Whereas insects seem to control their flight effortlessly with the help of optical flow, robots that attempt to do the same run into problems. We propose as a solution a learning process that allows robots to see distances by means of visual appearance (colors, textures, shapes). Would it be possible that insects do the same?

The full paper can be found here (view-only article link: here).

The article is featured on the cover of Nature Machine Intelligence. Cover reprinted by permission from Springer Nature.

G.C.H.E. de Croon, C. De Wagter, T. Seidl: Enhancing optical-flow-based control by learning visual appearance cues for flying robots. In: Nature Machine Intelligence, vol. 3, no. 1, 2021.

Science Robotics paper

Our recent paper in Science Robotics presents the first swarm of tiny robots that can explore unknown environments completely by themselves. No map, no memory, and no GPS! The full paper can be found here.

K N McGuire, C De Wagter, K Tuyls, H J Kappen, G C H E de Croon: Minimal navigation solution for a swarm of tiny flying robots to explore an unknown environment. In: Science Robotics, vol. 4, no. 35, 2019.

Delfly Book

Our book about the DelFly has been published! The book introduces the topics most relevant to autonomously flying flapping-wing robots: flapping-wing design, aerodynamics, and artificial intelligence.

G C H E de Croon, Mustafa Percin, B D W Remes, Rick Ruijsink, C De Wagter: The DelFly - Design, Aerodynamics, and Artificial Intelligence of a Flapping Wing Robot. Springer Netherlands, 2016, ISBN: 978-94-017-9207-3.

Science paper

The Delfly Nimble was featured on the cover of Science Magazine in September 2018.

Matěj Karásek, Florian T Muijres, Christophe De Wagter, Bart D W Remes, Guido C H E de Croon: A tailless aerial robotic flapper reveals that flies use torque coupling in rapid banked turns. In: Science, vol. 361, no. 6407, pp. 1089–1094, 2018, ISSN: 0036-8075.




All publications

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Christophe De Wagter; J A Mulder

Towards vision-based uav situation awareness (Inproceedings)

In: AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit, pp. 5872, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), San Francisco, CA, USA, 2005.

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C De Wagter; J A Mulder

Vision-Based Guidance and Awareness for Autonomous UAV (Inproceedings)

In: Peshekhonov, Vladimir G (Ed.): Proceedings of the 12th Saint Petersburg International Conference on Intregrated Navigation Systems, pp. –, State Research Center of Russia "Elektropribor", Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2005.


JMV Oliveira; QP Chu; JA Mulder

Output error method and two step method for aerodynamic model identification (aiaa 6440) (Inproceedings)

In: Proceedings of the AiAA GNC Conference and Exhibit, pp. –, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc. (AIAA), United States, 2005, (null ; Conference date: 15-08-2005 Through 18-08-2005).

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JMV Oliveira; QP Chu; JA Mulder

Estimating attitude using velocity aiding (Inproceedings)

In: Peshekhonov, Vladimir G. (Ed.): Proceedings of the 12th Saint Petersburg International Conference on Integrated Navigation Systems, pp. 222–231, 2005, (null ; Conference date: 23-05-2005 Through 25-05-2005).

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M Mulder; TM Lam; C de Wagter; MM van Paassen; JA Mulder

Increasing the Safety of Operating Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Inproceedings)

In: Proceedings of the Fourth Polish Avionics Conference, pp. –, 2004, (null ; Conference date: 17-09-2004 Through 19-09-2004).

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C De Wagter; A A Proctor; E N Johnson

Vision-only aircraft flight control (Inproceedings)

In: Digital Avionics Systems Conference, 2003. DASC '03. The 22nd, pp. 8.B.2-81-11 vol.2, 2003.

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