University of Seville (http://www.us.es/eng) is one of the most important higher education institutions in Spain, with 70,000 students, 4,400 professors, and 2,400 administrative and service staff. The University of Seville will be involved in the project through the “Robotics, Vision and Control” (GRVC) group (http://grvc.us.es/en), which has 70 researchers and engineers with strong expertise on robotics and particularly on aerial robotics. Thus, in 2014 the group participated in 13 projects (17 contracts) related to aerial robotics and unmanned aerial systems. GRVC has a long tradition coordinating and participating in projects of the EU Framework Programmes (FP) including 4 projects of the FP4, 3 of the FP5, 3 of the FP6 and 5 of FP7.
GRVC is a Research member of the GRVC-CATEC Team. The main role of GRVC in ARCOW project is the development for localization algorithms in GPS-denied areas and robot autonomy in terms of planning and navigation. GRVC will develop also the range-only SLAM approach for the Foreign Object Debris (FOD) monitoring system.
GRVC participated in 13 projects and 17 contracts related to aerial robotics and unmanned aerial systems since 2010, and it has a long tradition in the EU FPs including 4 projects of the FP4, 3 of the FP5, 3 of the FP6 and 5 of FP7. The GRVC group was the Scientific and Technical Coordinator of the FP5 COMETS IST project on the coordination and control of multiple heterogeneous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), the first project in Europe demonstrating experimentally the cooperation of multiple UAVs with application to forest fires. GRVC coordinated the successful FP7 AWARE IST that developed and validated in field experiments a platform providing the functionalities required for the cooperation of UAVs with ground wireless networks, and joint load transportation by means of three coupled helicopters. GRVC is also the Associated Coordinator of the FP7 CONET Network of Excellence and the FP7 PLANET project. Other projects have been the URUS FP6 on network robot systems, and the Spanish projects CLEAR on long endurance aerial robots, ROBAIR on the safety of aerial robots, AEROSENS on the integration of aerial and ground robots with sensor networks, and CROMAT on the cooperation of aerial and ground robots. GRVC participated in many successful technology transfers to companies including EADS, BOEING, INDRA, ITURRI Group, NAVANTIA, DEIMOS and many others. Regarding scientific production, the researchers of GRVC have published more than 150 papers in aerial robotics topics in the last five years.