Guido De Croon, PhD
Department of Aerospace Engineering
Delft University of Technology
Received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. His research interest lies with computationally efficient and often bio-inspired algorithms for robot autonomy, with an emphasis on computer vision. Since 2008 he has worked on algorithms for achieving autonomous flight with small and light-weight flying robots, such as the DelFly flapping wing MAV. In 2011-2012, he was a research fellow in the Advanced Concepts Team of the European Space Agency, where he studied topics such as optical flow based control algorithms for extraterrestrial landing scenarios. Currently, he is associate professor at TU Delft and scientific lead of the Micro Air Vehicle lab (MAV-lab) of Delft University of Technology.
Tom Richardson, PhD
Flight Lab, Bristol University.
Tom is a senior lecturer in flight dynamics and control at the University of Bristol. With a PhD in nonlinear control system design, he specializes in the application of modern control theory and novel sensors to Unmanned Air Systems (UAS). Tom has held an NPPL (pilots license) for over 15 years, runs the University of Bristol glider flight test course, and has been responsible for UAS operations in multiple countries. He has been granted permission multiple times for Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) operations, and holds the University of Bristol CAA UAS Permission for Commercial Operations. He has also run flight demonstrations and test flights for DSTL, BAE Systems, QinetiQ, DSTL and Roke Manor. Tom is also a founding partner of Perceptual Robotics which has recently been awarded 'Robotics & AI in Extreme Environments' funding by Innovate UK for Offshore Wind Turbine Inspection. https://www.perceptual-robotics.com/
Recent drone developments are having a significant impact on the way that volcanic emissions are being studied. This talk will cover collaborations between the Bristol University Flight Lab and Earth Science colleagues on field campaigns to a range of volcanoes worldwide. Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations have enabled ash samples to be collected and gas measurements to be made at distances up to 14km and altitudes up to 14,000ft above take-off. Target volcanoes include Fuego which is an active stratovolcano in Guatemala and is almost constantly active at a low level. Small gas and ash eruptions occur every 15 to 20 minutes and multiple flights have been carried out to collect a range of ash samples from within the plume. Most recently, Dr Richardson has been part of the international collaborative multi-drone ‘ABOVE’ field campaign to Manam and Rabul volcanoes in Papua New Guinea - the objective of which was to achieve the first simultaneous inter-comparison of ground, aerial, and satellite-based measurement techniques for volcanic gas (SO2) emissions.
Rogelio Lozano, PhD
Rogelio Lozano was born in Monterrey Mexico, on July 12, 1954. He received the B.S. degree in electronic engineering from the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico in 1975, the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados (CINVESTAV), Mexico in 1977, and the Ph.D. degree in automatic control from Laboratoire d'Automatique de Grenoble, France, in 1981. He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at CINVESTAV, Mexico, in 1981 where he worked until 1989. He was Head of the Section of Automatic Control from June 1985 to August 1987. He has held visiting positions at the University of Newcastle, Australia, from November 1983 to November 1984, NASA Langley Research Center VA, from August 1987 to August 1988, and Laboratoire d'Automatique de Grenoble, France, from February 1989 to July 1990. Since 1990 he is a CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) Research Director at University of Technology of Compiègne, France. He was Associate Editor of Automatica in the period 1987-2000. He is associate Editor of the Journal of Intelligent and Robotics Systems since 2012 and Associate Editor in the Int. J. of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing since 1988.
He has coordinated or participated in numerous French projects dealing with UAVs. He has recently organized 2 international workshops on UAVs (IFAC RED UAS 2013 and IEEE RAS RED UAS 2015). He participates in the organization of the annual international conference ICUAS (International Conference on Unmanned Aerial Systems) since 2010. He is IPC Chairman of the ICSTCC in Rumania since 2012. He was Head of Heudiasyc Laboratory in the period 1995-2007 and since 2008 He is Head of the Joint Mexican-French UMI 3175 CNRS. His areas of expertise include UAVs, mini-submarines, exo-squelettons and Automatic Control. He has been the advisor or co-advisor of more than 35 PhD theses and published more than 130 international journal papers and 10 books.