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Flying high-speed drones into the unknown with AI

When it comes to exploring complex and unknown environments such as forests, buildings or caves, drones are hard to beat. They are fast, agile and small, and they can carry sensors and payloads virtua...
08 October 2021, by

New algorithm flies drones faster than human racing pilots

To be useful, drones need to be quick. Because of their limited battery life they must complete whatever task they have – searching for survivors on a disaster site, inspecting a building, deliverin...
22 July 2021, by

Sniffy Bug: a fully autonomous swarm of gas-seeking nano quadcopters in cluttered environments

Tiny drones are ideal candidates for fully autonomous jobs that are too dangerous or time-consuming for humans. A commonly shared dream by engineers and fire & rescue services, would be to have swarms...
15 July 2021, by and
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Autonomous Aircraft by Xwing, with Maxime Gariel

Robohub Podcast · Autonomous Aircraft Abate talks to Maxime Gariel, CTO of Xwing about the autonomous flight technology they are developing. At Xwing, they are converting traditional aircr...
12 July 2021, by

An expert on search and rescue robots explains the technologies used in disasters like the Florida condo collapse

A drone flies above search and rescue personnel at the site of the Champlain Towers South Condo building collapse in Surfside, Florida. AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee Texas A&M’s Robin Murphy has depl...
01 July 2021, by

Helping drone swarms avoid obstacles without hitting each other

By Clara Marc There is strength in numbers. That’s true not only for humans, but for drones too. By flying in a swarm, they can cover larger areas and collect a wider range of data, since each dr...
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Adam Bry and Hayk Martiros’s talk – Skydio Autonomy: Research in Robust Visual Navigation and Real-Time 3D Reconstruction (with video)

In the last online technical talk, Adam Bry and Hayk Martiros from Skydio explained how their company tackles real-world issues when it comes to drone flying. Abstract Skydio is the leading US dr...
09 March 2021, by

Researchers introduce a new generation of tiny, agile drones

By Daniel Ackerman If you’ve ever swatted a mosquito away from your face, only to have it return again (and again and again), you know that insects can be remarkably acrobatic and resilient in fl...
02 March 2021, by

Self-supervised learning of visual appearance solves fundamental problems of optical flow

Flying insects as inspiration to AI for small drones How do honeybees land on flowers or avoid obstacles? One would expect such questions to be mostly of interest to biologists. However, the rise o...
19 January 2021, by

How to keep drones flying when a motor fails

Robotics researchers at the University of Zurich show how onboard cameras can be used to keep damaged quadcopters in the air and flying stably – even without GPS....
14 January 2021, by

A raptor-inspired drone with morphing wing and tail

By Nicola Nosengo NCCR Robotics researchers at EPFL have developed a drone with a feathered wing and tail that give it unprecedented flight agility....
31 October 2020, by

Lily the barn owl reveals how birds fly in gusty winds

Scientists from the University of Bristol and the Royal Veterinary College have discovered how birds are able to fly in gusty conditions – findings that could inform the development of bio-inspired ...
26 October 2020, by
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RoboBee’s Untethered Flight, with Farrell Helbling

In this episode, Kate Zhou interviews Farrell Helbling, postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Microrobotics lab, who has worked on developing the RoboBee, an insect-inspired robot that is the lightest vehicl...
20 May 2020, by

This drone can play dodgeball – and win

By Nicola Nosengo Drones can do many things, but avoiding obstacles is not their strongest suit yet – especially when they move quickly. Although many flying robots are equipped with cameras that...
19 March 2020, by
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Coordination, Cooperation, and Collaboration, with Vijay Kumar

In this interview, Lilly interviews Vijay Kumar, Professor and Dean at the University of Pennsylvania. He discusses coordination, cooperation, and collaboration in multi-robot systems. He also explain...
01 March 2020, by
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IROS 2018 Exhibition (Part 2 of 3), with Kristoffer Richardsson, Michael Zillich and Paulo Alvito

In this interview, Audrow Nash interviews Kristoffer Richardsson, Michael Zillich, and Paulo Alvito....
27 December 2018, by

Indoor drone shows are here

2017 was the year where indoor drone shows came into their own. Verity Studios' Lucie drones alone completed more than 20,000 autonomous flights. A Synthetic Swarm of 99 Lucie micro drones started t...
09 January 2018, by
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Smart Swarms, with Vijay Kumar

In this episode, Jack Rasiel interviews Vijay Kumar, Professor and Dean of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.  Kumar discusses the guiding ideas behind his research on micro unmanned aeri...
28 October 2017, by

Robots to the rescue!

This article was first published on the IEC e-tech website. Rapid advances in technology are revolutionizing the roles of aerial, terrestrial and maritime robotic systems in disaster relief, search...
19 July 2017, by

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 7/17/17

The South Korean Navy conducted shipboard flight tests for the TR-60 tilt-rotor UAV. Source: KARI July 10, 2017 – July 16, 2017 If you would like to receive the Weekly Roundup in your inbox...

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 7/10/17

The U.S. Army is developing a drone that moves like a flying squirrel. Credit: David McNally/U.S. Army News A U.S. drone strike in Somalia targeted members of al-Shabab. It is the second drone...

Drones that drive

Being able to both walk and take flight is typical in nature - many birds, insects and other animals can do both. If we could program robots with similar versatility, it would open up many possibiliti...
27 June 2017, by

More efficient and safer: How drones are changing the workplace

Technology-driven automation plays a critical role in the global economy, and its visibility in our lives is growing. As technology impacts more and more jobs, individuals and enterprises find themsel...
23 June 2017, by

How to reduce Zika using flying robots

Mosquitos kill more humans every year than any other animal on the planet and conventional methods to reduce mosquito-borne illnesses haven’t worked as well as many hoped. So we’ve been hard at wo...
15 June 2017, by

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 6/5/17

May 29, 2017 – June 4, 2017 News A German court has thrown out a protest filed by U.S. drone maker General Atomics Aeronautical Systems over the German military’s decision to acquire the I...

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup 5/15/17

Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5 (EODMU5) Platoon 142 recover an unmanned underwater vehicle onto a Coastal Riverine Group 1 Detachment Guam MK VI patrol boat in the Pacif...

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup 5/8/17

May 1, 2017 – May 7, 2017 If you would like to receive the Weekly Roundup in your inbox, please subscribe at the bottom of the page. News The European Aviation Safety Association has propo...

As DJI dominates camera and commercial drone sales, drone funding falls

According to AgFunder's 2016 AgTech Investing Report (supported by The Robot Report's own research), 2016 drone funding fell 64% from 2015 levels. Also, the type of companies getting funded were sens...
03 May 2017, by

Cooperative payload transportation with UAVs

Delivery robots are touted as gaining widespread popularity in the near future. Wheeled models could be suitable for urban areas, while UAVs have great potential in accessing difficult areas and carr...
27 April 2017, by

UgCS photogrammetry technique for UAV land surveying missions

 UgCS is easy-to-use software for planning and flying UAV drone-survey missions. It supports almost any UAV platform, providing convenient tools for areal and linear surveys and enabling direct ...
09 March 2017, by







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