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Time - Thursday, September 29, 2016, 2:00 pm
Location - 302 HRBB

Unifying Consensus and Covariance Intersection for Decentralized State Estimation

Amir Tamjidi
Department of Aerospace Engineering
Texas A&M University


This paper presents a new recursive information consensus filter for decentralized dynamic-state estimation. Local estimators are assumed to have access only to local information and no structure is assumed about the topology

of the communication network, which need not be connected at all times. Iterative Covariance Intersection (ICI) is used to reach consensus over priors which might become correlated, while consensus over new information is handled using weights based on a Metropolis Hastings Markov Chain (MHMC). We establish bounds for estimation performance and show that our method produces unbiased conservative estimates that are better than CI. The performance of the proposed method is evaluated and compared with competing algorithms on an atmospheric dispersion problem.


Amirhossein Tamjidi received his B.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Tabriz University, Tabriz, Iran, in 2006, and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2009. He is pursuing his Masters degree in Aerospace Engineering in Texas A&M. His current research focus is on the topic of decentralized state estimation. He has also done research on other topics such as motion planning under uncertainty, Visual-SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) and its application to autonomous cars, navigational aids for visually impaired and robotic exploration.