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.


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.

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 application
  • Innovative UAS applications such as STEM education, personal remote sensing, mapping and 3D photogrammetry, UAS for precision agriculture, UAS for digital humanity and cultural heritage preservation, UAS for filmmaking, UAS for journalism, etc.


Interest Groups

Unmanned aerial systems (IG1)

This interest group emphasizes unmanned aerial vehicles from large platforms until small  vehicles and a large variety of systems and applications

Aerial Robotic Systems  physically interacting with the environment (IG2)

This interest group focalizes on the methods and technologies required for the development of aerial robots physically interacting with objects and with other aerial vehicles. Aerial robotic manipulation is a main subject in this interest group

Perception based aerial robotics (IG3)

The interest group focuses on aerial robots with onboard intelligence and perception that allows the positioning, simultaneous localization and mapping, navigation, object recognition and tracking with limited power and computational capabilities.


Future Directions: 

  • Next generation designs to increase flight endurance and safety in the interaction with people, as well as hybrid aerial-ground locomotion robots
  • Dextereous Aerial Robotic Manipulation by including Multi UAV aerial manipulation
  • Very agile and fast aerial robots, and large teams of robots, based on environment perception with limited computation and power capabilities



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.