MIT/Olin team wins first place at RobotX

The MIT/Olin team recently took first place in the 2014 RobotX competition for robotic surface vessels held in Singapore.  Key components of their robotic system include a Velodyne HDL-32E sensor and software based on components from VeloView and VTK.  The hardware and software aboard the vessel enabled autonomous navigation of a course requiring navigation, searching for underwater objects, docking, and obstacle avoidance.  Components from VeloView enable reading from the Velodyne HDL-32E and converting the data into a format suitable for the processing pipeline which uses components from VTK, PCL, and python.  As shown below, A VTK-based viewer is also used for visualization of the processing results. 

Image Courtsey of MIT/Olin RobotX team at

For details on how VTK and VeloView components were by team MIT/Olin see their website describing:

For more information on VeloView please see:

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