[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for Papers & Demos: IROS'15 Workshop on "Vision-based Control and Navigation of Small, Lightweight UAVs"

Davide Scaramuzza scaramuzza.davide at gmail.com
Wed Jul 8 08:26:37 PDT 2015

Call for Papers and Demos


October 2, 2015, Hamburg Congress Center, Hamburg, Germany

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

July 24: Paper and Demo submission deadline
August 15: Notification of acceptance
October 2: Workshop date

• Giuseppe Loianno, University of Pennsylvania, USA
• Davide Scaramuzza, University of Zurich, Switzerland
• Vijay Kumar, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Autonomous micro Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAVs) start to play an 
important role in tasks, such as search and rescue, environment 
monitoring, security surveillance, transportation, and inspection. 
However, to deal with such operations, GPS-based navigation is not 
sufficient. Small-size vehicles have to navigate fast and autonomously 
in narrow outdoor and indoor environments, in cities, or other cluttered 
environments and need to be able to actively explore unknown areas while 
avoiding collisions and creating maps. This involves a number of 
perception and control challenges that still need to be solved. This 
workshop will address UAV navigation solutions in GPS-denied 
environments and the algorithmic and software design challenges that 
arise in the settings of small-scale, fast navigation in 3Denvironments.

Our goal is to bring together researchers from academia and industry in 
the area of closed-loop control and navigation of UAVs in indoor and 
outdoor GPS-denied environments, using 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 aerialvehicles, this workshop will instead focus on 
the systems challenges for small-scale, fast vehicles where the size, 
weight, and payload constraints only allow lightweight sensors like 
cameras, and the operating conditions of high speeds require perception 
over longer ranges and shorter timescales.

The workshop will feature peer-reviewed paper presentations and live demos.

- Visual Control and estimation
- Sensor fusion
- Motion planning
- Modeling and benchmarking of performances for three-dimensional navigation
- Dynamic visual servo control of aerial vehicles
- Cooperative estimation and control with multiple aerial vehicles
- Field robotics
- Search and rescue robotics

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 
through this website: 
All accepted papers will appear on the workshop website.
We are currently exploring the possibility of a journal special issue 
for the best contributions at the workshop.

Dr. Shaojie Shen, HKSUT
Dr. Roberto Naldi, University of Bologna
Dr. Stephan Weiss, NASA/JPL
Dr. Friedrich Fraundorfer, TU Graz
Mr. Serafin Diaz, Qualcomm Research
Dr. Sebastian Scherer, CMU

On behalf of the organizing committee,

Davide Scaramuzza

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