenly encountered it is critical to stop the vehicle or change the lane even if it causes other traffic disruptions. However, there are situations when it is preferable to collide with the object rather than take an action that would result in a much more serious accident than collision with the object. For example, a heavy object which falls from a truck should be avoided whereas a bouncing ball or a soft target such as a foam box need not be. We present a novel method to discriminate between the motion characteristics of these types of objects based on their physical properties such as bounciness, elasticity, etc. In this preliminary work, we use recurrent neural network with LSTM cells to train a classifier to classify objects based on their motion trajectories. We test the algorithm on synthetic data, and, as a proof of concept, demonstrate its effectiveness on a limited set of real-world data.
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