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

Giuseppe Loianno loiannog at seas.upenn.edu
Mon Sep 18 06:48:46 PDT 2017

Dear Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to participate in the Workshop "Vision-based 
Agile Autonomous Navigation of UAVs" to be held at IROS'2017 in 
Vancouver, Canada on Thursday, September 28, 2017, 08:15-18:00, Room 

We have an impressive line of speakers with a large variety of topics 

The tentative program is now available

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The workshop will feature invited and contributed talks by top 
researchers in the field and live demo! Additionally, it will feature 
the participation of 5 companies, such as Qualcomm, DJI, Microsoft, 
Terabee and SSCI.
A special issue of Journal of Field Robotics has been arranged.

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.

Topics covered will be:
- Agile autonomous navigation of UAVs
- High-speed visual control and state estimation of aerial vehicles
- Sensor fusion
- Motion planning
- Obstacle avoidance
- Modeling and benchmarking of performances for three-dimensional 
- Dynamic visual servo control of aerial vehicles
- Cooperative estimation and control with multiple aerial vehicles
- Field robotics
- Search and rescue robotics

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 UAVs Agile-Navigation workshop IROS 2017 in Canada
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