As part of the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2014), the Workshop ”Aerial robots Physically Interacting with the environment”, held on May 30 and organized by Prof Aníbal Ollero, has demonstrated to be a success, with more than 50 attendants from universities, research centers and companies from 17 countries around the world.
The 10 presentations scheduled in the Program were delivered and sparked interesting discussions on developments:
Justin Thomas, Control, Estimation and Planning for Aerial Manipulation
Fabio Ruggiero, External Generalized Forces Estimation in Aerial Manipulation
Stjepan Bogdan , Towards Valve Turning using a Dual-Arm Aerial Manipulator
Stefano Stramigioli, Physically-based control of Flying robots: the power of mechanical analogies
Marin Kobilarov, Exploiting dynamics in the motion of articulated aerial robots
Lorenzo Marconi, Control of UAVs in hostile environments: the SHERPA perspective.
In addition to the 10 presentations and the 6 posters presented in the Poster Session, the attendants Bürak Yüksel, Dongjun Lee, Fabio Ruggiero and Arturo Torres had short oral presentations. Thanks to the contributions from the large audience, discussions were very fruitful and helped identifying research gaps. Several challenges dealing with aerial manipulation were pointed out and other topics related to aerial robots physically interacting with the environment were discussed.