Special Issue: Visual Perception for Micro Aerial Robots

Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems

Special Issue on: “Visual Perception for Micro Aerial Robots”

---- Introduction

During the last decades, aerial robots have emerged from a concept to a leading-edge technology with the enormous potential to become a valuable tool in multiple applications, in terms of human life safety and task execution efficiency. So far, the commercial use of aerial robots is mainly restricted within the photography-filming industry, but its growth is rapid, investing nowadays in applications that require autonomous inspection and environmental interaction. The vision of integrating aerial robotic platforms in the industrial process is in its infancy, with quite a few open challenges remaining. One of the backbone functionalities that these platforms should possess to enable and support such tasks are advanced perception capabilities. Specifically, from a scientific point of view, reliable localization, navigation, mapping and object perception are topics that have received a lot of attention, but still require further developments to reify aerial robot autonomous inspection and physical interaction.

---- Thematic Scope

The purpose of this special issue is to address theoretical and application-oriented problems in the general area of visual perception for micro-aerial robots and to identify and provide key perception solutions that meet the real-time constraints posed by aerial vehicles, following recent advances in computer vision and robotics. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

·   Vision-based control and visual servoing

·   Visual navigation, mapping, and SLAM

·   Cooperative perception using multiple platforms

·   Vision-assisted floating-base manipulation

·   Deep Learning for visual perception

·   Object recognition, tracking, semantic and 3D vision techniques

·   Fusion of vision with other sensing systems, e.g., laser scanner

·   Advanced visual sensors and mechanisms (event-based, solid state sensors,  LiDAR,  RGB-D, time-of-flight cameras, etc.)

·     Aerial robot applications on key enabling perception technologies

·     Model predictive control for vision-based autonomous navigation

·     Reinforcement learning for visual perception

---- Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts should describe original and previously unpublished results which are currently not considered for publication in any other journal. All the manuscripts shall be submitted electronically athttp://www.editorialmanager.com/jint/, and will undergo a peer-review process.

IPC committee at the RSS Pioneers 2018

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RSS Pioneers is a day-long invitation-only workshop for senior graduate students and postdocs, held in conjunction with Robotics: Science and Systems, that seeks to bring together a cohort of the world’s top early career researchers in all areas of robotics. The first annual RSS Pioneers will be held on Monday, June 25, 2018 at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

The goal of RSS Pioneers is to foster collaboration, networking, and professional development among a new generation of robotics researchers. The workshop will include a mix of research and career talks from top scholars in the field, research presentations from attendees, networking activities, and mentoring of junior students as part of the Inclusion@RSS initiative. To facilitate attendance, the workshop will provide partial support for travel and registration for RSS Pioneers and the main RSS 2018 conference. RSS Pioneers is Inspired by the format of the prestigious HRI Pioneers workshop.

For further information please visit: https://sites.google.com/view/rsspioneers2018/

Listed as No. 2 in the most downloaded articles in 2017 for Robotics and Control from Springer

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Our article "Survey on Computer Vision for UAVs: Current Developments and Trends" has been listed as No.2 in the 10 Most Downloaded Articles of Springer in the area of Robotics and Control in 2017. Article Link: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10846-017-0483-z

Full Story here: http://www.springer.com/gp/marketing/highlights-2017/robotics-2017?wt_mc=E-Mail.Newsletter.10.CON741.PhysSciHighlights17_Rob&utm_medium=e-mail&utm_source=newsletter&utm_content=physscihighlights17_rob&utm_campaign=10_hbo2290_physscihighlights17_rob&sap-outbound-id=0D8D32BE91BB13F7A45D0A0768EBEEA70D6EB9BB

Automining 2018 - Technical Program Committee

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Automining 2018 is organized to provide an international forum to meet and discuss recent innovations and developments in control, automation and robotic systems applied in mining and metallurgical operations to reduce costs and increase productivity and safety of operations. The previous version of the Congress was presided by Luis Sánchez, Operations Vice-President, Minera Centinela, Antofagasta Minerals, Chile. The Program had 32 technical presentations, 6 plenary presentations, and 1 discussion panel. More than 140 professionals from 9 countries attended the Congress and among them, 54 were professionals from mining companies.


SIMS - Greening the Economy HORIZON 2020 proposal has been granted.

I am leading the WP on robotics in mining in the newly granted project SIMS - Sustainable Intelligent Mining System, funded by the HORIZON 2020 program H2020-SC5-2016. 

The SIMS project aspires to create a long lasting impact on the way we test and demonstrate new technology and solutions for the mining industry. With a selected consortium ranging from mining companies, equipment and system suppliers to top-class universities, the SIMS project will boost development and innovation through joint activities aiming at creating a sustainable intelligent mining system, test and demonstrate new innovative technologies within the designated consortium, consisting of well developed mining operations, selected due to their maturity regarding innovative technologies, world-leading equipment and system suppliers, highly specialised SMEs and top-class universities.