PRoVisG Summer School Berlin

The Planetary Robotics Vision Ground Processing (PROVISG) project brings together the major groups currently working on planetary robotic vision, consisting of research institutions inside and out of Europe, European Space Agency (ESA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the industrial stakeholders involved in vision & navigation for robotic space missions as well as for their scientific exploitation. It is developing a unified and generic approach for robotic vision ground processing.

The project, funded by the EU FP7 (European Union, 7th Framework Program), started in October 2008 and

  1. builds a framework for planetary robotic vision ground data processing
  2. develops the technology to better process and visualize the existing and future data from planetary robotic missions in order to maximize the value-added exploitation of these data for research, technology and education
  3. increases public awareness of planetary robotic missions and the European contribution to their scientific evaluation.








Vision Ground processing (PRoVisG) Summer School 2011 in Berlin. The school took place in the heart of the vibrant German capital at the Technische Universität Berlin.

Experts introduced participants to the topic of planetary exploration with the aid of robotic vision instruments. Detailed background knowledge about planetary robotic vision data processing was lectured.

Participants had the opportunity to get their hands on planetary data, compute 3D stereo models with the software suite developed within the scope of the FP7 EU project PRoVisG and evaluated the data with respect to rover operation and scientifically interesting features.

A rover traverse drive was simulated by providing remote access to a camera system. Participants were be able to point the cameras and acquire images remotely. Based on the evaluation of the vision data products, participants directed the cameras to a new view point and repeated this process until a scientifically interesting feature was found.

Some participants had the opportunity to present the results of this workshop during the European Planetary Science Congress in Nantes (October 2011).


Saturday / Sunday
The weekend can be used for travel, tourism, or relaxation. Berlins cultural life and venues are some of the most thriving in Europe. So you could use the opportunity to discover the German capital.

This will be a day with lots of talks and lectures of experts who will give an overview of the projects idea but also on the background and the techniques.

Further expert talks are prepared for this day. However, first hands-on session will be commence introducing you to the software for evaluation of image data. Also the setup for the testbench that will be used during the course of the week to simulate a remote commanded rover traverse will be assembled.

This day will be used to compute first 3D models based on previous field test data or actual Mars Rover data. First images/panoramas will be obtained from the testbench by remotely pointing the camera.

Wednesdays results and problems can be discussed during the first session. Later on advance products for operation, such as slope maps, sun elevation maps, can be prepared and evaluated. The organizers will invite members of the Institute and the University to take part in a public presentation of the Results from this Summer School.

The morning will be used to collect all important results and document these. A Poster will be prepared that will be presented at the EPSC-DPS meeting in Nantes following the Summer School.

Summer School Announcement
EPSC-DPS Science Congress 2011 in Nantes
How to get to TU-Berlin
Summer School Presentations
Important Dates for the PRoVisG Summer School

Date Comment
 8. April 2011  1st Announcement
 31. May 2011  Deadline for Registration
 05. July 2011  Organizers contacting participants
 15. August 2011  Final Agenda
 12th – 16th September 2011  Summer School in Berlin
 3rd -7th October 2011  EPSC-DPS in Nantes