Ross Kidson


Technische Universität München

Department of Computer Science
Informatik 9
Karlstrasse 45 (3rd Floor)
80333 Munich

Tel: +4917635261006
Fax: +49-89-289-17757


I have been working as a research assistant at the Intelligent Autonomous Systems Group since December 2011 under the supervision of Dejan Pangeric. I am currently a student enrolled at Technical University of Munich undertaking Master of Robotics, Cognition and Intelligence.

My work at IAS focuses on RGB-D mapping of indoor areas primarily for semantic mapping using handheld devices.

Prior to working at IAS and starting my Master's program I obtained my Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) / Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. I have also worked as an electrical engineer at ANCA, Melbourne, Australia. Please don't hestiate to contact me for a complete resume.

Semantic Mapping

I am currently working on creating a framework to perform semi automated semantic mapping of 3D Models as captured from a Mircrosoft Kinect or the like. Here is a video that shows a small demo of the pipeline. This is still work in progress

RGBD Registration

Before my work on semantic mapping I have been working on techniques for improving registration in RGB-D SLAM. Particularly, I looked at combining the depth information from the kinect with 2D features from the RGB camera. I have implemented this registration method as a ROS package

Other Projects

Visual Odometry/Visual SLAM for an Autonomous Car - BMW Project Motion Planning for an Autonomous Car BMW Project
Bioloid Olympics Autonomous Quadrocopter
Retina Sensor Machine learning in Music
Saphari Project at DLR GPU Programming



Workshop Papers

Elaborative Evaluation of RGB-D based Point Cloud Registration for Personal Robots (Ross Kidson, Darko Stanimirovic, Dejan Pangercic, Michael Beetz), In ICRA 2012 Workshop on Semantic Perception and Mapping for Knowledge-enabled Service Robotics, 2012. [bib] [pdf]
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