[ros-users] [Call for presentations] euRobotics Forum: UAV workshop

Ken Conley kwc at willowgarage.com
Tue Mar 15 16:18:00 UTC 2011

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On Tue, Mar 15, 2011 at 1:35 AM, Steven Bellens <
steven.bellens at mech.kuleuven.be> wrote:

> Dear Colleagues,
> We invite you to participate to the workshop on Unmanned Aerial
> Vehicles at the euRobotics Forum
> (http://www.eurobotics-project.eu/cms/index.php?idcat=40)
> Title:
> UAVs in Europe: state-of-the-art and new trends in UAV autonomy,
> performance, and human assistance.
> Objectives of the workshop:
> To gather the state-of-the-art European researchers working on UAVs to
> share their current activities and build a common vision for the
> future perspective of this field.
> Organisers:
> * KULeuven (Steven Bellens)
> * Università di Bologna (Prof. Lorenzo Marconi)
> Summary:
> This workshop will give the audience an overview of current UAV
> research in Europe: state-of-the-art and new trends in UAV autonomy,
> performance, and human assistance, by a number of short talks followed
> by discussions.
> Presentations:
> We invite you to present any work relevant in the UAV domain in this
> workshop. Presentations are preferrably 10 - 15 mins long followed by
> 5 - 10 mins discussions. Please send us
> (steven.bellens at mech.kuleuven.be - lorenzo.marconi at unibo.it) an
> abstract (10 - 15 lines) about the work you wish to present.
> Deadline: 25/03/2011
> Notice of acceptance: 28/03/2011
> Speakers scheduled already are:
> ---------------------------------------
> * Dr. Paolo Robuffo Giordano
> Affiliation: Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen,
> Germany
> Summary: In our research group, we study new ways to interface humans
> and remote (multi-)robot systems in an effective way by adopting a
> "shared control" perspective. Indeed, it is clear that humans, on one
> side, have higher cognitive skills and superior situational awareness
> while robots, on the other side, possess higher versatility, reliability
> and motion accuracy. It is then interesting to study what is the best
> combination between level of autonomy expected in the robots, and best
> sensory feedback and control leverages needed by the human users to
> create an effective interaction. A good example that illustrates this
> philosophy is probably given by the telepresence/telerobotics scenarios:
> exploit remote robot(s) as an extension, or even an augmentation, of the
> humans' senses and actions.
> In this talk, we will review some of the research activities that our
> group is performing in this context. We will focus on the use of
> vestibular (self-motion) and/or force-feedback feedback in interfacing a
> human operator with remote UAVs. A particular attention will be given to
> the case of force-feedback teleoperation of multiple UAVs. Indeed, this
> situation imposes several challenges: since the human operator cannot
> directly control multiple remote agents, high level of autonomy must be
> demanded to the UAVs. Also, from a technical point of view, establishing
> a teleoperation channel between a single master and multiple remote
> slaves is nontrivial and requires special care. A discussion on
> longer-term research research directions will be presented at the end of
> the talk.
> ---------------------------------------
> * Dr. Lorenzo Marconi
> Title: Modeling and control of a VTOL UAV interacting with the
> environment: from flying vehicles to flying robots
> Abstract: In this talk the modelling, control design and prototyping
> of a Ducted-Fan Miniature Aerial Vehicle interacting with the
> environment is presented. This research activity is carried out in the
> context of the European Project AIRobots (www.airobots.eu) that will
> be briefly presented during the talk.
> The vision is to develop unmanned aerial vehicles capable to
> accomplish tasks which may require contacts between the aerial vehicle
> and the environment such as remote manipulation, docking and flight in
> cluttered environments.
> Since the system's dynamics may be dramatically different when
> contacts happen and when they do not, in the first part of the talk an
> overall description of the system is obtained by collection of the
> different behaviours into a hybrid automaton. For this particular
> class of hybrid dynamical system, a general framework for robust
> control of the system over predefined trajectories is developed and
> subsequently specialized for the case of the Ducted-Fan interacting
> with the environment.
> ---------------------------------------
> * Steven Bellens
> Title: Intelligent task specification for UAVs: Research Overview
> Summary:
> In this talk I will give a brief overview of my research, regarding
> intelligent task specification for quadrotors. The Robotics research
> group at KULeuven succesfully uses iTaSC, an Instantaneous Task
> Specification and estimation formalism using Constraints, for a
> variety of tasks using mobile manipulators. We're aiming at extending
> and applying this task formalism for usage with UAVs in general, and
> quadrotors in particular, also aiming at performing manipulation
> tasks. As those systems dynamics are highly influenced by the
> environment (ground effects, wind gusts, contact forces, ...) new
> control strategies are needed in the framework, especially when
> interaction with the environment is required.
> ---------------------------------------
> You can find all this information as well at
> http://people.mech.kuleuven.be/~u0063509/euRoboticsForum/
> Best regards,
> Steven Bellens
> Lorenzo Marconi
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