The speakers are women and men from Europe, Australia, Asia and America. They are from different fields, including Robotics, Aerospace, Material Science and Mechanical Engineering. Moreover, both academic and industrial partners are included among the speakers.

Bioinspired

Mirko Kovac, Imperial College, UK. ✉️ mirko.kovac@empa.ch

‘Bio-inspired Aerial Robotics for Environmental Monitoring’.

Pauline Pounds, University of Queensland, Australia. ✉️  pauline.pounds@uq.edu.au

‘Bio-inspired Drones and Sensors’

T.Thang Vo-Doan, School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering, University of Queensland, Australia. ✉️ t.vodoan@uq.edu.au

‘Insect-machine hybrid robots: Remote flight control for living insects’

Stefano Stramigioli, U Twente. The Netherlands. ✉️ s.stramigioli@utwente.nl

‘Multi-physics modeling in flapping flight: the PortWings story’.

Hoon Chul Park. Mimicking insect flight: Konkuk University, Korea.

‘Collision recovery of beetle and flapping flight in low-density-air environment’

Soft and Morphing

Dario Floreano, EPFL, Switzerland. ✉️ dario.floreano@epfl.ch

‘Tensegrity Design of Resilient Drones’.

Begoña Arrúe, U. Sevilla, Spain. ✉️ barrue@us.es

‘Soft Aerial Robots and Applications’.

Josie Hughes, EPFL, Switzerland. ✉️ josie.hughes@epfl.ch

‘Exploiting Compliant and Environmentally Constrained Structures for Aerial Robots’.

Harry Vourtsis, Elythor, Switzerland. ✉️ harry.vourtsis@elythor.com

‘Morphing drones for inspecting and monitoring power infrastructure’.

 

Other innovations

Salua Hamaza, TU Delft, The Netherlands. ✉️ S.Hamaza@tudelft.nl

‘Drones with the Sense of Touch’.

Carlos Martín, VES Robotics Applications, Spain. ✉️  cmartin@vesrobotics.com

Novel concepts in the AEROX Aerial manipulation system for industrial contact inspections‘.

It is noted that all past workshops on Aerial Robotics organized by the IEEE Technical Committee were very successful with over 200 people attending each event. This Workshop aims to follow up the success of past workshops including ICRA Workshops, euRobotics Workshops. As a reference, the ICRA 2023 full-day Workshop had more than 300 registrants. Therefore, our event aims to involve the community at large including researchers at any level even without prior experience in aerial robotics that are interested to learn and contribute to the proposed topics. Last but not least, it is highlighted that this workshop offers novelties with respect to previous events in terms of topics and collaboration opportunities with other areas inrobotics beyond the ones covered by the Aerial Robotics and Unmanned Aerial VehiclesTechnical Committee (TC).

Therefore, we plan and expect to involve a broad audience interms of background and interests from both academia and industry. In addition to thefundamental science and methods this workshop will also focus on the benefits that these concepts can bring to other areas of robotics and to society including energy efficiencyand safety. Furthermore, this year, we have engaged several junior researchers as co-organizers who will also serve as junior co-chairs of the TC. This initiative aims to foster greater integration and participation of young researchers in the workshop and the broader community working in this field. The workshop will serve as an opportunity and inspiration for them to start distinguished lectures and summer schools in the field that will further promote inclusion and diversity in our community.

We plan to livestream the workshop via Zoom or YouTube. The recordings will be made accessible to ensure that individuals facing travel constraints (whether due to health, financial, or geographical reasons) can still actively participate. This approach aims to broaden the workshop’s reach and increase its influence within the intended community. Finally, we will include during this event an early-career research panel involving both students and leaders in the field to discuss and provide advice to students about researchand future career needs.

Confirmation from speakers are available at the following link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_IdDrUqzQCYucmL-mTVH9n4B_g4GzCRl/view?usp=drive_link

The workshop organizers have read and will abide by the IEEE RAS Code of Conduct

ORGANIZERS

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.