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Tom van Dijk
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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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Diana Olejnik
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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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Research

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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Swarm Exploration with Pocketdrones

The aim of this project is to investigate and design an autonomous swarm of Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs)to do multi-robot exploration of an unstructured indoor environment. These so called pocket drones are small quadroters with a mass in the order of 20 grams and a diameter of 10 cm. It can maneuve ritself through small […]

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Research

Extremely light-weight Autonomous MAVs

Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs) are becoming ever smaller and lighter. This opens new areas of application, mainly because of the capability to access small spaces. A straightforward example of such an application is building inspection. In such a case there is in general no prior knowledge about the environment. Furthermore there will be no direct […]

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Evolutionary Robotics
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Research

Evolutionary Robotics for Micro Air Vehicles

Small robots with limited computational and sensory capabilities are becoming more commonplace. Designing effective behaviour for small robotic platforms to complete complex tasks is a major challenge. A promising methodology to address this problem is found in Evolutionary Robotics (ER), in which a robot’s controller, and possibly its body, is optimised using Evolutionary Learning (EL) […]

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Quadshot
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Projects

Swarm of Hybrid UAVs for the Acquisition of Distributed Measurements

A Swarm of Hybrid UAV can perform measurements in a large area. To cover this area, the drones need quite some range. However, to perform their measurements, they should be able to land anywhere. That is why the choice is made for hybrid UAVs. A hybrid UAV can take off an land vertically (VTOL) like […]

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Vision Based Landing
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Research

Intelligent Vision-based Landing System of UAVs

Background The capability of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to perform landing task is essential for the autonomous operation, especially when they are outside line-of-sight. For autonomous landing, these vehicles need to know by themselves which areas are safe to be landed upon. Therefore, an intelligent landing system of UAVs using a monocular vision is proposed due to the fact that visual sensors […]

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Hear and Avoid

Being allowed to operate an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in operational airspace requires certification of the aircraft while guaranteeing the ability to avoid other vehicles operating in the same airspace. Humans rely on there sensory organs to perceive their surroundings and to decide whether a certain action is required to avoid a potential collision. Most […]

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