After the workshops and presentations at ERF and ICRA it was the turn of the ICUAS conference, held this year in Atlanta (Georgia, USA). The GRVC members Pablo Ramón Soria, Jesús Capitán, Antonio Martín and the head Aníbal Ollero were present in this event to talk in several papers about the advances in the H2020 projects AEROARMS, HYFLIERS, RESIST and Multidrone, as well as the ERC Advanced Grant Project GRIFFIN. 

Pablo Ramón Soria presented his paper “Planning System for Integrated Autonomous Infrastructure Inspection Using UAVs“, included in the H2020 projects HYFLIERS and RESIST. This paper adresses the issue of the applications of UAS and planning algorithms in the structural inspections, and how the UAS can inspect unreachable locations.

Secondly, the GRVC professor Jesús Capitán presented the paper “Risk Assessment Based on SORA Methodology for a UAS Media Production Application“, which describes the application of the SORA methodology to perform a risk assessment of an operation for aerial cinematography to be conducted with an autonomous small team of UAS developed in the EU-funded MULTIDRONE project.

The day following (Thursday June 13th) the GRVC head Anibal Ollero talked in the regular session entitled “Energy efficient UAS”. Also, the researcher Antonio Martín Alcántara presented the first publication inside the ERC Advanced Grant GRIFFIN project.  This publication exposes how the first prototype of GRFFIN’s ornithopter works and how it reproduces the behaviour of the birds and could improve the safety and efficiency of multi-rotor devices.

During the last day of the conference Anibal Ollero presented the paper “ROS-MAGNA, a ROS-Based Framework for the Definition and Management of Multi-UAS Cooperative Missions”, focused on the presentation of a general framework for the definition and management of cooperative missions for multiple Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) based on the Robot Operating System (ROS). This framework makes transparent the type of autopilot on-board and creates the state machines that control the behaviour of the different UAS from the specification of the multi-UAS mission.