[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CFP: ICRA2015 workshop on Recent Advances in Sensing and Actuation for Bioinspired Agile Flight

Kristi Morgansen morgansen at aa.washington.edu
Mon Apr 20 21:53:01 PDT 2015

Dear Colleagues,

It is our please to invite you to participate in the half-day workshop on
"Recent Advances in Sensing and Actuation for Bioinspired Agile Flight"
which will be held on Saturday May 30, 1:30pm - 5:00pm at ICRA 2015, at the
Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington, USA.  Please
find the find workshop information below.

The workshop will include a poster session to which you are invited to
submit a two-page abstract to morgansen at aa.washington.edu.

Please use the typical IEEE conference format, available here:

The submissions will undergo a review by the organizers to assess the quality
and relevance to the workshop.

Abstract submissions:  Friday May 1
Acceptance notification:  Tuesday May 5

Workshop Background
In engineered systems, sensors are typically complex in terms of
computational requirements, weight and physical design and have typically
been designed to provide data on individual quantities with high density.
Conversely, biological systems employ a high number of simple sensors that
provide data for limited portions of a quantity of interest and which must
be fused across both spatial and time scales. These biological systems
demonstrate the ability to fly effectively in highly cluttered environments
such as under the forest canopy, safely land on variable and moving terrain
(e.g. branches or vertical walls), operate with highly variable lighting
and acoustic conditions, and achieve desired behaviors in the presence of
extreme environmental perturbations such as wind and adversaries.  During
the past several years, interdisciplinary collaborations between engineers,
computer scientists and biologists have been focused on developing tools
and processes for translating biological capabilities for agile flight in
dynamic, complex and unknown environments to appropriate designs and
algorithms for engineered flight vehicles.  The intent of this workshop is
to bring together members of academia, industry and the government to
discuss state-of-the-art, recent developments, open problems and next

The format of the workshop will be a mix of technical presentations that
will include tutorial elements to ensure engagement of nonexperts in each
of the topics, open discussion and poster presentations.  Desired outcomes
of the workshop will be broader connections and use of the tools between
academia and industry, new interdisciplinary collaborations between
participants and long-term participation in this area from students and
young researchers.

The speakers for the technical presentations are primarily drawn from the
membership of two ONR Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative
projects funded in 2010 on the topic of “Provably-Safe Perception-Based
Control for Autonomous UAS Operations around Complex, Unstructured
Terrain”.  Posters will be solicited broadly from the academic and
industrial communities in engineering (particularly UAS), computer science
and biology.

- biological sensing (vision, mechanosensing, auditory) at short and
extended temporal and spatial scales
- data collection and distillation in laboratory and field settings
- trajectory planning in biological and engineered flight at different time
scales (reactionary versus deliberative)
- integration of sensing and motion planning
- optimization
- provable methods

Kristi Morgansen, University of Washington
Russ Tedrake, MIT

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