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Seminar: Making Aerial Robotics Safer in the Face of External Disturbances

Professor Mark Mueller, University of California, Berkeley
Thursday, November 21, 2019, 11:00 am
Scott Laboratory
201 W. 19th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210


Flying robots, such as multicopters, are increasingly becoming part of our everyday lives, with current and future applications including personal transportation, delivery services, entertainment, and aerial sensing. These systems are expected to be safe and to have a high degree of autonomy. This talk will discuss the dynamics and control of multicopters, with a focus on making these vehicles more robust to external disturbances, and component failures. We will discuss some mechanical modifications that lead to safer vehicles, and vehicles with fundamentally new capabilities; and the design process that leads to them. Specifically, the presentation will show a vehicle that is capable of rejecting large external disturbances, a vehicle that can operate in very constrained environments, and a multi-vehicle system capable of much longer flight than a single multicopter.

About the speaker

 Mark Mueller is an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests are on the dynamics and control of highly agile robotics, with a focus on aerial robotics and applications. Specific topics of interest include motion planning, disturbance rejection, and safety. He received a B.Eng. in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Pretoria in 2008, and his M.Sc. and Dr.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at the ETH Zurich.

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