Prof. Davide Scaramuzza, Assistant Professor of Robotics at the University of Zurich and associate faculty of the newly-founded Zurich Wyss Institute will visit India to give a talk on ‘Towards Agile Flight of Vision-controlled Micro Flying Robots‘. The talk is a continuation of the lecture series on Advanced Robotics and Artificial Intelligence started by swissnex India in 2014.
Abstract of the talk:
Autonomous quadrotors will soon play a major role in search-and-rescue and remote-inspection missions, where a fast response is crucial. Quadrotors have the potential to navigate quickly through unstructured environments, enter and exit buildings through narrow gaps, and fly through collapsed buildings. However, their speed and maneuverability are still far from those of birds. Indeed, agile navigation through unknown, indoor environments poses a number of challenges for robotics research in terms of perception, state estimation, planning, and control. In this talk, I will give an overview of my research activities on visual navigation of quadrotors, from slow navigation (using standard frame-based cameras) to agile flight (using event-based cameras).
17 March – Visit and lecture demonstration at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
19 March – Visit and lecture demonstration at Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad
20 March – Techkriti, annual Techfest of Institute of Technology, Kanpur
Davide Scaramuzza (1980, Italian) is Assistant Professor of Robotics at the University of Zurich and associate faculty of the newly-founded Zurich Wyss Institute. He is founder and director of the Robotics and Perception Group , where he develops cutting-edge research on low-latency vision and visually-guided micro aerial vehicles. He received his PhD (2008) in Robotics and Computer Vision at ETH Zurich (with Roland Siegwart). For his research contributions, he was awarded an ERC Starting Grant (2014) through the SNSF, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Early Career Award (2014), a Google Research Award (2014), the European Young Researcher Award (2012), and the Robotdalen Scientific Award (2009). His research interests are field and service robotics, intelligent vehicles, and computer vision. Specifically, he investigates the use of cameras as the main sensors for robot navigation, mapping, exploration, reasoning, and interpretation. His interests encompass both ground and flying vehicles.