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Lidar and Radar Fusion in Urban Air Mobility Scenario

This example shows how to use multiobject trackers to track various unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in an urban environment. You create a scene using the uavScenario object based on building and terrain data available online. You then use lidar and radar sensor models to generate synthetic sensor data. Finally, you use various tracking algorithms to estimate the state of all UAVs in the scene.

UAVs are designed for a wide range of operations. Many applications are set in urban environments, such as drone package delivery, air taxis, and power line inspection. The safety of these operations becomes critical as the number of applications grows, making controlling the urban airspace a challenge.

Create Urban Air Mobility Scenario

In this example, you use the terrain and building data of Boulder, CO. The Digital Terrain Elevation Data (DTED) file is downloaded from the SRTM Void Filled dataset available from the U.S. Geological Survey. The building data in southboulder.osm was downloaded from, which provides access to crowd-sourced map data all over the world. The data is licensed under the Open Data Commons Open Database License (ODbL),

dtedfile = "n39_w106_3arc_v2.dt1";
buildingfile = "southboulder.osm";
scene = createScenario(dtedfile,buildingfile);

Next, add a few UAVs to the scenario.

To model a package delivery operation, define a trajectory leaving from the roof of a building and flying to a different building. The trajectory is composed of three legs. The quadrotor takes off vertically, then flies toward the next delivery destination, and finally lands vertically on the roof.

waypointsA = [1895 90 20; 1915 108 35; 1900 115 20];
timeA = [0 25 50];
trajA = waypointTrajectory(waypointsA, "TimeOfArrival", timeA, "ReferenceFrame", "ENU", "AutoBank", true);
uavA = uavPlatform("UAV", scene, "Trajectory", trajA, "ReferenceFrame", "ENU");
updateMesh(uavA, "quadrotor", {5}, [0.6350    0.0780    0.1840], eye(4));

Add another UAV to model an air taxi flying by. Its trajectory is linear and slightly descending. Use the fixedwing geometry to model a larger UAV that is suitable for transporting people.

waypointsB = [1940 120 50; 1800 50 20];
timeB = [0 41];
trajB = waypointTrajectory(waypointsB, "TimeOfArrival", timeB, "ReferenceFrame", "ENU", "AutoBank", true);
uavB = uavPlatform("UAV2", scene, "Trajectory", trajB, "ReferenceFrame", "ENU");
updateMesh(uavB, "fixedwing", {10},  [0.6350    0.0780    0.1840], eye(4));

Then add a quadrotor with a trajectory following the street path. This represents a UAV inspecting power grid lines for maintenance purposes.

waypointsC = [1950 60 35; 1900 60 35; 1890 80 35]; 
timeC = linspace(0,41,size(waypointsC,1));
trajC = waypointTrajectory(waypointsC, "TimeOfArrival", timeC, "ReferenceFrame", "ENU", "AutoBank", true);
uavC = uavPlatform("UAV3", scene, "Trajectory", trajC, "ReferenceFrame", "ENU");
updateMesh(uavC, "quadrotor", {5}, [0.6350    0.0780    0.1840], eye(4));

Finally, add the ego UAV, a UAV responsible for surveilling the scene and tracking different moving platforms.

waypointsD = [1900 140 65; 1910 100 65];
timeD = [0 60];
trajD = waypointTrajectory(waypointsD, "TimeOfArrival", timeD, ...
    "ReferenceFrame", "ENU", "AutoBank", true, "AutoPitch", true);
egoUAV = uavPlatform("EgoVehicle", scene, "Trajectory", trajD, "ReferenceFrame", "ENU");
updateMesh(egoUAV, "quadrotor", {5}, [0 0 1], eye(4));

Define UAV Sensor Suite

Mount sensors on the ego vehicle. Use a lidar puck that is commonly used in automotive applications [1]. The puck is a small sensor that can be attached on a quadrotor. Use the following specification for the lidar puck:

  • Range resolution: 3 cm

  • Maximum range: 100 m

  • 360 degrees azimuth span with 0.2° resolution

  • 30 degrees elevation span with 2° resolution

  • Update rate: 10 Hz

  • Mount with a 90° tilt to look down

% Mount a lidar on the quadrotor
lidarOrient = [90 90 0];
lidarSensor = uavLidarPointCloudGenerator("MaxRange",100, ...
    "RangeAccuracy", 0.03, ...
    "ElevationLimits", [-15 15], ...
    "ElevationResolution", 2, ...
    "AzimuthLimits", [-180 180], ...
    "AzimuthResolution", 0.2, ...
    "UpdateRate", 10, ...
    "HasOrganizedOutput", false);
lidar = uavSensor("Lidar", egoUAV, lidarSensor, "MountingLocation", [0 0 -3], "MountingAngles",lidarOrient);

Next, add a radar using the radarDataGenerator System object from the Radar Toolbox. To add this sensor to the UAV platform, you need to define a custom adaptor class. For details on that, see the Simulate Radar Sensor Mounted on UAV (UAV Toolbox) example. In this example, you use the helperRadarAdaptor class. This class uses the mesh geometry of targets to define cuboid dimensions for the radar model. The mesh is also used to derive a simple RCS signature for each target. Based on the Echodyne EchoFlight UAV radar [2], set the radar configuration as:

  • Frequency: 24.45-24.65 GHz

  • Field of view: 120° azimuth 80° elevation

  • Resolution: 2 deg in azimuth, 6° in elevation

  • Full scan rate: 1 Hz

  • Sensitivity: 0 dBsm at 200 m

Additionally, configure the radar to output multiple detections per object. Though the radar can output tracks representing point targets, you want to estimate the extent of the target, which is not available with the default track output. Therefore, set the TargetReportFormat property to Detections so that the radar reports crude detections directly.

% Mount a radar on the quadrotor.
radarSensor = radarDataGenerator("no scanning","SensorIndex",1,...
    "FieldOfView",[120 80],...
    "UpdateRate", 1,...
    'MountingAngles',[0 30 0],...
    "HasElevation", true,...
    "ElevationResolution", 6,...
    "AzimuthResolution", 2, ...
    "RangeResolution", 4, ...
    "RangeLimits", [0 200],...
    "DetectionCoordinates","Sensor rectangular",...
    "FalseAlarmRate", 1e-7);

radar = uavSensor("Radar",egoUAV,helperRadarAdaptor(radarSensor));

Define Tracking System

Lidar Point Cloud Processing

Lidar sensors return point clouds. To fuse the lidar output, the point cloud must be clustered to extract object detections. Segment out the terrain using the segmentGroundSMRF function from Lidar Toolbox. The remaining point cloud is clustered, and a simple threshold is applied to each cluster mean elevation to filter out building detections. Fit each cluster with a cuboid to extract a bounding box detection. The helper class helperLidarDetector available in this example has the implementation details.

Lidar cuboid detections are formatted using the objectDetection object. The measurement state for these detections is [x,y,z,L,W,H,q0,q1,q2,q3], where:

  • x,y,z are the cuboid center coordinates along the east, north, and up (ENU) axes of the scenario, respectively.

  • L,W,H are the length, width, and height of the cuboid, respectively.

  • q=q0+q1.i+q2.j+q3.k is the quaternion defining the orientation of the cuboid with respect to the ENU axes.

lidarDetector = helperLidarDetector(scene)
lidarDetector = 
  helperLidarDetector with properties:

            MaxWindowRadius: 3
             GridResolution: 1.5000
    SegmentationMinDistance: 5
    MinDetectionsPerCluster: 2
        MinZDistanceCluster: 20
           EgoVehicleRadius: 10

Lidar Tracker

Use a point target tracker, trackerJPDA, to track the lidar bounding box detections. A point tracker assumes that each UAV can generate at most one detection per sensor scan. This assumption is valid because you have clustered the point cloud into cuboids. To set up a tracker, you need to define the motion model and the measurement model. In this example, you model the dynamics of UAVs using an augmented constant velocity model. The constant velocity model is sufficient to track trajectories consisting of straight flight legs or slowly varying segments. Moreover, assume the orientation of the UAV is constant and assume the dimensions of the UAVs are constant. As a result, the track state and state transition equations are X=[x,vx,y,vy,z,vz,L,W,H,q0,q1,q2,q3] and


Here, vx, vy, vz are the cuboid velocity vector coordinates along the scenario ENU axes. Track orientation using a quaternion because of the discontinuity of Euler angles when using tracking filters. ts , the time interval between updates k and k+1, is equal to 0.1 seconds. Lastly, Qk is the additive process noise that captures the modeling inaccuracy.

The inner transition matrix corresponds to the constant velocity model. Define an augmented state version of constvel and cvmeas to account for the additional constant states. The details are implemented in the supporting functions initLidarFilter, augmentedConstvel, augmentedConstvelJac, augmentedCVmeas, and augmentedCVMeasJac at the end of the example.

lidarJPDA = trackerJPDA('TrackerIndex',2,...
    'AssignmentThreshold',[70 150],...
    'DeletionThreshold',[10 10],... Delete lidar track if missed for 1 second
    'ConfirmationThreshold',[4 5],...
lidarJPDA = 
  trackerJPDA with properties:

                  TrackerIndex: 2
       FilterInitializationFcn: @initLidarFilter
                  MaxNumEvents: Inf
            EventGenerationFcn: 'jpdaEvents'
                  MaxNumTracks: 100
              MaxNumDetections: Inf
                 MaxNumSensors: 20
                 TimeTolerance: 1.0000e-05

           AssignmentThreshold: [70 150]
       InitializationThreshold: 0
          DetectionProbability: 0.9900
                ClutterDensity: 1.0000e-16

                  OOSMHandling: 'Terminate'

                    TrackLogic: 'History'
         ConfirmationThreshold: [4 5]
             DeletionThreshold: [10 10]
              HitMissThreshold: 0.2000

            HasCostMatrixInput: false
    HasDetectableTrackIDsInput: false
               StateParameters: [1×1 struct]

             ClassFusionMethod: 'None'

                     NumTracks: 0
            NumConfirmedTracks: 0

        EnableMemoryManagement: false

Radar Tracker

In this example, you assume that the radar returns are preprocessed such that only returns from moving objects are preserved, that is, there are no returns from the ground or the buildings. The radar measurement state is [x,vx,y,vy,z,vz]. The radar resolution is fine enough to generate multiple returns per UAV target and its detections should not be fed directly to a point target tracker. There are two possible approaches to track with the high-resolution radar detections. One of the approaches is that you can cluster the detections and augment the state with dimensions and orientation constants as done previously with the lidar cuboids. In the other approach, you can feed the detections to an extended target tracker adopted in this example by using a GGIW-PHD tracker. This tracker estimates the extent of each target using an inverse Wishart distribution, whose expectation is a 3-by-3 positive definite matrix, representing the extent of a target as a 3-D ellipse. This second approach is preferable because you do not have too many detections per object and clustering is less accurate than extended target tracking

To create a GGIW-PHD tracker, first define the tracking sensor configuration for each sensor reporting to the tracker. In this case, you need to define the configuration for only one radar. When the radar mounting platform is moving, you need to update this configuration with the current radar pose before each tracker step. Next, define a filter initialization function based on the sensor configuration. Finally, construct a trackerPHD object and increase the partitioning threshold to capture the dimensions of objects tracked in this example. The implementation details are shown at the end of the example in the supporting function createRadarTracker.

radarPHD = createRadarTracker(radarSensor, egoUAV)
radarPHD = 
  trackerPHD with properties:

                    TrackerIndex: 1
            SensorConfigurations: {[1×1 trackingSensorConfiguration]}
                 PartitioningFcn: @(dets)partitionDetections(dets,threshold(1),threshold(2),'Distance','euclidean')
                   MaxNumSensors: 20
                    MaxNumTracks: 1000
                MaxNumComponents: 1000

             AssignmentThreshold: 50
                       BirthRate: 1.0000e-03
                       DeathRate: 1.0000e-06

             ExtractionThreshold: 0.8000
           ConfirmationThreshold: 0.9900
               DeletionThreshold: 0.1000
                MergingThreshold: 50
              LabelingThresholds: [1.0100 0.0100 0]

                 StateParameters: [1×1 struct]
    HasSensorConfigurationsInput: true
                       NumTracks: 0
              NumConfirmedTracks: 0

Track Fusion

The final step in creating the tracking system is to define a track fuser object to fuse lidar tracks and radar tracks. Use the 13-dimensional state of lidar tracks as the fused state definition.

radarConfig = fuserSourceConfiguration('SourceIndex',1,...

lidarConfig = fuserSourceConfiguration('SourceIndex',2,...

fuser = trackFuser('SourceConfigurations',{radarConfig,lidarConfig},...
    'ConfirmationThreshold',[4 5],...
    'DeletionThreshold',[5 5],...


Use a helper class to visualize the scenario. The helper class in this example utilizes the uavScenario visualization capabilities and the theaterPlot plotter to represent detection and track information.

The display is divided into five tiles, showing respectively, the overall 3-D scene, three chase cameras for three UAVs, and the legend.

viewer = helperUAVDisplay(scene);

Figure UAV-borne Lidar and Radar fusion contains 4 axes objects and other objects of type uipanel. Axes object 1 with xlabel East (m), ylabel North (m) contains 33 objects of type patch, line. One or more of the lines displays its values using only markers Axes object 2 with xlabel X (m), ylabel Y (m) contains 33 objects of type patch, line. One or more of the lines displays its values using only markers Axes object 3 with xlabel X (m), ylabel Y (m) contains 33 objects of type patch, line. One or more of the lines displays its values using only markers Axes object 4 with xlabel X (m), ylabel Y (m) contains 33 objects of type patch, line. One or more of the lines displays its values using only markers

% Radar and lidar coverages for display
[radarcov,lidarcov] = sensorCoverage(radarSensor, lidar);

Simulate Scenario

Run the scenario and visualize the results of the tracking system. The true pose of each target as well as the radar, lidar, and fused tracks are saved for offline metric analysis.

s = rng;

numSteps = scene.StopTime*scene.UpdateRate;
truthlog = cell(1,numSteps);
radarlog = cell(1,numSteps);
lidarlog = cell(1,numSteps);
fusedlog = cell(1,numSteps);
logCount = 0;

while advance(scene)
    time = scene.CurrentTime;
    % Update sensor readings and read data.
    egoPose = read(egoUAV);

    % Track with radar
    [radardets, radarTracks, inforadar] = updateRadarTracker(radar,radarPHD, egoPose, time);

    % Track with lidar
    [lidardets, lidarTracks, nonGroundCloud, groundCloud] = updateLidarTracker(lidar,lidarDetector, lidarJPDA, egoPose);

    % Fuse lidar and radar tracks
    rectRadarTracks = formatPHDTracks(radarTracks);
    if isLocked(fuser) || ~isempty(radarTracks) || ~isempty(lidarTracks)
        [fusedTracks,~,allfused,info] = fuser([lidarTracks;rectRadarTracks],time);
        fusedTracks = objectTrack.empty;

    % Save log
    logCount = logCount + 1;
    lidarlog{logCount} = lidarTracks;
    radarlog{logCount} = rectRadarTracks;
    fusedlog{logCount} = fusedTracks;
    truthlog{logCount} = logTargetTruth(scene.Platforms(1:3));
    % Update figure
    viewer(radarcov, lidarcov, nonGroundCloud, groundCloud, lidardets, radardets, lidarTracks, radarTracks, fusedTracks );

Figure UAV-borne Lidar and Radar fusion contains 4 axes objects and other objects of type uipanel. Axes object 1 with xlabel East (m), ylabel North (m) contains 37 objects of type patch, line, text. One or more of the lines displays its values using only markers Axes object 2 with xlabel X (m), ylabel Y (m) contains 37 objects of type patch, line, text. One or more of the lines displays its values using only markers Axes object 3 with xlabel X (m), ylabel Y (m) contains 37 objects of type patch, line, text. One or more of the lines displays its values using only markers Axes object 4 with xlabel X (m), ylabel Y (m) contains 37 objects of type patch, line, text. One or more of the lines displays its values using only markers

Based on the visualization results, perform an initial qualitative assessment of the tracking performance. The display at the end of the scenario shows that all three UAVs were well tracked by the ego. With the current sensor suite configuration, lidar tracks were only established partially due to the limited coverage of the lidar sensor. The wider field of view of the radar allowed establishing radar tracks more consistently in this scenario.

UAVAcrop.gif UAVBcrop.gif UAVCcrop.gif

The three animated GIFs above show parts of the chase views. You can see that the quality of lidar tracks (orange box) is affected by the geometry of the scenario. UAV A (left) is illuminated by the lidar (shown in yellow) almost directly from above. This enables the tracker to capture the full extent of the drone over time. However, UAV C (right) is partially seen by the radar which leads to underestimating the size of the drone. Also, the estimated centroid periodically oscillates around the true drone center. The larger fixed-wing UAV (middle) generates many lidar points. Thus, the tracker can detect and track the full extent of the target once it has completely entered the field of view of the lidar. In all three cases, the radar, shown in blue, provides more accurate information of the target extent. As a result, the fused track box (in purple) is more closely capturing the extent of each UAV. However, the radar returns are less accurate in position. Radar tracks show more position bias and poorer orientation estimate.

Tracking Metrics

In this section, you analyze the performance of the tracking system using the OSPA(2) tracking metric. First define the distance function which quantifies the error between track and truth using a scalar value. A lower OSPA value means an overall better performance.

ospaR = trackOSPAMetric('Metric','OSPA(2)','Distance','custom','DistanceFcn',@metricDistance);
ospaL = clone(ospaR);
ospaF = clone(ospaR);

ospaRadar = zeros(1,numSteps);
ospaLidar = zeros(1,numSteps);
ospaFused = zeros(1,numSteps);

for i=1:numSteps
    truth = truthlog{i};
    ospaRadar(i) = ospaR(radarlog{i},truth);
    ospaLidar(i) = ospaL(lidarlog{i},truth);
    ospaFused(i) = ospaF(fusedlog{i},truth);

hold on
grid on
legend('Radar','Lidar','Lidar + Radar');

Figure contains an axes object. The axes object with xlabel Steps, ylabel OSPA(2) contains 3 objects of type line. These objects represent Radar, Lidar, Lidar + Radar.

Analyze the overall system performance. Each tracker is penalized for not tracking any of the UAVs even if the target UAV is outside of the sensor coverage. This shows improved performance when fusing lidar and radar due to the added surveillance area. This is particularly noticeable at the end of the simulation where two targets are tracked, one by radar and the other by lidar, but both are tracked by the fuser. Additionally, you can see that the fused OSPA is below the minimum of lidar and radar OSPA, showing the fused track has better quality than each individual track.

% clean up


This example showed you how to model a UAV-borne lidar and radar tracking system and tested it on an urban air mobility scenario. You used the uavScenario object to create a realistic urban environment with terrain and buildings. You then generated synthetic sensor data to test a complete tracking system chain, involving point cloud processing, point target and extended target tracking, and track fusion.

Supporting Functions

createScenario creates the uavScenario using the OpenStreetMap terrain and building mesh data.

function scene = createScenario(dtedfile,buildingfile)

    % custom terrain was already added.

minHeight = 1.6925e+03;
latlonCenter = [39.9786 -105.2882 minHeight];
scene = uavScenario("UpdateRate",10,"StopTime",40,...

% Add terrain mesh
sceneXLim = [1800 2000];
sceneYLim = [0 200];
scene.addMesh("terrain", {"southboulder", sceneXLim, sceneYLim},[0 0 0]);

% Add buildings
scene.addMesh("buildings", {buildingfile, sceneXLim, sceneYLim, "auto"}, [0 0 0]);


createRadarTracker creates the trackerPHD tracker to fuse radar detections.

function tracker = createRadarTracker(radar, egoUAV)

% Create sensor configuration for trackerPHD
fov = radar.FieldOfView;
sensorLimits = [-fov(1)/2 fov(1)/2; -fov(2)/2 fov(2)/2; 0 inf];
sensorResolution = [radar.AzimuthResolution;radar.ElevationResolution; radar.RangeResolution];
Kc = radar.FalseAlarmRate/(radar.AzimuthResolution*radar.RangeResolution*radar.ElevationResolution);
Pd = radar.DetectionProbability;

sensorPos = radar.MountingLocation(:);
sensorOrient = rotmat(quaternion(radar.MountingAngles, 'eulerd', 'ZYX', 'frame'),'frame');

% Specify frame info of radar with respect to UAV
sensorTransformParameters(1) = struct('Frame','Spherical',...
    'OriginPosition', sensorPos,...
    'OriginVelocity', zeros(3,1),...% Sensor does not move relative to ego
    'Orientation', sensorOrient,...
    'IsParentToChild',true,...% Frame rotation is supplied as orientation

% Specify frame info of UAV with respect to scene
egoPose = read(egoUAV);
sensorTransformParameters(2) = struct('Frame','Rectangular',...
    'OriginPosition', egoPose(1:3),...
    'OriginVelocity', egoPose(4:6),...
    'Orientation', rotmat(quaternion(egoPose(10:13)),'Frame'),...

radarPHDconfig = trackingSensorConfiguration(radar.SensorIndex,...
    'IsValidTime', true,...
    'SensorResolution', sensorResolution,...
    'ClutterDensity', Kc,...
    'SensorTransformParameters', sensorTransformParameters);

radarPHDconfig.FilterInitializationFcn = @initRadarFilter;

radarPHDconfig.MinDetectionProbability = 0.4;

% Threshold for partitioning
threshold = [3 16];
tracker = trackerPHD('TrackerIndex',1,...
    'AssignmentThreshold',50,...% Minimum negative log-likelihood of a detection cell to add birth components
    'ExtractionThreshold',0.80,...% Weight threshold of a filter component to be declared a track
    'ConfirmationThreshold',0.99,...% Weight threshold of a filter component to be declared a confirmed track
    'MergingThreshold',50,...% Threshold to merge components
    'DeletionThreshold',0.1,...% Threshold to delete components
    'LabelingThresholds',[1.01 0.01 0],...% This translates to no track-splitting. Read LabelingThresholds help
    'PartitioningFcn',@(dets) partitionDetections(dets, threshold(1),threshold(2),'Distance','euclidean'));

initRadarfilter implements the GGIW-PHD filter used by the trackerPHD object. This filter is used during a tracker update to initialize new birth components in the density and to initialize new components from detection partitions.

function phd = initRadarFilter (detectionPartition)

if nargin == 0

    % Process noise
    sigP = 0.2;
    sigV = 1;
    Q = diag([sigP, sigV, sigP, sigV, sigP, sigV].^2);

    phd = ggiwphd(zeros(6,0),repmat(eye(6),[1 1 0]),...
        'MeasurementFcn', @cvmeas,...
        'MeasurementJacobianFcn', @cvmeasjac,...
        'PositionIndex', [1 3 5],...
        'ExtentRotationFcn', @(x,dT)eye(3,class(x)),...
        'HasAdditiveMeasurementNoise', true,...
        'StateTransitionFcn', @constvel,...
        'StateTransitionJacobianFcn', @constveljac);

else %nargin == 1
    % ------------------
    % 1) Configure Gaussian mixture
    % 2) Configure Inverse Wishart mixture
    % 3) Configure Gamma mixture
    % -----------------

    %% 1) Configure Gaussian mixture
    meanDetection = detectionPartition{1};
    n = numel(detectionPartition);

    % Collect all measurements and measurement noises.
    allDets = [detectionPartition{:}];
    zAll = horzcat(allDets.Measurement);
    RAll = cat(3,allDets.MeasurementNoise);

    % Specify mean noise and measurement
    z = mean(zAll,2);
    R = mean(RAll,3);
    meanDetection.Measurement = z;
    meanDetection.MeasurementNoise = R;

    % Parse mean detection for position and velocity covariance.
    [posMeas,velMeas,posCov] = matlabshared.tracking.internal.fusion.parseDetectionForInitFcn(meanDetection,'initRadarFilter','double');

    % Create a constant velocity state and covariance
    states = zeros(6,1);
    covariances = zeros(6,6);
    states(1:2:end) = posMeas;
    states(2:2:end) = velMeas;
    covariances(1:2:end,1:2:end) = posCov;
    covariances(2:2:end,2:2:end) = 10*eye(3);

    % process noise
    sigP = 0.2;
    sigV = 1;
    Q = diag([sigP, sigV, sigP, sigV, sigP, sigV].^2);

    %% 2) Configure Inverse Wishart mixture parameters
    % The extent is set to the spread of the measurements in positional-space.
    e = zAll - z;
    Z = e*e'/n + R;
    dof = 150;
    % Measurement Jacobian
    p = detectionPartition{1}.MeasurementParameters;
    H = cvmeasjac(states,p);

    Bk = H(:,1:2:end);
    Bk2 = eye(3)/Bk;
    V = (dof-4)*Bk2*Z*Bk2';

    % Configure Gamma mixture parameters such that the standard deviation
    % of the number of detections is n/4
    alpha = 16; % shape
    beta = 16/n; % rate

    phd = ggiwphd(...
        ... Gaussian parameters
        'HasAdditiveMeasurementNoise' ,true,...
        'MeasurementFcn', @cvmeas,...
        'MeasurementJacobianFcn' , @cvmeasjac,...
        'StateTransitionFcn', @constvel,...
        'StateTransitionJacobianFcn' , @constveljac,...
        'PositionIndex'  ,[1 3 5],...
        'ExtentRotationFcn' , @(x,dT) eye(3),...
        ... Inverse Wishart parameters
        ... Gamma parameters


formatPHDTracks formats the elliptical GGIW-PHD tracks into rectangular augmented state tracks for track fusion. convertExtendedTrack returns state and state covariance of the augmented rectangular state. The Inverse Wishart random matrix eigen values are used to derive rectangular box dimensions. The eigen vectors provide the orientation quaternion. In this example, you use an arbitrary covariance for radar track dimension and orientation, which is often sufficient for tracking.

function tracksout = formatPHDTracks(tracksin)
% Convert track struct from ggiwphd to objectTrack with state definition
% [x y z vx vy vz L W H q0 q1 q2 q3]
N = numel(tracksin);
tracksout = repmat(objectTrack,N,1);
for i=1:N
    tracksout(i) = objectTrack(tracksin(i));
    [state, statecov] = convertExtendedTrack(tracksin(i));
    tracksout(i).State = state;
    tracksout(i).StateCovariance = statecov;

function [state, statecov] = convertExtendedTrack(track)
% Augment the state with the extent information

extent = track.Extent;
[V,D] = eig(extent);
% Choose L > W > H. Use 1.5 sigma as the dimension
[dims, idx] = sort(1.5*sqrt(diag(D)),'descend');
V = V(:,idx);
q = quaternion(V,'rotmat','frame');
q = q./norm(q);
[q1, q2, q3, q4] = parts(q);
state = [track.State; dims(:); q1 ; q2 ; q3 ; q4 ];
statecov = blkdiag(track.StateCovariance, 4*eye(3), 4*eye(4));


updateRadarTracker updates the radar tracking chain. The function first reads the current radar returns. Then the radar returns are passed to the GGIW-PHD tracker after updating its sensor configuration with the current pose of the ego drone.

function [radardets, radarTracks, inforadar] = updateRadarTracker(radar,radarPHD, egoPose, time)
[~,~,radardets, ~, ~] = read(radar); % isUpdated and time outputs are not compatible with this workflow
inforadar = [];
if mod(time,1) ~= 0
    radardets = {};
if mod(time,1) == 0 && (isLocked(radarPHD) || ~isempty(radardets))
    % Update radar sensor configuration for the tracker
    configs = radarPHD.SensorConfigurations;
    configs{1}.SensorTransformParameters(2).OriginPosition = egoPose(1:3);
    configs{1}.SensorTransformParameters(2).OriginVelocity = egoPose(4:6);
    configs{1}.SensorTransformParameters(2).Orientation = rotmat(quaternion(egoPose(10:13)),'frame');
    [radarTracks,~,~,inforadar] = radarPHD(radardets,configs,time);
elseif isLocked(radarPHD)
    radarTracks = predictTracksToTime(radarPHD,'confirmed', time);
    radarTracks = arrayfun(@(x) setfield(x,'UpdateTime',time), radarTracks);
    radarTracks = objectTrack.empty;

updateLidarTracker updates the lidar tracking chain. The function first reads the current point cloud output from the lidar sensor. Then the point cloud is processed to extract object detections. Finally, these detections are passed to the point target tracker.

function [lidardets, lidarTracks,nonGroundCloud, groundCloud] = updateLidarTracker(lidar, lidarDetector,lidarJPDA, egoPose)
[~, time, ptCloud] = read(lidar);
% lidar is always updated
[lidardets,nonGroundCloud, groundCloud] = lidarDetector(egoPose, ptCloud,time);
if isLocked(lidarJPDA) || ~isempty(lidardets)
    lidarTracks = lidarJPDA(lidardets,time);
    lidarTracks = objectTrack.empty;

initLidarFilter initializes the filter for the lidar tracker. The initial track state is derived from the detection position measurement. Velocity is set to 0 with a large covariance to allow future detections to be associated to the track. Augmented state motion model, measurement functions, and Jacobians are also defined here.

function ekf = initLidarFilter(detection)

% Lidar measurement: [x y z L W H q0 q1 q2 q3]
meas = detection.Measurement;
initState = [meas(1);0;meas(2);0;meas(3);0; meas(4:6);meas(7:10) ];
initStateCovariance = blkdiag(100*eye(6), 100*eye(3), eye(4));

% Process noise standard deviations
sigP = 1;
sigV = 2;
sigD = 0.5; % Dimensions are constant but partially observed
sigQ = 0.5;

Q = diag([sigP, sigV, sigP, sigV, sigP, sigV, sigD, sigD, sigD, sigQ, sigQ, sigQ, sigQ].^2);

ekf = trackingEKF('State',initState,...

function stateOut = augmentedConstvel(state, dt)
% Augmented state for constant velocity
stateOut = constvel(state(1:6,:),dt);
stateOut = vertcat(stateOut,state(7:end,:));
% Normalize quaternion in the prediction stage
idx = 10:13;
qparts = stateOut(idx,:);
n = sqrt(sum(qparts.^2));
qparts = qparts./n;
stateOut(idx,qparts(1,:)<0) = -qparts(:,qparts(1,:)<0);

function jacobian = augmentedConstvelJac(state,varargin)
jacobian = constveljac(state(1:6,:),varargin{:});
jacobian = blkdiag(jacobian, eye(7));

function measurements = augmentedCVmeas(state)
measurements = cvmeas(state(1:6,:));
measurements = [measurements; state(7:9,:); state(10:13,:)];

function jacobian = augmentedCVmeasJac(state,varargin)
jacobian = cvmeasjac(state(1:6,:),varargin{:});
jacobian = blkdiag(jacobian, eye(7));

sensorCoverage constructs sensor coverage configuration structures for visualization.

function [radarcov,lidarcov] = sensorCoverage(radarSensor, lidar)
radarcov = coverageConfig(radarSensor);
% Scale down coverage to limit visual clutter
radarcov.Range = 10;
lidarSensor = lidar.SensorModel;
lidarcov = radarcov;
lidarcov.Index = 2;
lidarcov.FieldOfView = [diff(lidarSensor.AzimuthLimits); diff(lidarSensor.ElevationLimits)];
lidarcov.Range = 5;
lidarcov.Orientation = quaternion(lidar.MountingAngles,'eulerd','ZYX','frame');

logTargetTruth logs true pose and dimensions throughout the simulation for performance analysis.

function logEntry = logTargetTruth(targets)
n = numel(targets);
targetPoses = repmat(struct('Position',[],'Velocity',[],'Dimension',[],'Orientation',[]),1,n);
uavDimensions = [5 5 0.3 ; 9.8 8.8 2.8; 5 5 0.3];
for i=1:n
    pose = read(targets(i));
    targetPoses(i).Position = pose(1:3);
    targetPoses(i).Velocity = pose(4:6);
    targetPoses(i).Dimension = uavDimensions(i,:);
    targetPoses(i).Orientation = pose(10:13);
    targetPoses(i).PlatformID = i;
logEntry = targetPoses;

metricDistance defines a custom distance for GOSPA. This distance incorporates errors in position, velocity, dimension, and orientation of the tracks.

function out = metricDistance(track,truth)
positionIdx = [1 3 5];
velIdx = [2 4 6];
dimIdx = 7:9;
qIdx = 10:13;

trackpos = track.State(positionIdx);
trackvel = track.State(velIdx);
trackdim = track.State(dimIdx);
trackq = quaternion(track.State(qIdx)');

truepos = truth.Position;
truevel = truth.Velocity;
truedim = truth.Dimension;
trueq = quaternion(truth.Orientation);

errpos = truepos(:) - trackpos(:);
errvel = truevel(:) - trackvel(:);
errdim = truedim(:) - trackdim(:);

% Weights expressed as inverse of the desired accuracy
posw = 1/0.2; %m^-1
velw = 1/2; % (m/s) ^-1
dimw = 1/4; % m^-1
orw = 1/20; % deg^-1

distPos = sqrt(errpos'*errpos);
distVel = sqrt(errvel'*errvel);
distdim = sqrt(errdim'*errdim);
distq = rad2deg(dist(trackq, trueq));

out = (distPos * posw + distVel * velw + distdim * dimw + distq * orw)/(posw + velw + dimw + orw);


  1. "Puck Lidar Sensor - Velodyne." Accessed July 13, 2023.

  2. "UAS Ground Radar - Echodyne." Accessed July 13, 2023.

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