It is my great pleasure to invite all of you to attend the IEEE ICRA 2017 Workshop on Autonomous Structural Monitoring and Maintenance using Aerial Robots.
Aerial robotics have demonstrated their capacity to contribute into structural monitoring and maintenance operations. A large set of projects worldwide contribute into the relevant challenges of control, mapping, planning and task allocation among multi-robot teams, and significant field demonstration activities are on the way. Among others, research groups have evaluated the ability of aerial robotics to perform high-resolution mapping and execute useful work-tasks via means of aerial manipulation.
This workshop addresses aerial robotic technologies for autonomous inspection, monitoring and manipulation for maintenance work-task execution, a growing necessity that demands groundbreaking progress in multiple fields including those of robot localization and mapping, semantics classification, path planning for exploration and inspection, aerial manipulation design and control, as well as multi-robot systems. The workshop consists of a mixture of presentations from invited speakers, lighting talks, overview of a relevant simulation system and live examples, a poster session and round table discussions. Furthermore, adequate time for questions is allocated to enable an interactive experience.
**Topics of interest (indicative but not exclusive)**
* Aerial manipulation control
* Disturbance attenuation and robust control
* Whole-body control
* Multiple-arms aerial manipulation
* Collaborative aerial manipulation
* Dense mapping for inspection operations
* Mapping for aerial manipulation
* Localization and mapping in visually-degraded environments
* Semantic scene understanding
* Collaborative mapping
* Planning for autonomous exploration
* Planning for optimized coverage
* Planning under uncertainty for exploration and mapping
* Learning inspection behaviors
* Collaborative exploration and inspection planning
* Gianluca Antonelli
* Antonio Franchi
* Vijay Kumar
* Dongjun Lee
* Nathan Michael
* Anibal Ollero
* Sebastian Scherer
* Roland Siegwart
* Stefano Stramigioli
* Markus Achtelik, Ascending Technologies, Intel Corporation, DE
* Kostas Alexis, Autonomous Robots Lab, University of Nevada, Reno, USA
* Gianluca Antonelli, Università di Cassino, IT
* Margarita Chli, Vision for Robotics Lab, ETH Zurich, CH
* Anibal Ollero, University of Seville, ES
* Roland Siegwart, Autonomous Systems Lab, ETH Zurich, CH
* Kimon Valavanis, Professor & Chair, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Denver
This proposed workshop is supported by:
1) IEEE RAS TC 1 Aerial Robotics and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
2) The National Robotics Initiative (NRI) projects "NRI: Large: Collaborative Research: Fast and Accurate Infrastructure Modeling and Inspection with Low-Flying Robots" and "NRI: Collaborative Research: Multi-modal Characterization of DOE-EM Facilities"
3) The European union projects "AEROARMS: AErial RObotic system integrating multiple ARMS and advanced manipulation capabilities for inspection and maintenance" and "AEROWORKS: Collaborative Aerial Robotic Workers"