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Kostas Alexis

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Kostas Alexis is currently an assistant professor at Computer Science & Engineering of the University of Nevada, Reno. He received his PhD from the University of Patras, Greece and afterwards moved to ETH Zurich where he worked as a Senior Researcher at the Autonomous Systems Lab. Kostas has received many best paper awards and has organized several large-scale, multi-million collaborative research projects.

Autonomous exploration and reliable mapping of unknown environments corresponds to a major challenge for mobile robotic systems. For many important application domains, such as industrial inspection or search and rescue, this task is further challenged from the fact that such operations often have to take place in GPS-denied environments and possibly visually-degraded conditions.

by and   -   May 23, 2016


Autonomous exploration of unknown environments corresponds to a critical ability and a major challenge for aerial robots. In many cases, we would like to rely on the ability of an intelligent flying system to completely and efficiently explore the previously unknown world and derive a consistent map of it. On top of this basic skill, one can then work on several tasks such as infrastructure inspection, hazard detection, and more.