[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for papers: IROS 2015 Workshop on Vision-based Control and Navigation of Small, Light-Weight UAVs

loiannog loiannog at seas.upenn.edu
Wed Jul 1 16:44:31 PDT 2015

IROS 2015 Full-Day Workshop on


Website: http://www.seas.upenn.edu/~loiannog/workshopIROS2015uav/

IROS 2015 Workshop: October 2, 2015 in Hamburg (Germany), during the 
IROS 2015 conference

------------------ DESCRIPTION ------------------
Autonomous micro Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAVs) start to play an 
important role in tasks like search and rescue, environment monitoring, 
security surveillance, transportation and inspection. However, to deal 
with such operations, GPS based navigation is not sufficient. Small 
scale size vehicles have to fast and autonomously navigate in narrow 
outdoor and indoor  environments, in cities or other dense environments 
and able to actively explore unknown areas while avoiding collisions and 
creating maps. This involves a number of perception and control 
challenges that still have to be solved. This workshop will address UAVs 
navigation solutions in GPS denied environments and the algorithmic and 
software  design challenges that arise in the settings of small-scale, 
fast navigation in three-dimensional environments.

This full-day workshop at IROS 2015 brings together researchers from 
academia and industry in the area of closed-loop control and navigation 
of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles  working in indoor and outdoor GPS-denied 
environments, using passive vision sensors as the main sensory modality. 
The convergence of the consumer electronics industry and the robotics 
industry has opened up opportunities and solutions that did not exist a 
few years ago. The interest in this area of research is large and, as 
such, we expect to
have an heterogeneous audience in terms of  expertise and interests. 
While most previous workshops have attempted to address the fundamental 
problems of perception, control and communication for aerial vehicles, 
this workshop will instead focus on the systems challenges for 
small-scale, fast vehicles where the size, weight and payload  
constraints only allow light-weight sensors like cameras, and the 
operating conditions of high speeds require perception over longer 
ranges and shorter time scales.

------------------ CALL FOR PAPERS --------------
The paper version should be <b>4-page extended abstract</b> in pdf 
standard IROS format. Accepted abstracts will be made available on the 
workshop website, and authors will be invited to give a presentation and 
present their work during the poster session.
We are currently exploring the possibility of a journal special issue 
for the best contributions at the workshop.

------------------IMPORTANT DATES--------------
- Submission deadline of extended abstracts 4 pages IROS style: July 24, 
- Notification of acceptance: August 15, 2015
- Submission of final version: August 31, 2015
- Workshop: October 2, 2015 Congress Center Hamburg

Every paper will be reviewed by at least two peers. The selection of
accepted papers will be done by the organizing committee, based on the
reviews. Accepted abstracts will be made available on the workshop 
and authors will be invited to present their works during the 
interactive poster session.
We are currently exploring the possibility of a journal special issue
for the best papers in the workshop.

Dr. Giuseppe Loianno, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Davide Scaramuzza, University of Zurich
Dr. Vijay Kumar, University of Pennsylvania

On behalf of the organizing committee,
Giuseppe Loianno
Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Pennsylvania

Giuseppe Loianno

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