[robotics-worldwide] [Meetings] Call for Participation: Summer School on Autonomous Micro Aerial Vehicles

Sven Behnke behnke at cs.uni-bonn.de
Sun May 31 08:02:25 PDT 2015

Call for Participation
TRADR Summer School on Autonomous Micro Aerial Vehicles
              August 24th-28th, 2015
     Birlinghoven Castle, Sankt Augustin, Germany

* Abstract:
Micro aerial vehicles (MAV) such as multicopters have
become a popular research tool in recent years and are
used in an increasing number of application domains, e.g.,
aerial photography and inspection tasks. Most MAVs are
remotely controlled or follow GNSS waypoints in obstacle-
free heights. Many tasks require navigation in complex 3D
environments, close to obstacles, however. Hence, the
degree of autonomy of the MAVs must be increased.
The objective of the school is to give students deep
insights into the currently leading approaches to 3D
environment perception, mapping, navigation planning, and
control of autonomous MAVs. Lectures by internationally
leading experts will provide the necessary theoretical
background for hands-on exercises with MAVs.

* The program is based on three pillars:

- Theory: Ranging from state estimation based on multimodal
sensors and environment mapping by cameras and laser
scanners over control of dynamic flight, obstacle
avoidance, navigation planning, and exploration to contact
with the environment and aerial manipulation.

- Case studies: Leading micro aerial systems for research
on autonomy such as Ascending Technologies Firefly, the
“Mapping on Demand” and InventAIRy copters of University
of Bonn, the multirotors developed at CMU, the aerial
manipulators of University of Seville, and the DelFly
flapping wing MAVs of TU Delft will be presented.

- Practical exercises: Students will apply the theory in
hands-on tutorials. Ascending Technologies will provide
sensor equipped Firefly copters for these. Participants
are encouraged to also bring their own micro aerial
vehicles. Space for indoor and outdoor experiments with
autonomous micro aerial vehicles will be available.

* Speakers:
- Michael Achtelik, Ascending Technologies, Germany
- Gabriel Agamennoni, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
- Daniel Cremers, TU Munich, Germany
- Guido C. H. E. de Croon, TU Delft, Netherlands
- Aníbal Ollero, University of Sevilla, Spain
- Sebastian Scherer, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
- Angela Schoellig, University of Toronto, Canada
- Cyrill Stachniss, University of Bonn, Germany

* Application for participation:
The number of participants is limited.
Interested researchers and students need to apply by June 20th.
For more information and application submission please visit:

* Organizers:
- Sven Behnke, University of Bonn / Fraunhofer IAIS
- Hartmut Surmann, Hochschule Westfalen / Fraunhofer IAIS
- Rainer Worst, Fraunhofer IAIS

* Acknowledgment:
The school is supported by the EU FP7 ICT project TRADR
“Long-term Human-Robot Teaming for Robot Assisted Disaster
Response”, grant agreement no. 60963.

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