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Anibal Ollero
Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
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YangQuan Chen
University of California, Merced, USA
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    Recent Activities of the Technical Committee

  • euRathlon/ARCAS Workshop, Summer School and Competition. Seville (Spain)

Date: June 15-18, 2014

Location: Seville (Spain)


Special Sessions

  • ICRA 2014 Special Session: Aerial Robotics Manipulation.

Date: June 3, 2014, 9:30AM-10:50PM

Location: Convention and Exhibiton Centre, Theater 2. Hong-Kong



  • ICRA 2014 Workshop: Aerial Robots Physically interacting with the environment

Date: May 31, 2014, 9AM-5:30PM

Location: Convention and Exhibiton Centre, Hong-Kong


Dedicated UAS Conferences organized by TC-Chairs

  • ICUAS 2014, International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Date: May 27-30, 2014

Location: Orlando, FL (USA)


Other Activities

  • UAV Handbook (Springer)

Next Activities of the Technical Committee

Dedicated UAS Conferences organized by TC-Chairs

  • ICUAS 2015, International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Organization of Workshops and Special Sessions in IEEE Conferences (ICRA and IROS)

Past Activities of the Technical Committee

Dedicated UAS conferences organized by the TC-Chairs:

  • International Conference on Unmanned Aerial Systems (ICUAS), formerly UAV Conference, organized  yearly. ICUAS is the successor of the annual UAV Symposiums that took place between 2008 and 2010. ICUAS'11 was held in Denver CO, USA, and ICUAS'12 in Philadelphia PA,USA.  They had a Workshop/Tutorial day, followed by a three day technical Conference
  • Research, Development and Education on Unmanned Aerial Systems (RED-UAS), Seville, Nov.30 and Dec 1, 2011),. The Workshop was attended by more than 150 attendants. The program included 50 presentations, two plenary presentations, a poster session, two round tables, 6 field demonstrations of both fixed wing and helicopter UAVs and indoor demonstration in the Centre for Advanced Aerospace Technologies (FADA-CATEC).



  • IROS 2012 Workshop “Aerial Physically acting robots” (AIRPHARO) co-organized  by the ARUAV TC. This workshop included presentations related to the main scientific and technological topics related to aerial robots physically interacting between them and with the environment including the cooperation of several aerial robots. The presentations covered methods and technologies dealing  with simulations and implementations by using quadrotors, helicopters and fixed wing aerial robotic platforms and relevant application scenarios.  The program also included demonstrations.

Workshops outside RAS conferences

  • IEEE/ASME MESA (mechatronics and embedded systems and applications) Workshops 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012;
  • euRobotics Forum Workshop on “Aerial robots physically interacting with the environment” March 2012 in Odense (Denmark)

Aerial Robotics and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles


Flying opens new opportunities to robotically perform services and tasks like search and rescue, observation, mapping or even inspection and maintenance. As such, substantial interest in aerial robots has grown in recent years. Key areas to be addressed include innovative Unmanned Aerial Vehicles design, autonomous missions, guidance, navigation and control, and multi-vehicle coordination.

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The technical committee will promote exchanges among researchers from academia, industry and government. The purpose is to identify the technologies and technical approaches to advance and mature the field of aerial robotics. Exchanges include conferences, workshops, special sessions in conferences and publications to promote discussion on technical and applicative problems. Envisioned will be on-line and printed resources to disseminate knowledge including cross-disciplinary information like aerodynamics, propulsion, communications, controls and sensors.

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Topics of Interest:

Include but not limited to:

  • Airframe design;
  • UAS autonomy: perception,  planning  and control;
  • UAS Guidance, Navigation and Control
  • Sense and Avoid;
  • Human-computer interfaces;
  • Propulsion and Engines;
  • Aerial vehicle teams;
  • Aerial manipulation
  • UAS integration in non-segregated airspaces
  • Aerial Robotics and UAV applications


If you are interested in becoming a member of this committee, please send to the TC Co-chairs by email - your name, title, affiliation, email address, telephone number, and your area of interest.