August 2004 - ProFusion recommends framework
With the publication of its final report, the ProFusion subproject has delivered its promises, providing recommendations and guidelines for the necessary activities in a horizontal integration activity on Sensors and Sensor Data Fusion within PReVENT. The PReVENT Core Group has, based on the recommendations prepared the main objective for the follow-on activity.
As illustrated in Vertical Sub-Projects of PReVENT, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems will more and more rely on multi-sensor architectures and on sensor data fusion in order to achieve the level of performance, cost-efficiency and robustness required for Preventive Safety Applications.
Ranked as first priority is the definition, prototyping and demonstration of a Framework for Robust and Reliable Multi-Sensor ADAS, that shall allow the use of various sensor technologies to construct a representation of the environment to be used by the largest number of applications. This will especially include
(i) the specification of a generic framework for the definition and implementation of sensor models;
(ii) the specification of a generic environment model, compatible with multi-target, complex scenarios, and including the ability to manage information with various degrees of reliability; and
(iii) the investigation and development of novel algorithmics techniques to support the environment model.
In addition, depending on resources and equipment available, the definition and prototyping of Modular Architectures could be considered, that can prefigure standardized platforms supporting data fusion for Preventive Safety applications.
The recommendations are based on the identification of topics of common interest concerning:
· Requirements and challenges in perception within PReVENT and beyond, including breakthrough opportunities towards the effective deployment of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems;
· Technological needs for Preventive and Active Safety Applications, aiming at improving the current state-of-the-art for sensor systems in terms of performance and reliability.
The recommendations emerged from the forum accomplished within ProFusion in two different ways: first, analysis of questionnaires, which have been filled in by the vertical subprojects of PreVENT, by representatives from other European projects, and by sensor suppliers, and second, exploitation of discussion results gathered during three workshops. The resulting information, together with requirements from the vertical subprojects, has been used to analyze the state-of-the-art and to identify original research works of common interest.
Public Sub-Project results can be downloaded at
For more information please contact
ProFusion 1 project leader Olivier AYCARD