New aerial robotic manipulators for efficient and safe operation

Dr. Anibal Ollero
University of Seville
Head of the Robotics, Vision and Control Group
Scientific Advisor of the Center for Advanced Aerospace Technologies (CATEC)

The presentation focuses on new aerial robotic manipulation methods and technologies developed to deal with different operating conditions including sites with different accessibility requirements and dimensions, as well as requirements related to manipulation and safety conditions. Thus, emphasis is given to compliant aerial robots for free flight manipulation, and aerial robotic manipulators with the capability of autonomous landing and rolling to reach the manipulation location. Moreover, methods and technologies that are needed for a new generation of energy efficient and safe aerial robotic manipulators will be presented, with gliding and flapping flight capabilities, developed in the GRIFFIN Advanced Grant of the European Research Council.

Professor Ollero is IEEE Fellow “for contributions to the development and deployment of aerial robots”.

Biography: Anibal Ollero is a Full Professor at the University of Seville, where he has been Vice-Director of the Engineering School. He is currently the Head of the Robotics, Vision and Control Group (GRVC), and he also serves as a Scientific Advisor of the Center for Advanced Aerospace Technologies (CATEC). He received his Engineer degree and the Doctor Engineer degree with award from the University of Seville.

His areas of research interest include autonomous aerial systems, robotics and automation. He led projects funded by the European Commission, NASA, the Spanish National Research Program, the Regional Research Program, and many institutions and companies. He has more than 180 journal publications and 10 books, covering the topics from computer control, autonomous and distributed systems, robotics, telerobotics and teloperation, and aerial robotic manipulation.

Professor Ollero is IEEE Fellow “for contributions to the development and deployment of aerial robots”, co-chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Aerial Robotics and Unmanned Aerial Systems, and Member of the Board of Directors of euRobotics. He is also the President of the Spanish Society for Research and Development in Robotics (SEIDROB). He received many awards for his work, the most prestigious being the 31st King Jaume I Award in New Technologies in 2019.