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Rajalakshmi Pachamuthu

Dr. P Rajalakshmi is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, CYIENT Chair Professor in Future Communications, and Project Director of the Technology Innovation Hub on Autonomous Navigations (TiHAN) at IIT Hyderabad. Her research areas: Autonomous navigation, Drone based sensing, wireless communications, Internet of Things, and Cyber-Physical Systems targeting applications like autonomous transportation – aerial and terrestrial, agriculture, healthcare, environmental monitoring, and smart buildings. Along with fundamental research in IoT/CPS domain, she also emphasizes on translational research. Out of her research activities, she has filed 15 patents, published over 38 Journals and 100 conference peer-reviewed papers.


Map based navigation for autonomous vehicles (AVs)

An overview of autonomous navigation research and development activities at Technology Innovation Hub on Autonomous Navigation (TiHAN) at IIT Hyderabad, will be introduced. LiDAR odometry and Mapping algorithm creates an HD map of the environment. On the map, the vehicle is localized in real time, which helps in navigation and path planning of self driving vehicles. Efficient algorithms are developed for obstacle avoidance during navigation. HD map based navigation on autonomous vehicles is suitable for controlled environments and GPS denies scenarios. The proposed HD map based navigation algorithm is implemented in real time on an AV, tested and validated.