Motion estimation in a Mars virtual environment

By Max Versace | October 26, 2012

The video in this post illustrates how optic flow information can be extracted by a simulated Mars rover moving in a simulated Mars virtual. The work, sponsored by NASA and realized by Neurala ( and the CELEST Neuromorphics Lab (, shows how the movement of a simulated robot with respect to its environment produces important clues in the visual system to estimate motion. This information, often termed optic flow, allows biological systems to understand how itself and other objects are moving through the world.

Neurala LLC, the Boston University Neuromorphics Lab, and Mark Motter at NASA Langley are working together in a NASA-sponsored STTR to build neural models for autonomous navigation in a simulated Mars rover. The video below has been realized by Tim Barnes, Gennady Livitz, and Anatoli Gorchetchnikov.



The Neuromorphics Lab is highly collaborative with connections across both academia and industry.