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Manuscripts should describe original and previously unpublished results which are currently not considered for publication in any other journal.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.  

IPC Committee at the 2017 25th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation

The Mediterranean Control Association and the Organising Committee of the 25th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation have the pleasure of inviting you to participate in MED 2017 to be held on the 3-6 July 2017 in Valletta, Malta. The conference will include tutorials and workshops, a technical program of presentations, and keynote lectures covering a wide range of topics on systems, automation, robotics and control including theory, hardware, software, communication technologies and applications. MED 2017 offers a great opportunity for academics, researchers and industrial players working in control and automation to socialise and network together, present their research progress and address new challenges in the field. MED 2017 is technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Control Systems Society and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.


Special Track at the 12th International Symposium on Visual Computing (ISVC'16)

Co-organizing a special track at the 12th International Symposium on Visual Computing, at Las Vegas, Nevada in December 12-14, 2016. The session is entitled "Advancing Autonomy for Aerial Robotics" and more information can be found here:

Scope Aerial robots are currently at the forefront of robotic research and have managed to raise great interest within our societies. Market estimates predict a –wider than ever expected– vast integration of such technologies in a variety of commercial and professional applications. Enabling factors for this trend are the miniaturization and great cost reduction of the enabling technologies, in combination with the dazzling progress in the fields of modeling and aerodynamics, pioneering mechanical design, avionics, advanced motion control, machine learning, sensing and estimation, computer vision, path planning, decision–making and autonomous behaviors, distributed, networked and multi–agent systems, as well as human–robot interaction. Within this special track, we aim to investigate and discuss what is still missing towards achieving advanced navigational and operational autonomy for aerial robots. Towards a productive event, we welcome papers from all the relevant scientific fields and disciplines, solid contributions or promising preliminary results that break new ground and try to advance, robustify and increase the reliability of aerial robots. Furthermore, we invite application–oriented papers that present new methods and solutions towards the goal of integrating aerial robotics as a new class of intelligent agents able to support our collective societal needs.