Temporal synchronization of radar and lidar streams

D. Aledo Ortega, T. Manjunath, R.T. Rajan, Darek Maksimiuk, T.G.R.M. van Leuken

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In multi-sensor systems, several sensors produce data streams, commonly, at different frequencies. If they are let running wild without synchronization, after a period of time, they are likely to be disordered, presenting as simultaneous measures that have been recorded at different times. That can be disastrous in many data fusion applications. This paper is about their temporal synchronization and ordering, so they can be coherently fused. Some sensors do not have timestamps from which order the streams, and even if they have, they may be not trustable for different reasons. First, we define mathematically the problem of multi-sensor data stream synchronization. Then, we handle the problem of estimating the actual time of sensor measurement using mean or median filters. Next, we address the issue of reconstructing incoming sensor data streams according to the estimated sensor measurement times while maintaining minimal latency and synchronization error by employing an adaptive stream buffering technique utilized in distributed multimedia systems. In order to test our methods, we have recorded an easy-to-use dataset with a radar and a lidar sensors without timestamps. We define a synchronization event that is easily identifiable by a human annotator in both sensor streams. From this dataset, a suitable filter for timestamp estimation is selected, and an analysis of the effects of the stream synchronization algorithm’s parameters on buffering latency and synchronization error is presented. Finally, the solution is efficiently implemented on a FPGA
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication42nd WIC Symposium on Information Theory and Signal Processing in the Benelux (SITB 2022)
EditorsJérôme Louveaux, François Quitin
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event42nd WIC Symposium on Information Theory and Signal Processing in the Benelux - Louvain la Neuve, Belgium
Duration: 1 Jun 20222 Jun 2022
Conference number: 42


Conference42nd WIC Symposium on Information Theory and Signal Processing in the Benelux
Abbreviated titleSITB 2022
CityLouvain la Neuve


  • multi-sensor
  • Synchronization


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