[robotics-worldwide] Call for Participation: RSS 2011 Workshop on 3D Exploration, Mapping, and Surveillance with Aerial Robots

Nathan Michael nmichael at seas.upenn.edu
Sun Jun 5 13:50:28 PDT 2011

Call for Participation: RSS 2011 Workshop on 3D Exploration, Mapping, and Surveillance with Aerial Robots

Date and Location: 

Friday, July 1, 2011
Grace Ford Salvatori Building, Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA


Aerial robots play an increasingly important role in surveillance and exploration missions in both military and civilian domains, however most currently fielded aerial robots are tele-operated. Fully autonomous aerial robotic systems are within reach, though further research and development is needed. This workshop seeks to bring together theorists and experimentalists in aerial robotics to focus on the topics of exploration, mapping, and surveillance with aerial robots; including 3D SLAM, autonomous exploration, vehicle routing for surveillance, coverage control, and cooperative exploration. The workshop will emphasize the presentation of recent high-quality results in the pertinent areas and will encourage discussions to address the challenges of transitioning from theory to practice in this important and clearly motivated area of research.

Schedule and Titles:

Session 1: Vision for Autonomous Navigation and Place Recognition

• 9:00 - 9:10: Introduction
• 9:10 - 9:30: D. Scaramuzza, Long term autonomous navigation of micro aerial vehicles in GPS-denied environments with on board monocular vision
• 9:30 - 9:50: A. Bachrach and N. Roy, Moving Beyond Lasers: Visual Navigation for Micro Air Vehicles
• 9:50 - 10:10: S. Grzonka, B. Steder, and W. Burgard, 3D Place Recognition and Object Detection using a Small-sized Quadrotor
• 10:10 - 10:30: Discussion
• 10:30 - 10:45: Coffee break

Session 2: Autonomous Mapping, Exploration, and Surveillance

• 10:45 - 11:05: S. Scherer and S. Singh, Perception for a River Mapping Micro Aerial Vehicle
• 11:05 - 11:25: N. Michael, 3D Indoor Exploration with a Computationally Constrained Micro-Aerial Vehicle
• 11:25 - 11:45: S. Sukkarieh, 3D Mapping and Surveillance in Unstructured Outdoor Environments
• 11:45 - 12:05: J. Durrie and E. Frew, Coordinated Persistent Surveillance with Guaranteed Target Bounds
• 12:05 - 13:30: Lunch

Session 3: Deployment Strategies for Persistent Surveillance and Operator Interaction

• 13:30 - 13:50: E. Stump, Solving UAV Persistent Surveillance Planning as a Vehicle Routing Problem
• 13:50 - 14:10: S. Smith, Persistent Tasks for Robots in Changing Environments
• 14:10 - 14:30: P. Robuffo Giordano, Decentralized Bilateral Aerial Teleoperation of Multiple UAVs - Part I: a Bottom-up Perspective
• 14:30 - 14:50: A. Franchi, Decentralized Bilateral Aerial Teleoperation of Multiple UAVs - Part II: a Top-Down Perspective
• 14:50 - 15:10: Discussion
• 15:10 - 15:30: Coffee break

Session 4: Information-based Cooperative Control Toward Multi-Robot Surveillance

• 15:30 - 15:50: H. Huang, M. Vitus, and C. Tomlin, Control and Planning for Complex Scenarios
• 15:50 - 16:10: B. Julian and M. Angermann, Towards a Unifying Information Theoretic Framework for Multi-Robot Exploration and Surveillance
• 16:10 - 16:30: M. Schwager, Multi-Robot Mapping and Exploration of Environments with Hazards
• 16:30 - 17:00: Panel Discussion

Further details are available at: 



Nathan Michael, Mac Schwager, and Vijay Kumar
University of Pennsylvania,
Philadelphia PA

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