IJAT Vol.17 No.3 pp. 305-313
doi: 10.20965/ijat.2023.p0305

Research Paper:

Machine Learning Based Position Prediction of a Target Tracked by Multi-Aperture Positioning System

Luis Garcia*,**,† ORCID Icon, Uwe Bielke*** ORCID Icon, Cornelius Neumann**, and Rainer Börret* ORCID Icon

*Zentrum für Optische Technologien (ZOT), Aalen University
Beethovenstraße 1, Aalen, Baden-Württemberg 73430, Germany

**Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Karlsruhe, Germany

***Glasgow Caledonian University
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Corresponding author

October 31, 2022
March 1, 2023
May 5, 2023
photogrammetry, 3DOF measurement, machine learning, accuracy, online-calibration

This paper proposes a machine learning-based position prediction approach to determine the position of a light-emitting diode (LED) target using a new measuring system called the multi-aperture positioning system (MAPS). The measurement system is based on a photogrammetric approach using an aperture mask and a single camera sensor. To achieve high accuracy in position calculation, several complex algorithms with high computational complexity are used. The accuracy of the system is equal to or better than that of existing photogrammetric devices. We investigate whether a neural network (NN) can replace the algorithms currently used in the system software to increase the measurement frequency with similar accuracy. Simulated images are used to train the NN, while real images are used to measure performance. Previously, various algorithms were used to calculate the position of the target from the captured images. Our approach is to train an NN, using thousands of labeled images, to predict the position of the target from these images. We investigate whether systematic measurement errors can be avoided; not all factors affecting the measurement precision are yet known, can always be accurately determined, or change over time. When NNs are used, all information contained in the images is learned by the model, considering all influences present at the time of training. Results show that the trained NN can achieve similar performance to the previously used Gaussian algorithm in less time since no filters or other pre-processing of images are required. This factor directly affects the measurement frequency of the MAPS. The light spot center was detected with sub-pixel accuracy without systematic errors in contrast to some of the previously used algorithms. The simulation of the sensor images needs to be improved to investigate the full potential of the NN.

Cite this article as:
L. Garcia, U. Bielke, C. Neumann, and R. Börret, “Machine Learning Based Position Prediction of a Target Tracked by Multi-Aperture Positioning System,” Int. J. Automation Technol., Vol.17 No.3, pp. 305-313, 2023.
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