City-ALIEN is an autonomous ground vehicle that won the first place in the Design Competition at IGVC'2010, due to its truly innovative platform that was developed with the goal of applying cutting-edge vision research (to ensure passive sensing) to practical robotics. Its unique catadioptric design demonstrated that – as a vision-only system – is capable of performing at least as well as classical designs with bulky laser range scanners. In addition, the balance between innovation and improvement that City ALIEN exhibited, its electronics saw a dramatic enhancement – making City ALIEN safer, more robust, and more maneuverable than any past generation of City College IGVC robots. In fact, City ALIEN also demonstrated top-notch navigation performance during IGVC 2010 by coming in 8th place at the Autonomous Competition.
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Dr. Jizhong Xiao, Carlos Jaramillo, Erez Gati, (Bobby Vassos), Igor Labutov, Ricardo Chincha, and Fernando Guevara