Aerial robotics has witnessed remarkable advancements in recent years, but there is still vast untapped potential for innovation in the design and operation of aerial robots. This workshop aims to bring together researchers, engineers, and enthusiasts interested in exploring unconventional design paradigms, with a specific focus on bioinspired and soft robotics concepts, for aerial robots with the goal to create adaptable, safe, and energy efficient aerial systems.


This workshop focuses on the exploration and integration of novel design paradigms in the field of aerial robotics, with a primary emphasis on bioinspired and soft robotics concepts. The objective of this endeavor is to revolutionize the design, development, and operation of aerial robots by drawing inspiration from the natural world and soft materials engineering. We aim to leverage principles derived from biological organisms, such as birds and insects, to create agile and energy efficient aerial platforms that can navigate complex environments with unprecedented precision, adaptability, collaboration, and that are able to extend their flight range and duration. Additionally, we will investigate the potential of soft robotics, which offers inherent compliance and versatility, to enhance the safety, maneuverability, and interaction capabilities of aerial robots.


Anibal Ollero

Director GRVC Robotics Lab, Scientific Director of FADA-CATEC, Co-Chair IEEE TC Aerial Robotics and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

Pauline Pounds

University of Queensland, Associate Professor, School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology (Australia).

Giuseppe Loianno

New York University (USA), Director of the Agile Robotics and Perception Lab. Co-Chair IEEE TC Aerial Robotics and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

H. Jin Kim

Seoul National University, Department of Aerospace Engineering and the Automation and Systems Research Institute (Korea). Co-Chair IEEE TC Aerial Robotics and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

Marco Tognon

Inria researcher (ISFP) at INRIA Rennes.

Melissa Greef

Assistant Professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Toronto, Canada.

Workshop: May 13, 2024, Yokohama

This Workshop has the support of the IEEE RAS TC on Aerial Robotics and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

Additionally, the Workshop has the support of the Aerial Robotics Topic Group of euRobotics, and the projects H2020 Aerial-Core, the GRIFFIN Advanced Grant of the European Research Council, the NSF CAREER Award 2145277 and DARPA YFA D22AP00156-00.