RoboHub has a good summary of the Multi-UAV conference in Austria earlier this month. It's always interesting to see what the leading academics are working on, and some of the lectures can be seen on the RoboHub site
For some applications, it is beneficial if a team of coordinated UAVs rather than a single UAV is employed. Multiple UAVs can cover a given area faster or take photos from different perspectives at the same time. This emerging technology is still at an early stage and, consequently, profound research and development efforts are needed.
Concept and Program
The Research Days are a special format of workshop. Besides keynote talks given by invited experts from academia and industry, they feature a demonstration session, intensive group work, discussions on technological and business aspects, and social activities for attendees.
The keynotes were as follows:
- Small flying robots: Design and visual navigation
By Roland Siegwart (ETH Zürich)
- Fusion of distributed perception in collaborative visual-SLAM appro...
By Darius Burschka (TU München)
- Exploiting redundancy for reliable aerial computer vision
By Horst Bischof (TU Graz)
- Aerial imaging and wireless communications with multiple autonomous...
By Christian Bettstetter and Evsen Yanmaz (U Klagenfurt and Lakeside Labs)
- Decisional issues in multi-UAV systems
By Simon Lacroix (LAAS/CNRS)
- Slalom racing and flight dances: motion planning, control and learn...
By Angela Schöllig (U Toronto)
- Multi-spectral people detection from UAVs
By Stephen Cameron (Oxford)
A panel with Roland Siegwart, Hermann Hellwagner (Klagenfurt), Phil Charlesworth (EADS), and Michaël Rischmüller (Parrot) discussed business opportunities and start-up ideas of UAV systems.