[robotics-worldwide] CFP: IROS'13 workshop on Vision-based Closed-Loop Control and Navigation of Micro Helicopters in GPS-denied Environments

Davide Scaramuzza scaramuzza.davide at gmail.com
Thu Aug 15 13:39:16 PDT 2013

Call for papers and Demos

IROS'13 Workshop on "Vision-based Closed-Loop Control and Navigation of 
Micro Helicopters in GPS-denied Environments"

November 7th, (full day) 2013, Tokyo Big Sight, Japan

Webpage: http://rpg.ifi.uzh.ch/IROS13workshop.html

September 1, 2013: Paper and Demo submission deadline
September 15, 2013: Notification of acceptance
November 7, 2013 (full day): Workshop date

• Davide Scaramuzza, University of Zurich, Switzerland
• Friedrich Fraundorfer, TU Munich, Germany
• Robert Mahony, The Australian National University, Australia
• Vijay Kumar, University of Pennsylvania, USA

As of today, perception and control are still often studied separately. 
Several research labs around the world have built flying-robot testbeds, 
where multiple quadrotors demonstrate impressive acrobatics and perform 
cooperative tasks. However, these systems work under the glowing eyes of 
motion-capture systems. They are robust, reliable, and allow researchers 
to focus on control strategies, ignoring the issues of perception. 
However, for truly autonomous navigation, onboard sensors are the only 
viable solution. Laser range finders are robust, accurate and reliable, 
regardless of most environment conditions, although they are still too 
heavy, cumbersome, and consume too much power. Kinect-like depth sensors 
are becoming more common in the aerial-robot community, although they 
are still limited to indoor environments and have restricted field of 
view. Passive vision sensors, such as monocular or stereo systems, have 
proved to be an ideal complement to range sensors and some 
autonomous-flight demonstrations have recently been achieved using just 

The goal of this workshop is to bring together state-of-the-art research 
in the area of closed-loop control and navigation of micro helicopters 
in indoor and outdoor GPS-denied environments using passive and active 
vision sensors (monocular, stereo, RGB-D) as the main sensory modality.

The workshop will feature invited talks from recognized experts in the 
field, peer-reviewed paper presentations, and live demos.

• Control and estimation
• Motion planning
• Modeling and benchmarking of performance for three-dimensional navigation
• Dynamic image-based visual servoing and control
• Cooperative estimation and control with multiple aerial vehicles.
• Control issues with vision sensors (e.g., low sampling rate, 
high-latency sensing, etc.)
• Visual odometry, structure from motion, and visual SLAM
• Field experiments
• Search and rescue robotics experiences

All submitted papers will be reviewed by at least two international 
experts (see Program Committee Member list below) on the basis of 
technical quality, relevance, significance, and clarity.
We accept extended abstracts (2-4 pages), experiences reports (2-4 
pages), or full research papers (up to 6 pages).
We also encourage submission of live demos and working systems (up to 2 
All workshop papers should be submitted electronically in PDF format by 
Email to scaramuzza (dot) applications (at) ieee (dot) org using 
"IROS'13 Workshop submission" as Email subject and the IEEE US letter 

• Marc Pollefeys, ETH Zurich
• Anibal Ollero, University of Seville, Spain
• Paolo Robuffo Giordano, CNRS, France
• Roland Siegwart & Markus Achtelik, ETH Zurich
• Peter Corke, Queensland University of Technology
• Larry Matthies, NASA/JPL

• Jonathan Kelly, MIT
• Sebastian Scherer, CMU
• Margarita Chli, ETH Zurich
• Stephan Weiss, NASA/JPL
• Marc Pollefeys, ETH Zurich
• Simon Lacroix, CNRS
• Andreas Wendel, TU Graz/Google
• Paolo Robuffo Giordano, CNRS
• Juergen Sturm, TU Munich


Prof. Dr. Davide Scaramuzza
Head of the Robotics and Perception Group: http://rpg.ifi.uzh.ch
Leader of the European project sFly: www.sfly.org
Artificial Intelligence Lab
University of Zurich, Andreasstrasse 15, AND 2.28, Zurich, Swizterland
Office: +41 44 635 2409
Personal webpage:   https://sites.google.com/site/scarabotix

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