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Over 130+ attendees from industry, international academic partners and students took part in the first ever Aerial Robotics International Research Symposium on June 21-22, 2017.

Prof. Dario Floreano from EPF Lausanne Switzerland and Prof. Dr. Roland Siegwart from ETH Zurich were the featured keynote speakers, sharing their innovative research in the field of UAVs. The event attracted attendees across Canada, from British Columbia, Toronto to Montreal. Ten of the attendees presented their research during our poster session.

    List of Speakers

    Keynote Speakers' Abstract:

    • Dario FloreanoDirector, Laboratory of Intelligent Systems, EPFL, Switzerland
      • Biologically inspired drones
        We are witnessing the advent of a new era of robots — drones — that can autonomously fly in natural and man-made environments. These robots have a major impact on civilian tasks, including transportation, communication, agriculture, disaster mitigation and environment preservation. However, autonomous flight in confined spaces and near humans presents great scientific and technical challenges owing to the energetic cost of staying airborne, to the perceptual intelligence required to negotiate complex environments, and to the safety requirements. Here I will show biologically inspired principles and technologies to improve capability, safety, and use of drones in civilian applications.

    • Roland SiegwartProf. of Autnomous Systems, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

      • Flying Robots – Design and Autonomous Navigation
        While robots are already doing a wonderful job as factory workhorses, they are now gradually appearing in our daily environments and offering their services as autonomous cars, delivery drones, helpers in search and rescue and much more. For fast inspection of complex environments, flying robots are probably the most efficient and versatile devices. However, the limited flight time and payload, as well as the restricted computing power of drones renders autonomous operations quite challenging.

    • Sebastian Scherer - Systems Scientists, RI Carnegie Mellon University 
    • James Richard Forbes - Professor of Mechanical Engineering, McGill University 
    • Jonathan How - Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Stephan Michael Weiss - Professor, Institute of Intelligent System Technologies, Alpen-Adria Universitat 
    • Kamesh Subbarao - Associate Professor, University of Texas Arlington
    • Sanjiv Singh - Research Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
    • Jerome Le Ny - Associate Professor, Polytechnique Montreal

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    Aerial Robotics International Research Symposium

    Wed, Jun 21, 2017, 9:00am - Jun 22, 2017, 5pm
    UofT Medical Science Building, Auditorium
    1 King's College Cir, Toronto, ON M5S 1A1, Canada

    The CARRE International Symposium on Aerial Robotics will feature an outstanding lineup of speakers from academia and industry who will discuss up-to-date research in the field of UAVs.

    Keynote Speakers:

    Dario FloreanoDirector, Laboratory of Intelligent Systems, EPFL, Switzerland

    • Biologically inspired drones
      We are witnessing the advent of a new era of robots — drones — that can autonomously fly in natural and man-made environments. These robots have a major impact on civilian tasks, including transportation, communication, agriculture, disaster mitigation and environment preservation. However, autonomous flight in confined spaces and near humans presents great scientific and technical challenges owing to the energetic cost of staying airborne, to the perceptual intelligence required to negotiate complex environments, and to the safety requirements. Here I will show biologically inspired principles and technologies to improve capability, safety, and use of drones in civilian applications.

    • Prof. Dario Floreano is the Director of the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems, EPF Lausanne. Switzerland. He is also Founding Director of the Swiss National Center of Competence in Robotics, which sponsors almost 60 researchers in wearable, mobile, and educational robots from 20 robotics labs across Switzerland. 

    Roland SiegwartProf. of Autnomous Systems, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

    • Flying Robots – Design and Autonomous Navigation
      While robots are already doing a wonderful job as factory workhorses, they are now gradually appearing in our daily environments and offering their services as autonomous cars, delivery drones, helpers in search and rescue and much more.

      For fast inspection of complex environments, flying robots are probably the most efficient and versatile devices. However, the limited flight time and payload, as well as the restricted computing power of drones renders autonomous operations quite challenging.

      This talk will focus on the design and autonomous navigation of flying robots. Innovative designs of flying systems, from novel concepts of omni-directional multi-copters and blimps to solar airplanes for continuous flights are presented. Recent results of visual navigation including visual-inertial localization and mapping (SLAM) in GPS denied environments are showcased and discussed. This includes a specially developed visual-inertial sensor and appropriate algorithms for real-time on-board SLAM, collision avoidance and global planning.

    • Roland Siegwart is full Professor of Autonomous Systems, ETH Zürich, Switzerland since July 2006 and Founding Co-Director of the Wyss Zürich. From January 2010 to December 2014 he held the office of Vice President Research and Corporate Relations on the Executive Board at ETH Zürich.

    Attendees

    Students: 71
    Industry and Academia: 48

    Poster Session

    10 attendees participated in the poster session presenting topics like:

    • Visual Servoing for Quadrotor Tracking of a Moving Target 
    • Modelling a Quadrotor Vehicle Using a Modular Deep Recurrent Neural Network with State Initialization
    • Hybrid Multi-Level VSLAM for Aerial Vehicles
    • Fly by Wireless
    • Optimal Trajectories for UAV Sensor Self-Calibration
    • Applications for Deploying Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks (MANET) with UAS

    Labs Featured in the UTIAS Lab Tour:

    1. Flight Systems & Control
    2. Flight Simulator
    3. Space and Terrestrial Autonomous Robotics Systems
    4. Multi-Functional Aerospace Structures
    5. Flow Control & Experimental Turbulence
    6. Computational Aerodynamics
    7. Dynamics Systems Lab
    8. Autonomous Space Robotics Lab
    9. DJI
    10. Arrowonics