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Vision & Navigation

The research area

GPS systems, automated face recognition, 3D object recognition/classification or autonomously navigating robots –  today, vision and navigation applications play a more and more important role in both everyday life and industrial environments.

The focus of the IMS' vision and navigation research area is on the measurement and recognition of objects and on the development of autonomous mobile systems of all kinds. With their well-founded know how in software development, besides own projects our collaborators also support research projects of other IMS research area. This boosts interdisciplinary thinking within the institute and enables a customized and efficient implementation of innovative approaches.

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Teamleader and contact person Vision & Navigation

Prof. Dr. Hans Wernher van de Venn

Prof. Dr. Hans Wernher van de Venn

ZHAW School of Engineering
Institute of Mechatronic Systems
Technikumstrasse 5
8400 Winterthur

+41 (0) 58 934 77 89

Projects in Vision & Navigation

AVERT: Safe removal of suspect vehicles

The Autonomous Vehicle Emergency Recovery Tool (AVERT) provides a capability rapidly to deploy, extract and remove both blocking and suspect vehicles from vulnerable positions and confined spaces. More information

Vision inspection systems

The IMS realizes together with Graf+Cie AG vision inspection systems for process optimization and quality assurance in the manufacturing of technology components for textile machines.

3D Mosaic: Intelligent orchard management

The aim of the 3D Mosaic project is to promote precision management of orchards by means of a decision support system (DSS) aiming at optimizing efficiency of inputs and at diminishing the environmental footprint of fruit production. More information

SmartWeeder: Sensor based weed treatment system

SmartWeeder is the next generation weed detection and treatment system. Experts in agriculture, computer vision, 3D data processing and mechatronics are working together on this project, striving for an ambitious goal: “the electronic farmer - let the machines do the job". More information

ShoeExpert: Automated imprint recognition

The aim of the ShoeExpert project was to develop an assistance system for automated acquisition, analysis and classification of shoe and tyre prints. More information

Rail Clouds: Rail infrastructure in 3D point clouds

The Rail Clouds project aims at providing a general overview of the possibilities to process 3D point clouds from railway areas. More information

MAVERIC: Modular Autonomous Vehicle

For agricultural surveys, the use of unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) as sensor carriers is becoming increasingly attractive. These vehicles can be equipped with multiple sensing de-vices to achieve a high level of autonomy in order to improve productivity and profitability in agriculture. More information

Parkmate: Next generation parking aid

Parkmate is an assistance system used for semi-automatic parking. The systems measures cars and parking-spaces and calculates the optimal trajectory for parking. More information

SmartParking: Autonomously parking car

In the SmartParking project, the IMS developed an automatic parking car that is able to drive autonomously, detect and avoid obstacles and to safely park in a chosen parking space. More information