2018 PROGRAM REVIEW (25-26 September 2018)

Bring your tools to the sky with DJI Payload SDK

The Future of Commercial Drone Customisation: DJI’s new Payload SDK enables non-DJI cameras, sensors, and payloads such as air-to-ground communication tools and devices to be mounted and integrated directly into DJI’s Matrice 200 Series drones. By opening this layer of DJI’s core technology to the commercial drone ecosystem, any manufacturer, developer or researcher can create a drone that is customised for a specific purpose or industry.

Enabling BVLOS flights through Cellular Connectivity
Nokia Bell Labs

BVLOS flights enable many exciting new use cases for drones, but require a reliable command and control (C2) link. C2 over cellular networks is an obvious way forward due to the almost ubiquitous coverage. From research conducted in the SESAR DroC2om project, we will show the differences between communication to drones and ground users based on measurements with drones flying in VLL air space, and show that interference mitigation techniques such as interference coordination, beamsteering and hybrid access may well lead to a reliable C2 link even in highly loaded cellular networks.

Push the boundaries of what drones can do
ETH Zurich

We promote the concept of omnidirectional drones, which means that position and orientation of the drone are completely independent. Therefore, the Voliro drones can fly horizontally, vertically, upside-down and in any orientation in between, while generating forces in all directions. This allows it to apply a constant contact force on objects, independent of the drone's orientation. With this unique capability, Voliro platforms can conduct physical interaction with the environment in a safe and reliable manner. Currently on the market there are many drones that can perform remote sensing tasks, such as mapping, inspection and videography. However, none of them can assist in tasks that require physical contact. This is where Voliro's "Hand in the sky" becomes important by providing solutions in applications where physical interaction using drones is needed.

1000 Payloads/1000 Operations

In the drone industry the most important device for the success of the operation is the payload. As manufacturer, Dronetools has develop few different payloads for a variety applications, from typical visual cameras for rescue or border control to payloads for environmental measurements, or payloads for spry solid or liquid for treatments applications. On the presentation we´ll show the experience gained on the develop of the payloads for our customers and pictures and example of use of those payloads.

Unleashing the power of collaborative drones
Insyab Wireless Limited

Let’s face reality … Moore’s Law is indeed coming to a close. As such, it seems inevitable that there will be soon a gap in terms of the computational horsepower available for machine learning and computer vision applications, especially those running at the edge. Such a limiting factor will particularly impact unmanned robotic systems deployed in mission-critical operations (e.g. law enforcement, public safety, security). The wisest route to avoid falling into the aforementioned gap is to resort to distributed processing. It is not so challenging to portray the criticality of low latency and robust communications for pushing the envelope of distributed processing. In this talk, we will outline the key wireless elements required for unleashing the power of distributed processing, low-latency communications in particular. We will also discuss how incumbent over-the-counter technologies fall short of meeting the objectives, especially as the number of collaborating robotic nodes grows.

Self-organizing UAV Networks for Providing On-demand LTE Connectivity to First Responders
NEC Laboratories America

The presentation will highlight one of the first system efforts (SkyLiTE) to realize a self-organizing network of UAVs that can be deployed on-demand and un-tethered (to ground stations) to provide multi-cell LTE network connectivity over a wide area. SkyLiTE incorporates a novel, redesign of the LTE core to deploy a stand-alone network of LTE base stations (RAN+EPC on UAVs) in the sky. SkyLiTE can be deployed to supplement existing stationary cellular deployments. More importantly, it can be deployed in a stand-alone manner to provide LTE connectivity in first responder situations.

Air-to Air, Air-to-Ground Laser Communications Systems for Drones
Mynaric Lasercom

Drones are collecting enormous amount of data using smart payloads. There is a need for down-stream large volume of data at high speed from Air-to-Ground and between Air-to-Air in near real time. Small drone operators offered to use LTE, 4G, 5G to transmit collected data. Lasercom is an independent solution, is exceptionally secure as the laser beam is extremely narrow compared to RF signals, it cannot be tapped, jammed or spoofed, free from ITU regulations, low cost per bit, eye safe at short distances. Henceforth, Lasercom solutions will be going to play an important role in bridging this technology gap. Mynaric developing Free Space Optical Communication (FSOC) system to be used on drones of various sizes.

Smart FC(R) - Customized flight controller
TU Berlin

When developing a proprietary drone, a well working flight control is key for safe operation. While commercial solutions provide the basic features necessary to fly new drones, a commercial solution tailored to individual drone characteristics is still missing. At TU Berlin, we have developed such an integrated flight control system with a customizable flight controller (Smart FC®). Drone dimensions are collected with a camera system and the information is complemented through an online toolbox. The flight controller is programmed automatically. The presentation will review the logic behind the Smart FC® system and discuss applications and benefits for the drone community.

Meteodrones - Aiming for the perfect weather forecast
Meteomatics AG

Since 2012 Meteomatics has developed the Meteodrone system that gives precise weather measurements of the planet boundary layer up to 1.5km and far beyond. The Meteodrone has been BVLOS approved and has already demonstrated its capabilities in more than 2’000 flight hours. The direct readings of temperature, humidity, pressure, wind speed and direction reveal not only details of the lower atmosphere but also contribute to modern numerical weather forecasts. Therefore, the data are assimilated in real-time into high-resolution weather models. As the talk will show, these data can significantly improve fog, low stratus and thunderstorm forecasts.

Project DiAvEn - Indoor Delivery Drone
Project DiAvEn

Project DiAvEn - Digitial Aviation Engineering would like to present a novel Indoor Drone Delivery System. The main focus is our self-developed Indoor localisation system which is optimised for drones. The system is 16x more precise compared with normal GPS. This accuracy enables the use of drones in smaller areas. We use Beacons to localise the drone. Our current aim is to develop an Indoor Delivery Service with the use of this localisation system. With the presentation, I would like to present the localisation system and raise awareness for the use of drones indoor.

Project AlphaLink - Multibody aircraft as long-endurance drones
Project AlphaLink

Project AlphaLink is developing unmanned multibody aircraft with superior endurance and payload capacity. The individual, fixed-wing aircraft modules are connected through mechanical joints at their wingtips and achieve a high-aspect ratio while maintaining a low structural weight. The scalability of this technology serves a large variety of commercial applications ranging from aerial observation to the operation of High-Altitude Platform for internet provision. After a successfull flight test in June 2017, AlphaLink is now building the first model for commercial use in cooperation with TU Berlin.

In-flight Wireless Charging for Drones
Global Energy Transmission, Co

One of the key technical obstacles for drone industry adoption is short battery lifetime. It severely limits flight duration for applications including agriculture, delivery, filming, inventory, monitoring and security. Despite alternative power sources (fuel cells, etc.) and other battery industry developments short drone battery lifetime greatly limits drone solutions. Global Energy Transmission (GET) now uniquely enables unlimited drone flight time with its award-winning GET wireless power technology. GET’s turnkey solution enables battery-powered drones to fly forever by safely and quickly recharging while still in flight. Drones simply hover for a short time in one of our large area power hotspots, which can be installed kilometers apart along flight routes. GET will explain their vision of the future of drone industry, and why wireless power charging can totally transform the industry, not just for today’s needs, but also for longer-term future uses including urban air transportation. Visit us at www.getcorp.com

Comparison of UAV photograph-based and airborne lidar-based point clouds over forest

In this study, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) image (photograph)-based point clouds and products were compared to airborne lidar-based data and products over a forested area. The test site is located in Germany, 15 km southeast of Jena. In general, a high match between lidar- and UAV-based data/products was observed. The UAV data exhibits more details which are of particular importance for the detection of small trees. While using lidar data, 45 out of 205 trees were not detected, however only 14 trees were missed out when UAV data was used.

Drone Projects @ Cyber Innovation Hub of German Armed Forces
Cyber Innovation Hub

Bundeswehr Cyber Innovation Hub -the Cyber Innovation Hub of the German Armed Forces is a unit responsible for innovation and technology scouting for the German military. The unit formed in 2017 is operating as an interface between the German Armed Forces and the digital startup ecosystem. It is focusing on disruptive technologies from the field of cyber/it and digital products and services.

Challenges and Techniques in Drone Forensics
Canterbury Christ Chruch Univ.

Due ot the rise in drone-related crimes in recent years, the need for forensic analysis of the captured drones has augmented immensely. This talk presents the challenges and techniques in extraction and identification of important artefacts from the recorded flight data as well as the associated mobile devices using open sources tools and some basic scripts developed to aid the analysis of two popular drone systems - the DJI Phantom 3 Professional and Parrot AR.Drone 2.0.

2017 PROGRAM REVIEW (21-22 September 2017)

Discovering Applications for Thermal Imaging Drones
FLIR Systems, Inc.

FLIR Systems’ aerial thermal imaging cameras are significantly expanding the abilities of drones used for industrial purposes. Combining a drone’s unique vantage point with the capability of detecting variation in temperature on the ground; systems equipped with a thermal payload can increase both safety and efficiency in a variety of industries. The drone industry has been pushed forward by a ‘see it to believe it’ mentality, which then triggers the imagination and ingenuity of manufacturers, software providers, and end-users worldwide. You can expect to see visuals from the real-world applications in: public safety, inspections, agriculture, and more!

World's Smallest GNSS Module - From Idea to Product in 6 weeks
OriginGPS LTD.

Introducing OriginGPS novel produdct, OriginIoT and demonstrating the usage method to complete a development of location aware IoT device in 6 weeks.The presentation will show the story of our product engineer, Ishai SHAMIR, who was responsible for this development project, showing how quickly and easily he managed to complete the development in time using the OriginIoT product.

Adaptive Drone Mission for Optical Inspections
Technische Universität Chemnitz

This talk presents an approach of adaptive drone mission for optical inspections. In general the flight control is based on a predefined flight path. Therefore points of the flight path are defined by their GPS coordinates and the flight altitude is set. In addition a minimum distance to the object of interest and fundamental restrictions have to be considered. The data of mission sensors and intelligent onboard data processing based on a algorithms and powerful hardware are used for adaptive minimum distance control.

Choosing Right Propellers for Your Platform

The market is full of various propellers types. You can choose from carbon or plastic props, but that is just the beginning. There are propellers for electric motors, multicopter scenarios, various pitches, colors, sizes, designs, shapes and weights. We would like to make your choice easier. We will provide you with basic information about propellers and show you how to choose the perfect prop that fits your drone or UAV. We will show the different use cases and possible solutions to problems such as high noise and vibration, low thrust, overheating and many more.

Unmanned Traffic Management, Applied Today

Unifly supports all stakeholders in drone traffic management. Authorities can approve/deny flight requests, they can view and track the drones in their airspace in real time. They manage their airspace and declare both temporaly and permanent no-drone zones. The drone-user on their end use the app to see where thy can and cannot fly.Using the DFS example we demonstrate how this technology is available towards the market today.

Counterdrone Techniques
Drone Defense Group, Inc.

Being a responsible drone operator means being able to do more than just fly your own drone safely. Knowing what types of countermeasures are available to defend against unwanted or unauthorized drones is critical - to help your clients and to protect your own equipment. This presentation will take a look at the various techniques organizations and governments are using to protect their airspace and assets from unwanted, uncontrolled or nefarious UAVs.

UAVs in Power Engineering
SkySystems Europe, s.r.o

UAV inspection of PV power plants, wind turbines, HV lines & pipelines using SWATI-Smart Waypoint Aerial Thermal Inspection. Online clouded IR/RGB geo-located maps.

Academic education in Unmanned Systems
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) is a pioneering academic institution in the field of unmanned aircraft and robotics education. Embry-Riddle’s degrees in Unmanned Systems focus on the emerging industry by addressing topics including application, policy design, ethics, and systems management. Embry-Riddles Worldwide Campus offers online education, virtual labs and Massive Open Online Courses with important elements of the growing industry, such as sensor choice and post processing, remote split operations, national and international regulations, planning and conduct of commercial UAS applications.

Presentation of Present and Future of the RPAS/DRONES Legal Framework
Selene Avocats

SELENE AVOCATS is a member of the Air and Space Academy (Toulouse, France), of the UVS International (The French-Dutch Promoting Civilian Drones Industry Association) and of the Civilian Drones Council (from the French civil aviation authority – DGAC). The talk will rang from the insertion in General Air Traffic, civil and criminal liability, insurance guaranties to protection of privacy and personal data in accordance the French data protection authority (CNIL).

Bio-inspired flexible wings for fixed-wing drones
EPFL Lausanne/University of Southampton

The increasing demand in small-scale fixed or flapping wing UAVs opens the question of an appropriate wing design for sufficient aerodynamic performance at low Reynolds number flow conditions. Bio-inspired, flexible membrane wings of bats offer one unique options to exploit unsteady flow separations by allowing energy transfer and coupling between structural and flow dynamics. As a result, typical static flow separation of a rigid wing in stall conditions can be modified by dynamic flow reattachment. Extensive wind tunnel experiments and UAV tests with flexible membrane wings show higher payload and lifting options, smoother stalling characteristics and a more stable flight in unsteady weather conditions.

Multi-camera System and Image Processing for UAV and Embedded Applications

We would like to present our multi-camera system with integrated imaging software. This compact, comprehensive, ready-to-use solution is intended for embedded, 3D Vision, airborne and other mobile applications with high on-board processing demands. The system for UAV is comprised of (up to) four diversified, highly adaptable XIMEA industrial cameras, NVIDIA Jetson TX1/TX2 supercomputer module with customized carrier board, Fastvideo SDK on CUDA and MRTech software for high-performance image processing.

A Fleet Management System for Unmanned Air Systems

Introduces the concepts of fleet management systems as used for flight safety in manned aircraft and discusses their applications to UAS. Describes how operators and manufacturers can meet emerging safety requirements by using fleet system and components health monitoring.

Development of Unmanned Convertible Aircraft for Rapid and Efficient Deployment in Emergency Situations: Project EMERGENTIA
University of Seville

Project EMERGENTIA consist in the development of unmanned fixed wing convertible RPAS with VTOL capabilities for rapid and efficient deployment in emergency situations. The project focuses in the development of a fully autonomous vehicle, highly integrated and efficient embedded electronics, extended autonomy via aerodynamic and structures design optimization ,and the use renewable power sources such as solar and fuel cellls. The design tem includes healthcare professionals that are helping to define specific requirements for SAR missions and test scenarios.

Modelling the Use of Alternative Technical Means for Services by Piloted Flying Platforms: Value Streaming Mapping (VSM) and Patern Recognition
Silesian University of Technology

Presentation contain list of reviued factors influencing the application of UAV/RPAS as component of the model platform conversion. The introduction indicate problems of technology conversion in chosen areas. The transformation process related to applied tools, devices or law suits changes in medicine, production, services and management among others. The goal is to undertakes the attempt of evolution performance of applied techniques in transportation, consisting in use of platforms steered.

Real Flight Demonstration of Monocular Image Based Aircraft Sense and Avoid
Hungarian Academy of Sciences Institute for Computer Science and Control

Sense and avoid (S&A) is a crucial ability for the future unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). At the highest level of integration Airborne Sense and Avoid (ABSAA) systems are required to guarantee airspace safety. The most critical question is the case of non-cooperative S&A for which complex multi-sensor systems are developed. However, in case of small UAVs the size, weight and power consumption of the onboard S&A system should be minimal. Monocular vision based solutions can be cost and weight effective therefore especially suitable for small UAVs. The presentation discusses the recent results obtained by the MTA SZTAKI UAV research group.

DC-01 Mucha Agro - New Possibilities for Using Drones in Agriculture
UAVS Poland

A completely new UAV platform design to long-time flights with heavy payload allows drones to be used not only for observations flights with a multispectral camera, but also for aerial spraying. Tank with a capacity of more than 5 liters combined with a flight time of more than 30 minutes with such a load creates new opportunities for the use of drones in agriculture. Fully enclosed construction provides the ability to fly under very difficult conditions. Maximum load capacity of 16 kg makes it possible to carry heavy equipment.

Using Drones for Rooftop Inspections of Buddhist Temples in Thailand and to Document the Receding Shoreline at the Salton Sea
Hanscom-Alexeev-Mcdaniel LLP

Monks, Drones and the Salton Sea. This seminar shows how drone attorney Eric Hanscom uses drones for environmental causes. In his wife’s native Thailand, he uses drone to perform roof inspections for Buddhist temples (so that the monks don’t have to climb ladders to do the inspections themselves). His short video, The Ladder Side of Drones, won DJI’s Personal Stories category a few years ago. Eric will also discuss how he is using drones to document how the lowering of the water level in the Salton Sea is affecting the local wildlife.

PAPaaS - A New Type of Aerial Service
Hipersfera d.o.o.

HiperSfera (HS, www.hipersfera.aero) is developing a multi-role lighter-than-air UAS, to allow for an entirely new type of aerial services. HS UAS platform enables Persistent Aerial Positioning as a Service (PAPaaS) applications which were previously cost-prohibitive due to limitations in durability, availability, scalability and cost-effectiveness. HS UAS can position significant (100+ kg) payloads persistently (up to 24/7/365), accurately, and flexibly, anywhere within non-restricted airspace from low to high altitude. Operated over extended durations, this approach combines some of the oversight/coverage advantages of satellites, with improved resolution and communications path lengths, at a disruptively low specific operating cost (EUR/kg/hr).

Direct georeferencing survey applications, combining terrestrial and drone images

REDcatch develops survey equipment to enable direct georeferencing in close range photogrammetry applications. We aim at eliminating the need for physical Ground Control Points. The presentation will introduce the audience to this technique by presenting different use cases. Drone applications will be taken especially in account as well as the possibilities to combine different photogrammetric techniques. We will highlight opportunities as well as discuss the limits.

Lidar and Photogrammetry for Topographic Survey

YellowScan participated to a real-world comparison between UAV Lidar (YellowScan Surveyor), Terrestrial Laser Scanning (Trimble TX5), traditionnal photogrammetry using Ground Control Points as well as Aero-Triangulation techniques (DJI Inspire), as well as direct georeferencing of aerial images (OnyxStar drone with Applanix IMU). These tests were conducted in an active open-pit mine in South France under realistic operational constraints. The quality of the results, the workflows and the productivity of each method is analyzed.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Artificial Intelligence Revolutionizing Wildlife Monitoring and Conservation
Queensland University of Technology

Surveying threatened and invasive species to obtain accurate population estimates is an important but challenging task that requires a considerable investment in time and resources. Estimates using existing ground-based monitoring techniques, such as camera traps and surveys performed on foot, are known to be resource intensive, potentially inaccurate and imprecise, and difficult to validate. This workshop will present the features and results of a system and methodologies that includes thermal image acquisition as well as a video processing pipeline to perform object detection, classification and tracking of wildlife in forest or open areas.

Integrated Hyperspectral Drone- Airborne Sensing for Automated Crop and Environmental Assessments
Queensland University of Technology

This workshop will present the features, techniques and results of a system and methodology that uses hyperspectral imaging and advance machine learning methods for more automated assessments of agricultural crops and of the environment.

Accurate Hyperspectral Imaging with Drones
Helmholtz Institute Freiberg

We developed a new technique to combine photogrammetric and hyperspectral imaging in what we call a hypercloud. The 3D point cloud represents accurate hyperspectal spectra that can be used for mineral or vegetal characterization. Our next step is to include a magnetometer in order to get underground information.

What a Drone Company Needs to Know About Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights
Hanscom Alexeev McDaniel, LLC.

Drones and Intellectual Property. Patents, trademarks and copyrights aren’t as interesting as flying drones, but If you have a drone business, these types of intellectual property may prove very valuable in helping you to protect your ideas, brand names, and images. This seminar covers the basics of intellectual property with a special section on how drone photographers can protect their photographs.

Design and Fabrication of a Flapping Wing UAV
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

The talk will focus on the design methodology for building a flapping wing UAV. Prof. Das and his student Joydeep Bhowmik have successfully designed and built several flying birds including hovering bird with wing-span of 30cm to 100cm. 1.5m wing-span flying bird can carry a small camera as payload and is able to take pictures for surveillance. The endurance of flying for these birds varies between 10-60minutes. The talk will highlight the design process using theory and wind tunnel experiments. The work is supported by NPMICAV programme of AR&DB and DST and IIT Kanpur, India

2016 PROGRAM REVIEW (14-15 October 2016)

Novel sensor systems for the future applications using UAV
Fraunhofer IZM

A workshop titled ‘Novel Sensor Systems For The Future Applications Using UAV’ will be given at DRONE Berlin by Fraunhofer Institute, one of the leading organisations of applied research in Europe. Today, mostly UAVs are used with cameras for FPV or optical surveillance. Recently IR and HSI sensors have also become an addition to the sensor tool box. Fraunhofer Institute is pursuing miniaturization of sensors, enabling future UAV´s to carry, albeit remaining lightweight, a multitude of sensor (arrays) for maximizing their usability in the industrial and R&D environment.

Thermal imaging system for drones
Workswell s.r.o.

Workswell WIRIS is unique thermal imaging system for unmanned aircraft. It is a compact system that combines thermal camera, a digital camera and a control unit. Workswell WIRIS system is a comprehensive solution that gives “airial” thermography completely new possibilities. Control of the system, measurement capabilities and ease of use are the same as in handheld thermal imagers. Except that in this case is the controlled camera a few hundred meters from the user, and everything can be done with switches of standard RC controller. Workswell WIRIS is revolutionary between the thermal imaging systems primarily due to its possibility of full control in real time during the flight via very standard RC controller. Remotely, it is possible to view and store fully radiometric image data (images and video) – ie. records that retain all the information about the capturing parameters, which can be subsequently fully processed in the supplied software.

Alien SkyWalker with Multi-payloads
South Surveying & Mapping Instrument Group

An alien-shaped and tactically designed hexacopter is perfectly facilitated with airborne RTK/PPK chipset based on SteadiCam system and other payload options such as integrated 5-lens camera unit, lightweight LiDAR scanner, thermal imager, multispectral camera, etc. This SkyWalker has been well prepared for your precise 2-dimensional productions, the extensive oblique 3D aerial photogrammetric modelings as well as other applications related to survey purposes, like inspection, investigation, broadcasting, etc. And such SkySolutions will definitely help you a great deal to get your jobs well done in the air.

Part 2: Artificial Intelligence for Autonomous Group Behavior Drone
Dr. Taoufik Nouri, Fachhochschule

During this workshop, Steering Behaviors technics such as Seek a goal, Flee a drone, Arrive at position, Pursuit a drone, Evade a drone, Obstacle Avoidance, Interpose between two drones, Hide a done, Path Following, Offset Pursuit etc. will be presented. These behaviors were originally developed in the AI field. We adapt them to our drones equipped with six sonars and XBee devices.

Part 1: Artificial Intelligence Steering Behaviors for Autonomously Drone

During this workshop we present drones group behaviors such as separation between drones, alignment of drones, cohesion of drones etc. These steering behaviors combined together let drones flying in a flocking. These behaviors were originally developed in the AI field. We adapt them to our drones equipped with six sonars and XBee devices.

Obstacle detection using a miniaturized radar sensor operating at 120GHz ISM band
Silicon Radar GmbH & University of Paderborn

Currently, all drone manufactures face the same problem: flight safety utility will become mandatory to obtain the legal admission for broad commercial use of drones. This means that on-board obstacle detection and collision avoidance is a must-have in order to overcome existing legal barriers and acceptance issues. Some of the currently available sensors are too large, too heavy, or can be poorly integrated into existing systems. During the exhibition a demonstration of a novel micro-sensor operating at 120 GHz will be given and participants will have the chance to experience the device first-hand.

Successful practice of using drones in agro insurance

Claim assessment in crop insurance is a time- and cost-consuming process, which is also subject to fraud and the human error. In our workshop we will demonstrate how the use of aerial images obtained with a UAV allows not only to significantly speed up this process, but also to save money on payouts, due to more precise loss estimation, and eliminate the human factor and opportunities for fraud. We will also share our perspective on how drones will transform the process and procedures of agro insurance in the near future. In the next 5 years, drones will be incorporated in crop insurance products, making underwriting and claim processing objective and fraud-free. Aerial big data, collected by drones and stored in the cloud, will allow the prediction of insurance events and more precise calculation of premia.

Continuously Variable Bandpass Filters for Hyperspectral Imaging
Delta Optical Thin Film A/S

Hyperspectral imaging has been used in applications such as satellite imaging, air reconnaissance and other not overly price sensitive markets. Classical HSI cameras use prisms or grating as dispersive elements. They are bulky, sensitive to misalignment and very expensive. Alternative approaches makes HSI attractive for use with drones, for example in precision farming and other applications. Continuously Variable Bandpass Filters for mid-size and full-frame CCD/CMOS sensors allow the design of very compact, robust and affordable HSI detectors that are ideally suited for drones and UAV.

Visual Navigation for Flying Robots
Project Artemis

Indoor and outdoor navigation for small UAVs like quadrotors is still far from being a solved problem and most research and demonstration of visual navigation solutions have been conducted on traditional CPU architectures. Due to high computation demands of a full vision-based navigation stack (depth extraction, odometry, mapping, planning, and control) a heavy and often power-hungry onboard computer is needed to simultaneously run all the tasks onboard. For this presentation, we demonstrate a quadrotor UAV equipped with Nvidia's Jetson TX1 embedded GPU compute module and high-speed stereo vision system, running our complete navigation stack onboard, at a tenth of the weight and power consumption of our previous generation vehicles running Intel processors. Our compact quadrotor is capable of tight, fast maneuvers and safe GPS-denied indoor hover, with onboard sense-and-avoid and precision landing.

Turns any professional drone into a reliable, efficient and safe inspection tool

The Airobot Ranger is a must-have tool for industrial inspections. The Ranger offers a solution for industrial drones to display the distance to the object of interest on a smartphone together with audio feedback. We will announce our new product, the Airobot Pilot, at Drone Berlin. The Pilot provides extra security by automatically keeping the drone at a safe distance from an object. Robust centimeter-accurate GNSS keeps the drone at a fixed position, even near high voltage lines, to focus the camera.

Innovative collision avoidance assistent and teaching and development test case
Universität Würzburg

A workshop titled ‘Embedded Qopter presents innovative collision avoidance assistent and Teaching and Development test case’ (German: Embedded Qopter präsentiert innovativen Kollisionsvermeidungsassistenten sowie Entwicklungs-&-Lehraufbau) will be given at DRONE Berlin by Embedded Qopter, the project promoted by EXIST in cooperation with University Würzburg. The Embedded Qopter Project is experienced in developing and programming multicopters and innovative extensions with individual demands. In the area of automation we benefit of our long-term experience. Current innovations are the Collision Avoidance Assistant (CAA) and the Quadrotor Control System (QCS). The CAA is a modular anti-collision system supporting the pilot in his work with multicopters and paves the way for advanced autonomous missions. The QCS is a platform for pupils and students providing hardware and software for focused practical experience in the areas of signal processing, control theory, real time systems and related subjects.

Are you a drone operator looking to make your business fly?

$127 billion. That’s the value of the of drone powered solutions market, according to PWC. However, despite the obvious advantages that drone equipped with cameras and sensors bring to a multitude of industries, most drone operators are still struggling to make their business fly. During this powerful talk, Edoardo Calvi Musini, Founder & CEO at GetYourPilot, will present how drone operators can distinguish themselves, understand customers’ needs and keep their drones in the air.

Intellectual Property for the UAV Industry: Droning On And On About Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights
Hanscom Alexeev McDaniel, LLC

Many entrepreneurs have great ideas, but turning an idea into a profitable business is not so easy. The world of intellectual property is not an easy one to understand, and there are all sorts of misconceptions and “urban legends” that can lead an inventor or business down the wrong path, and sometimes it is a one-way ticket to disaster. Is it OK to write your own provisional and then expect a patent attorney to later “fix the mistakes” with a utility application? What makes for a good trademark name? If you have a copyright whenever you create something, why bother registering the copyright? Can you just “design patent” your invention to protect others from copying your technology? Find out the answers to these questions and more at this workshop.