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A novel algorithm for emergent patterns by swarms of simple robots

Small robots have limited perception and processing power. This is an inconvenient truth that we have to deal with. With swarm intelligence, however, we can unlock their potential by enabling them to work together. A novel algorithm for emergent behavior In a recently published work, available (open access) on the Swarm Intelligence Journal, we proposed […]

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DelFly Nimble
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MAVLAB off to IMAV 2018

Next week, the MAVLab will be off to the 10th International Micro Air Vehicle Competition and Conference, which will take place in the beautiful Melbourne from 17 November to 23 November 2018. We will be presenting a total of 5 papers at the conference, touching on various aspects from the newest developments of our flapping […]

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Pelican Drone

Besides dikes, the Netherlands are well known for its many lakes and rivers. It is difficult and labor intensive to properly monitor them all, even though many applications beg for high-res and high-frequency data. These applications include swimming water safety, industrial wastewater management, drinking water management, etc. In a new collaboration between the MAVLab, RijksWaterstaat […]

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DelFly Nimble in hovering flight. Credits: Henri Werij, TU Delft.
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DelFly Nimble

The DelFly Nimble, a new bio-inspired robot developed by MAVLab and employed for insect-flight research, is featured on the cover of the September 14 issue of the Science magazine.

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Tom van Dijk
PhD

New PhD student: Tom van Dijk

We are happy to introduce a new PhD student – Tom van Dijk – within the project “PercEvite: Sense and avoid technology for small drones”. Tom recently graduated from Delft University of Technology with a double MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering and in Systems & Control, with a specialization in robotics and a thesis on […]

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Paper: Towards a swarm with pocket drones – IROS 2017

In a previous post, we showed that a tiny 40 gram pocket drone can fly autonomously inside a room. Now we stepped it up a notch, by adding another pocket drone in the mix.  This time, they are not only avoiding the obstacles and walls, but also each other.  This year, we presented our work at the 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2017).  The experiments were conducted […]

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Cyclone
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Control of the Cyclone Hybrid UAV

Cyclone In cooperation with the dronelab of ENAC in Toulouse, we have developed a hybrid UAV, called ‘Cyclone’. It is hybrid in the sense that it can hover, as well as fly like an airplane. To benefit from the efficiency of the wing, the drone spends most of its time in forward flight, as such, […]

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Towards an autonomous pocket drone for indoor navigation

In recent experiments, we were able to show a 40-gram pocket drone flying inside an indoor environment, autonomously, using nothing but a 4-gram stereo-camera. With a new computer vision method, called Edge-FS, the pocket drone can detect obstacles with stereo-vision and calculate its own velocity in real-time, all on-board a STM32F4 microprocessor (168 MHz,196 Kb). […]

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Diana Olejnik
PhD

New PhD student Diana Olejnik

We are happy to introduce a new PhD student. Diana Olejnik within the project: “Bio-inspired control and design of flapping wing MAVs”. Diana graduated from West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin, Poland with a M.Sc. degree in Control Engineering & Robotics. Diana will be responsible for developing a highly manoeuvrable flapping wing MAV with […]

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Flapping Wing Modelling

Model identification of small flapping wing vehicles with unsteady aerodynamics requires new approaches. Publications 2013 J. V. Caetano, C. C. de Visser, B. D. W. Remes, C. De Wagter, E. van Kampen, and M. Mulder, “Controlled Flight Maneuvers of a Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicle: a Step Towards the Delfly II Identification,” in Aiaa atmospheric […]

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