TRADR Summer School on Autonomous Micro Aerial Vehicles

Fraunhofer-Institut für Intelligente Analyse- und Informationssysteme IAIS

August 24th-28th 2015, Schloss Birlinghoven

Micro aerial vehicles (MAV) such as multicopters have become a popular research tool in recent years and are used in an increasing number of application domains such as aerial photography and inspection tasks. Most MAVs are remotely controlled or follow GNSS waypoints in obstacle-free heights. Many tasks require navigation in complex 3D environments, close to obstacles, however. Hence, the degree of autonomy of the MAVs must be increased.

The objective of the school is to give students deep insights into the currently leading approaches to 3D environment perception, mapping, navigation planning, and control of autonomous MAVs. Lectures by internationally leading experts will provide the necessary theoretical background for hands-on exercises with MAVs.


The program is based on three pillars:

  • Theory: Ranging from state estimation based on multimodal sensors and environment mapping by cameras and laser scanners over control of dynamic flight, obstacle avoidance, navigation planning, and exploration to contact with the environment and aerial manipulation.
  • Case studies: Leading micro aerial systems for research on autonomy such as Ascending Technologies Firefly, the “Mapping on Demand” and InventAIRy copters of University of Bonn, the multirotors developed at CMU, the aerial manipulators of University of Seville, and the DelFly flapping wing MAVs of TU Delft will be presented.      
  • Practical exercises: Students will apply the theory in hands-on tutorials. Ascending Technologies will provide sensor equipped Firefly copters for these. Participants are encouraged to also bring their own micro aerial vehicles. Space for indoor and outdoor experiments with autonomous micro aerial vehicles will be available.


Birlinghoven Castle

Fraunhofer Institute Center Schloss Birlinghoven
53757 Sankt Augustin

Travel directions

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Monday, 24.8.2015
11:00 Registration opens
11:30 Lunch opens
13:00 - 14:00 Rainer Worst, Hartmut Surmann, Sven Behnke:
Welcome, Project TRADR Long-Term Human-Robot Teaming for Robot-Assisted Disaster Response
14:00 - 15:30 Lecture Michael Achtelik:
MAVs - Daily Operations and Practical Applications
15:30 Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30 Excercise Michael Achtelik
17:30 - 18:00 Poster teaser (Participants are welcome to display their research in a poster and advertise it with a three-slides three minutes teaser presentation)
18:00 - Welcome reception
Tuesday, 25.8.2015
9:00 - 10:30 Lecture Sebastian Scherer:
Motion Planning for Aerial Robots
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30 Exercise Sebastian Scherer
12:30 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Lecture Cyrill Stachniss:
Graph-based Simultaneous Localization and Mapping
15:30 Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30 Exercise Cyrill Stachniss
18:00 - Evening program and dinner
Wednesday, 26.8.2015
9:00 - 10:30 Lecture Angela Schoellig:
Controls for Multi-Rotor Vehicles: From Model-Based to Learning-Enabled Approaches
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30 Exercise Angela Schoellig
12:30 Lunch
14:00 - Excursion and dinner
Thursday, 27.8.2015
9:00 - 10:30 Lecture Igor Gilitschenski:
Advances in Nonlinear Dynamic State Estimation
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30 Exercise Igor Gilitschenski
12:30 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Lecture Guido de Croon:
Vision for Autonomous Flight of Light-weight Micro Air Vehicles
15:30 Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30 Exercise Guido de Croon
18:00 - Evening program and dinner
Friday, 28.8.2015
9:00 - 10:30 Lecture Daniel Cremers:
Direct and Dense 3D Reconstruction from Autonomous Quadrotors
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30 Lecture Anibal Ollero:
Aerial Robotic Manipulation: Control, Perception and Planning Functionalities
12:30 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Exercise Daniel Cremers
15:30 - Farewell coffee


Application Procedure for Participants

The number of participants is limited.

Interested students and researchers needed to apply for participation prior to the application deadline through EasyChair.

Registration Fees

  • Regular: 500 €
  • PhD students and students: 300 €
  • Registration information will be sent to accepted applicants.


Important Dates

  • Application for participation: June 20th, 2015 (closed)
  • Acceptance decision: June 30th, 2015 (sent)
  • Registration deadline: July 31st, 2015
  • Summer school: August 24th-August 28th, 2015



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The school is supported by the EU FP7 ICT project TRADR “Long-term Human-Robot Teaming for Robot Assisted Disaster Response”, grant agreement no. 60963.