[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] IROS 2014 Workshop on Aerial Open Source Robotics

Achtelik Markus markus.achtelik at mavt.ethz.ch
Tue Jun 3 06:21:55 PDT 2014


IROS 2014 Workshop on Aerial Open Source Robotics, September 14th, 2014,
http://pixhawk.org/iros2014, Chicago, Illinois


Extended abstracts deadline:    June 27th, 2014
Notification of Acceptance:     July 11th, 2014
Final submission:               August 29th, 2014
Workshop at IROS 2014:          September 14th, 2014


With ever increasing levels of autonomy and system complexity, open source
collaboration has become an important factor in robotics research. Whether
structured in an environment with managed software packages like ROS or by
simply sharing code as ZIP file on the personal website of a researcher,
the ability to push the boundaries of autonomous robots often depends on
the availability of existing work to build upon.

Open source robotics has been well-established in ground robotics. As
aerial robotics is moving from tackling relatively self-contained
navigation tasks like the flight in GPS denied environments towards
addressing dynamic scenes and more challenging dynamic obstacles, open
source is equally important in this field.

This workshop is providing participants a solid overview of the current
state of the art in aerial robotics research. It will also provide an
overview of open source solutions ranging from SLAM packages for onboard
companion computers to better motor controllers for multi-rotors.

Participants have the opportunity to provide direct feedback on desired
hardware and software features to core developers of some popular ROS
aerial robotics stacks and autopilots.


The workshop aims to spark discussion with talks from invited speakers,
contributed talks, and an interactive session. Main discussion points for
this workshop include:

- Where can robotics research benefit from open source development models
  and the non-research open source community?
- What are the best open source systems to explore or use for a particular
- How can I contribute to these projects? How do open source projects
- What would be potential benefits if I publish my work as open source?
  What are legal pitfalls and downsides?

We are soliciting two types of contributions:

- Extended abstracts (2 pages) for oral presentation
- Extended abstracts (2 pages) for interactive presentations

Submissions for oral presentations will in a second round also be
considered for interactive presentations. Submissions should be
submitted via email using the following address:

aerial_open_source_workshop at inf.ethz.ch


Suitable contributions should be open sourced under a license endorsed by
the open source initiative at the latest on the workshop date.
Contributions should have known applications in the aerial robotics
domain, but can themselves be general open source frameworks.

- Visual Perception / Mapping / SLAM
- Estimation and Control
- Machine Learning
- Operating Systems and Middleware
- Autopilot designs
- Sensor nodes
- Actuators
- Communication Systems
- Human Computer Interaction


Lorenz Meier
ETH Zürich - Computer Vision and Geometry Group
lm at inf.ethz.ch

Markus Achtelik
ETH Zürich - Autonomous Systems Lab
markus.achtelik at mavt.ethz.ch

Brandon Basso
3D Robotics - Director of Research and Development
brandon at 3drobotics.com

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