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Welcome to the website of the Robotics and Perception Group led by Prof. Dr. Davide Scaramuzza. Our lab was founded in February 2012 and is part of the Department of Informatics at the University of Zurich. Our mission is to develop autonomous machines that can navigate all by themselves using only onboard cameras, without relying on external infrastructure, such as GPS or motion capture systems. Our interests encompass both ground and micro flying robots, as well as multi-robot heterogeneous systems consisting of the combination of these two. We do not want our machines to be passive, but active, in that they should react to and navigate within their environment so as to gain the best knowledge from it.

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News

  • We ranked 2nd at the IROS 2017 Autonomous Drone Race in Vancouver. Check out the video of our performance here and the official website of the competition here.

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  • Our recent work on decentralized visual place recognition from full-image descriptors was accepted to MRS 2017, the first international symposium on multi-robot and multi-agent systems!

    Check out the paper here.

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  • Our paper "Rapid Exploration with Multi-Rotors: A Frontier Selection Method for High Speed Flight" was nominated finalist for the Best Paper Award on Safety Security and Rescue Robotics at IROS 2017 in Vancouver. Check out the paper here.

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  • Davide Scaramuzza talks about autonomous, agile, vision-controlled drones and event cameras at the GeorgiaTech robotics seminar series: check out the video here.

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  • This is the first ever autonomous flight with an event camera, which demonstrates agile maneuvers and flying in low-light environments. Possible applications could include supporting rescue teams with search missions at dusk or dawn. Check out the press release, our video and our paper.

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  • Giuseppe Loianno (UPenn), Davide Scaramuzza (RPG), and Vijay Kumar (UPenn) will organize the third international workshop on Vision-based High Speed Autonomous Navigation of UAVs

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  • Davide Scaramuzza was appointed Tenured Associate Professor with double affiliation with the Insitute of Neuroinformatics of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich. Check out the news here.

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  • We are happy to announce that our lab is now affiliated with the Institute of Neuroinformatics (INI), a joint institute belonging to the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich.

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  • Our paper Fast Trajectory Optimization for Agile Quadrotor Maneuvers with a Cable-Suspended Payload, accepted for oral presentation at RSS'17, was nominated finalist for the Best Student Paper Award! Check out the paper here and the video here.

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  • The slides and videos of the talks of the International Workshop on Event-based Vision are now available at the workshop website and the RPG Workshops Youtube channel.

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  • We are happy to announce the release of the code for event lifetime. The lifetime of an event is the time that it takes for the moving brightness gradient causing the event to travel a distance of 1 pixel. More details in the following ICRA publication. The code can be found here.

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  • Prof. Davide Scaramuzza gave a talk at the Maker Festival in Terni about the role of computer vision in autonomous cars and drones. Check the news here (Italian).

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  • The Robotics and Perception Group wins the 2017 Misha Mahowald Prize, which recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of neuromorphic engineering. Check out the press release here.

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  • Our recent work comparing volumetric information gain metrics for object reconstruction is part of the Autonomous Robots special issue on Active Vision.

    Check out the paper here.

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  • Antonio Loquercio, PhD student in our lab, won the ETH Medal for his outstanding Master thesis! Congratulations!

     

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  • Our paper on Collaborative Transport with Multiple MAVs appeared on Discovery Channel Canada. Check out the paper here.

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  • We welcome Dr. Suseong Kim as new Postdoc, and Philipp Foehn as new PhD student, in our lab!

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  • Fotokite, the Swiss startup developing tethered drones, which was incubated within RPG in 2014 through the NCCR Spin Fund, won the 2017 EUrobotics Tech Transfer Award! Congratulations! We are very proud of you!

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