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.