Bayesian Filtering for Dynamic Systems with Applications to Tracking
Tutor / director / evaluatorFernández Rubio, Juan Antonio
Document typeMaster thesis (pre-Bologna period)
Rights accessOpen Access
This M.Sc. thesis intends to evaluate various algorithms based on Bayesian statistical theory and validates with both synthetic data as well as experimental data. The focus is given in comparing the performance of new kind of sequential Monte Carlo filter, called cost reference particle filter, with other Kalman based filters as well as the standard particle filter. Different filtering algorithms based on Kalman filters and those based on sequential Monte Carlo technique are implemented in Matlab. For all linear Gaussian system models, Kalman filter gives the optimal solution. Hence only the cases which do not have linear-Gaussian probabilistic model are analyzed in this thesis. The results of various simulations show that, for those non-linear system models whose probability model can fairly be assumed Gaussian, either Kalman like filters or the sequential Monte Carlo based particle filters can be used. The choice among these filters depends upon various factors such as degree of nonlinearity, order of system state, required accuracy, etc. There is always a tradeoff between the required accuracy and the computational cost. It is found that whenever the probabilistic model of the system cannot be approximated as Gaussian, which is the case in many real world applications like Econometrics, Genetics, etc., the above discussed statistical reference filters degrade in performance. To tackle with this problem, the recently proposed cost reference particle filter is implemented and tested in scenarios where the system model is not Gaussian. The new filter shows good robustness in such scenarios as it does not make any assumption of probabilistic model. The thesis work also includes implementation of the above discussed prediction algorithms into a real world application, where location of a moving robot is tracked using measurements from wireless sensor networks. The flexibility of the cost reference particle filter to adapt to specific applications is explored and is found to perform better than the other filters in tracking of the robot. The results obtained from various experiments show that cost reference particle filter is the best choice whenever there is high uncertainty of the probabilistic model and when these models are not Gaussian. It can also be concluded that,contrary to the general perception, the estimation techniques based on ad-hoc references can actually be more efficient than those based on the usual statistical reference.