RSS 2024 Half-day Workshop, July 19th
ME Lecture Hall A - Leonardo da Vinci

About Workshop

Humans are all connected worldwide – We share air, water, and food from our planet. We have responsibilities to monitor and manage our valuable assets; forests, mountains, and crops therein for our future generations. However, current efforts require intensive human labor; and heavy machines come with a dramatic environmental impact, not only regarding carbon footprints, but also soil compaction and noise disturbing ecosystems. Small robots with some degree of autonomy therefore hold enormous promise. However, much of current autonomous robot research and development focuses on their use inside more structured and controlled built environments. The objective of this workshop is to share visions and recent research progress on enabling robot navigation, as well as physical interaction through manipulation in natural outdoors environments, addressing the vast challenges in perception of completely open-ended, sometimes dynamic, and ever-changing surroundings, as well as navigation and interaction therein.

Topics of Interest


13:30 ~ 13:40 Introduction
13:40 ~ 14:00 Prof Fei Gao & Tianyue Wu
  Swarm of Micro Robots Flying Out of Laboratory
14:00 ~ 14:20 Dr. Peyman Moghadam
  Long-Term Robot Learning in Natural Environments:
  Challenges and Opportunities (remote)
14:20 ~ 14:40 Prof. Fu Zhang
  UAV navigation and mapping using LiDAR sensors (remote)
14:40 ~ 15:00 Prof. Hyun Myung
  Autonomous robot navigation in rough terrains using spatial AI
15:00 ~ 15:30 Lightning Talks
  Mason B. Peterson Outdoor global localization
  Samhita Marri PlantTrack
  Minghuan Liu Visual whole-body control for legged loco-manipulation
15:30 ~ 16:00 Poster session & Coffee break
16:00 ~ 16:20 Prof. Marija Popovic
  Adaptive environmental monitoring using UAVs
16:20 ~ 16:40 Prof. Timothy Barfoot
  Taking a Hard Line: Robot Navigation
  When Lighting, Weather, and Geometry Won’t Cooperate
16:40 ~ 17:00 Prof. Marco Hutter & Jonas Frey
  Learning Perception and Navigation:
  Towards autonomous robots in the wild
17:00 ~ 17:20 Prof. Vijay Kumar
  Autonomous Micro Aerial Vehicles for Precision Agriculture and
  Forestry (remote)
17:20 ~ 17:50 Pannel discussion
17:50 ~ 18:00 Paper award & Closing

Accepted papers


                   Dr. Jaehyung Jung, TUM                                     Prof. Konstantinos Alexis, NTNU
        Prof. Maurice Fallon, Univ. of Oxford                         Prof. Stefan Leutenegger, TUM