Organisation: Robotics and Perception Group, University of Zurich
Address: Andreasstrasse 15, 8050 Zurich, Switzerland
Contact: Prof. Davide Scaramuzza (Tel: +41 44 635 24 09, sdavide(at)ifi.uzh.ch)
- Elias Mueggler (Uni Zurich)
- Flavio Fontana (Uni Zurich)
- Christian Forster (Uni Zurich)
- Matthias Faessler (Uni Zurich)
- Junjie Zhang (Uni Zurich)
The Robotics and Perception Group was founded in early 2012 at the University of Zurich. Our mission is to develop autonomous robots that can navigate all by themselves using only on-board sensors, mainly cameras, without relying on external reference systems, such as GPS or motion capture systems. Our interest encompasses both ground and micro flying robots, as well as multi-robot heterogeneous systems consisting of the combination of these two.
The main research focus of the Robotics and Perception group is autonomous, vision based navigation for quadrotors. We developed quadrotors that are capable of flying indoors and outdoors by only using their on-board sensors (i.e., no GPS or motion capture system). As a core part to that, we developed our own visual odometry algorithm (SVO ). In our team, we bring the expertise in both computer vision and control together. Previously, from 2009 to 2012, team leader Davide Scaramuzza led the European project “sFly” , which focused on autonomous navigation of micro helicopters in GPS-denied environments using vision as the main sensor modality. Furthermore, the team members have worked in projects on micro aerial vehicle control or computer vision at world leading research institutions.
- C. Forster, M. Pizzoli, and D. Scaramuzza, “SVO: Fast Semi-Direct Monocular Visual Odometry,” in IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2014.
- D. Scaramuzza et al., “Vision-Controlled Micro Flying Robots: from System Design to Autonomous Navigation and Mapping in GPS-denied Environments,” in IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, 2014.
Videos of our work can be found on our YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/ailabRPG). More info on our website: http://rpg.ifi.uzh.ch/