Robotics Research Group - Open Positions:

There are open positions for Summer Internships at the Robotics Research Group. Apply with a group of 2-4 students and an idea to get shortlisted, as the working space is limited. You can get some project ideas here.

Our Focus Research Areas are:


Invited in the Technology Foresight federal think tank for Robotics in Islamabad on 17-08-2017.

I shall be on a research visit to Germany from 20-07-17 till 15-08-17. There I shall also attend the WFAR-12 workshop.

WFAR-13 Workshop is finalized to be held on 12-14 Oct 2017 in Lahore.

Our funded projects are:


I have been recently working majorly on Terrain Classification for outdoor mobile robots. I have collected and used some datasets from the robots in my research group. I shall publish these datasets here in the coming days. You are free to use these datasets, provided you cite the corresponding research paper in your publications.

Dataset-1: This dataset was collected onboard a flying robot. It contains 6 different terrain types. The images were captured from a firefly VGA camera mounted on a quadrocopter. I categorized the terrains into 6 categories, but if you want, you can categorize them into lesser or more categories. There are two folders. One contains the original images, and the second folder contains the corresponding color coded images. This dataset was used in [khan2012]

Dataset-2: This dataset was collected from an outdoor Wheeled robot. This dataset contains 5 different terrain types. [khan2011]

Dataset-3: This dataset was also collected onboard an outdoor Wheeled robot, but it was captured using a Marlin camera.

Published Books:

Visual Terrain Classification using Ground and Flying Robots, Author: Yasir Niaz Khan, Publisher: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, OmniScriptum GmbH & Co. KG Bahnhofstra├če 28, D-66111 Saarbr├╝cken Germany, ISBN: 978-3-659-90146-1


[Gondal2015] Muhammad Danish Gondal, Yasir Niaz Khan. Early Pest Detection from Crop using Image Processing and Computational Intelligence. FAST-NU Research Journal (FRJ), Volume 1, Issue 1, January 2015.

[Noor2014] Novaira Noor, Yasir Niaz Khan. Weed Detection in Wheat Fields using Computer Vision. 7th International Workshop on Field and Assistive Robotics (WFAR-7), Lahore, Pakistan, Oct 2014.

[Javed2014] Saleha Javed, Abdullah Tariq, Yasir Niaz Khan. Optimized Path Planning for unmanned Aircraft Systems in Weed Detection. 7th International Workshop on Field and Assistive Robotics (WFAR-7), Lahore, Pakistan, Oct 2014.

[Salahudin2014] Ayesha Salahudin, Yasir Niaz Khan. Traffic congestion estimation based on multiple vehicle parameters. 7th International Workshop on Field and Assistive Robotics (WFAR-7), Lahore, Pakistan, Oct 2014.

[khan2012] Yasir Niaz Khan, Andreas Masselli, and Andreas Zell. Visual terrain classification by flying robots. In IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pages 498 -503, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, may 2012. [ DOI | pdf | details ]

[laible2012] Stefan Laible, Yasir Niaz Khan, Karsten Bohlmann, and Andreas Zell. 3d lidar- and camera-based terrain classification under different lighting conditions. In Autonomous Mobile Systems (AMS), 2012 22nd Conference on, 2012. [ details | link | pdf ]

[khan2011b] Yasir Niaz Khan, Philippe Komma, and Andreas Zell. High resolution visual terrain classification for outdoor robots. In Computer Vision Workshops (ICCV Workshops), 2011 IEEE International Conference on, pages 1014 -1021, Barcelona, Spain, nov 2011. [ DOI | pdf ]

[khan2011a] Yasir Niaz Khan, Philippe Komma, Karsten Bohlmann, and Andreas Zell. Grid-based visual terrain classification for outdoor robots using local features. In IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Vehicles and Transportation Systems (CIVTS 2011), pages 16 - 22, Paris, France, apr 2011. [ DOI | pdf ]

[khan2002] Yasir Niaz Khan and Syed Atif Mehdi. Sign language recognition using sensor gloves. In 9th International Conference on Neural Information Processing, volume 5, pages 2204 - 2206, 2002. [ DOI | link ]

Thesis and Reports:

  • Visual Terrain Classification on Outdoor Mobile Robots (PhD Thesis)

Completed at University of Tuebingen, Germany in 2013.