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MathWorks Introduces Sensor Fusion and Tracking Toolbox
Extends workflows to help engineers design, simulate, and analyze systems fusing data from multiple sensors
NATICK, Mass.– MathWorks introduced Sensor Fusion and Tracking Toolbox, which is now available as part of Release 2018b. The new toolbox equips engineers working on autonomous systems in aerospace and defense, automotive, consumer electronics, and other industries with algorithms and tools to maintain position, orientation, and situational awareness. The toolbox extends MATLAB-based workflows to help engineers develop accurate perception algorithms for autonomous systems, MathWorks said in a press release.
Engineers working on the perception stage of autonomous system development need to fuse inputs from various sensors to estimate the position of objects around these systems. Now, researchers, developers, and enthusiasts can use algorithms for localization and tracking, along with reference examples within the toolbox, as a starting point to implement components of airborne, ground-based, shipborne, and underwater surveillance, navigation, and autonomous systems. The toolbox provides a flexible and reusable environment that can be shared across developers. It provides capabilities to simulate sensor detections, perform localization, test sensor fusion architectures, and evaluate tracking results.
MathWorks (https://www.mathworks.com/) is a developer of mathematical computing software. MATLAB, the language of technical computing, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink is a graphical environment for simulation and Model-Based Design for multidomain dynamic and embedded systems.
“Algorithm designers working on tracking and navigation systems often use in-house tools that may be difficult to maintain and reuse,” said Paul Barnard, marketing director – Design Automation, MathWorks. “With Sensor Fusion and Tracking Toolbox, engineers can explore multiple designs and perform ‘what-if analysis’ without writing custom libraries. They can also simulate fusion architectures in software that can be shared across teams and organizations.”
Sensor Fusion and Tracking Toolbox includes algorithms and tools to design, simulate, and analyze systems that fuse data from multiple sensors to maintain position, orientation, and situational awareness. It includes reference examples that provide a starting point for airborne, ground-based, shipborne, and underwater surveillance, navigation, and autonomous systems. It offers multi-object trackers, sensor fusion filters, motion and sensor models, and data association algorithms that can be used to evaluate fusion architectures using real and synthetic data. In addition, it includes scenario and trajectory generation tools, as well as synthetic data generation for active and passive sensors, including RF, acoustic, EO/IR, and GPS/IMU sensors. The toolbox offers system accuracy and performance standard benchmarks, metrics, and animated plots. It also offers deployment options for simulation acceleration or desktop prototyping using C-code generation.
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