Automatic Distance Measurement and Material Characterization with Infrared Sensors

  • Miguel Angel Garcia
  • Agusti Solanas
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3276)


This paper describes a new technique for determining the distance to a planar surface and, at the same time, obtaining a characterization of the surface’s material through the use of conventional, low-cost infrared sensors. The proposed technique is advantageous over previous schemes in that it does not require additional range sensors, such as ultrasound devices, nor a priori knowledge about the materials that can be encountered. Experiments with an all-terrain mobile robot equipped with a ring of infrared sensors are presented.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miguel Angel Garcia
    • 1
  • Agusti Solanas
    • 1
  1. 1.Intelligent Robotics and Computer Vision Group, Department of Computer Science and MathematicsRovira i Virgili UniversityTarragonaSpain

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