Great News: Our paper “VISION-CONTROLLED MICRO FLYING ROBOTS: FROM SYSTEM DESIGN TO AUTONOMOUS NAVIGATION AND MAPPING IN GPS-DENIED ENVIRONMENTS” has just been accepted at IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine.
To the best of our knowledge, this paper describes the first, working visual-inertial system of multiple MAVs in real-world scenarios able to autonomously navigate while collaboratively building a rich 3D map of the environment and performing optimal surveillance coverage. It is believed that the presented system constitutes a milestone for vision based MAV navigation in large, unknown, and GPS-denied environments, providing a reliable basis for further research towards complete missions of search-and-rescue or inspection scenarios with multiple MAVs.
D. Scaramuzza, M.C. Achtelik, L. Doitsidis, F. Fraundorfer, E.B. Kosmatopoulos, A. Martinelli, M.W. Achtelik, M. Chli, S. A. Chatzichristofis, L. Kneip, D. Gurdan, L. Heng, G.H. Lee, S. Lynen, L. Meier, M. Pollefeys, A. Renzaglia, Roland Siegwart, J.C. Stumpf, P. Tanskanen, C. Troiani and S. Weiss, “VISION-CONTROLLED MICRO FLYING ROBOTS: FROM SYSTEM DESIGN TO AUTONOMOUS NAVIGATION AND MAPPING IN GPS-DENIED ENVIRONMENTS”, «IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine»