The workshop on October 2nd includes presentations and live demos from the top drone leaders of the world -- from NASA, to Universities, and Industry.
Autonomous micro Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAVs) start to play an important role in tasks like search and rescue, environment monitoring, security surveillance, transportation and inspection. However, to deal with such operations, GPS based navigation is not sufficient. Small scale size vehicles have to fast and autonomously navigate in narrow outdoor and indoor environments, in cities or other dense environments and able to actively explore unknown areas while avoiding collisions and creating maps. This involves a number of perception and control challenges that still have to be solved. This workshop will address UAVs navigation solutions in GPS denied environments and the algorithmic and software design challenges that arise in the settings of small-scale, fast navigation in three-dimensional environments.
This full-day workshop at IROS '15 brings together researchers from academia and industry in the area of closed-loop control and navigation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles working in indoor and outdoor GPS-denied environments, using passive 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 heterogeneours audience in terms of expertise and interests. While most previous workshops have attempted to address the fundamental problems of perception, control and communication for aerial vehicles, this workshop will instead focus on the systems challenges for small-scale, fast vehicles where the size, weight and payload constraints only allow light-weight sensors like cameras, and the operating conditions of high speeds require perception over longer ranges and shorter time scales.