[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] IROS 2017 Workshop on Vision-based Agile Autonomous Navigation of UAVs

loiannog loiannog at seas.upenn.edu
Mon May 22 10:01:35 PDT 2017

Dear Colleagues,

we are please to announce the full day Workshop "Vision-based Agile 
Autonomous Navigation of UAVs" to be held at IROS 2017 in Vancouver, 
Canada on Thursday, September 28, 2017

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IROS 2017 Workshop: September 28, 2017 in Vancouver (Canada), during the 
IROS 2017 conference

The workshop will feature invited and contributed talks and live demo! 
Additionally, it will feature an industrial session with the 
participation of 5 companies, such as Qualcomm, DJI, Microsoft, Terabee 
and SSCI!

------------------ Motivation & Goal ------------------
Autonomous micro helicopters are starting to play a major role in tasks 
like search and rescue, environment monitoring, security surveillance, 
transportation and inspection. However, for such operations, two main 
challenges arise. The use GPS based navigation is not sufficient. Fully 
autonomous operation in cities or other dense indoor and outdoor 
environments requires micro helicopters to fly at low altitudes, where 
GPS signals are often shadowed or absent. In addition, during the 
previous mentioned tasks, agile motions are still not possible, 
compromising the execution of critical missions. These should be 
typically accomplished in a fast and agile manner and within a limited 
amount of time. Thus, several perception and control challenges have 
still to be addressed and solved. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) should 
be able to fly autonomously with agility in extreme navigation 
conditions guaranteeing robust high rate state estimation for closed 
loop control. The operating conditions of agile navigation require that 
the aerial vehicles should exhibit during flight, despite their 
underactuation, smooth motions at high speeds concurrently tolerating 
large and sudden changes in accelerations and angular rotations (>800 
deg/s), while avoiding collisions with obstacles. Perception, mechanics, 
state estimation, environment reconstruction, obstacle avoidance, 
planning algorithms and computation are required to support during 
navigation these operating conditions over long ranges and short times 
and scales. This workshop will focus not only on the scientific 
foundations, but also the algorithmic and software design challenges, 
which arise in the settings of small-scale, agile navigation in 
three-dimensional environments.
The workshop will feature, in addition to contributed and invited talks, 
real-time demos provided both from academia and industry actively 
working in this field.

------------------ Call for Papers--------------
The paper version should be a 4-page extended abstract 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 presented at the workshop.

------------------IMPORTANT DATES--------------
- Submission deadline of extended abstracts 4 pages IROS style: July 14, 
- Notification of acceptance: August 5, 2017
- Submission of final version: August 15, 2017
- Workshop: September 28, 2017 Vancouver Convention Center

Topics covered will be:
-Agile autonomous navigation of UAVs
-High-speed visual control and state estimation of aerial vehicles
-Long term and range perception for UAVs without GPS
-Sensor fusion for autonomous navigation in unstructured environment
-System software and hardware architectures
-Mapping and Obstacle avoidance
-Perception in challenging and dynamic environments
-Modeling and benchmarking of performances for three-dimensional 
-Dynamic visual servo control of aerial vehicles
-Cooperative estimation and control with multiple aerial vehicles
-Resource constrained navigation
-Field robotics
-Search and rescue robotics

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 
website, 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 presented at the 

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
Research Scientist
University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Giuseppe Loianno
Research Scientist and Team leader
University of Pennsylvania
Main organizer of the workshop IROS 2016 in Korea
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