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Robotics Student Seminar: "Autonomous drone navigation in GPS-denied environments"
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
3:00 p.m.
1146 AV Williams Bldg
For More Information:
Ania Picard
301 405 4358

Robotics Student Seminar

Autonomous drone navigation in unknown, GPS-denied environments

Vincenz Frenzel
Derek Thompson
Mathew Vaughn
Mackenzie Allen
Thara Konduri
Rohit Nambiar

Advisor: Dr. Mumu Xu

During the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), there is an Autonomous Drone Racing (ADR) competition, challenging teams to research and implement autonomy in unknown local environments. Our team, composed of Graduate and Undergraduate Students, will compete and succeed in this competition. It is organized under the Unmanned Systems Research Lab led by Dr. Xu of the Aerospace Department.

The rules are simple: Each team is required to produce a vehicle that can autonomously identify and traverse gates in a set race course. The exact shape of the track is unknown to the vehicle. It is required to incorporate various sensors onboard to locate the position of the vehicle within the course, interpret the environment to localize the gates, compute an efficient path for the vehicle to execute while avoiding any obstacles on its way. During the seminar we will talk about our ideas, our set-up and the progress we have made since starting the project late last year.

In the end we would like to start a discussion about your thoughts and ideas on our setup. Together we hope to identify challenges and improvements that could be incorporated in our plan.

About the Robotics Student Seminars

The Robotics Student Seminars at the University of Maryland College Park are a student-run series of talks given by current robotics students.

The purpose of these talks is to:

  • Encourage interaction between Robotics students from different subfields;
  • Provide an opportunity for Robotics students to be aware of and possibly get involved in the research their peers are conducting;
  • Provide an opportunity for Robotics students to receive feedback on their current research;
  • Provide speaking opportunities for Robotics students.


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