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Welcome to the website of the Robotics and Perception Group led by Prof. Davide Scaramuzza. Our lab was founded in February 2012 and is part of the Department of Informatics at the University of Zurich.


Our mission is to develop autonomous machines that can navigate all by themselves using only onboard cameras, without relying on external infrastructure, such as GPS or motion capture systems. Our interests encompass both ground and micro flying robots, as well as multi-robot heterogeneous systems consisting of the combination of these two. We do not want our machines to be passive, but active, in that they should react to and navigate within their environment so as to gain the best knowledge from it.

News

May 25, 2016

Software Release: Information Gain Based Active Reconstruction Framework

The software package corresponding to the paper An Information Gain Formulation for Active Volumetric 3D Reconstruction is now available from our Github page. This is a general, open-source, framework for volumetric reconstruction that is object, sensor, and robot-agnostic. Some results can be see in this YouTube video.


May 23, 2016

New visiting researcher from Toyota Research Institute Boston

Welcome to Dr. Naveen Kuppuswamy, our new visiting researcher from Toyota Research Institute Boston (MA)!


May 10, 2016

Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship


Elias Mueggler, a PhD student in our lab, won a Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship with his proposal "Event-based Vision for High-Speed Robotics"!


February 12, 2016

RPG receives huge media coverage worldwide!

We received huge media coverage for our research on autonomous drone navigation in the forests using Deep Neural Network; among these, Discovery Channel Canada and NBC News.


February 11, 2016

RPG on IEEE Spectrum and Robohub

Our recent work on autonomous navigation in the forests using Deep Neural Networks makes it to IEEE Spectrum and Robohub.


February 10, 2016

RPG on SRF Tagesschau

Our recent work on autonomous navigation in the forests using Deep Neural Networks makes it to the Swiss National TV News channel: SRF Tagesschau.


February 10, 2016

Our drones use DNNs to learn to recognize and follow forest trails in search for missing people

This research appeared in the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letter, will be presented at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA'16) and is nominated for the best AAAI video Award. Journal paper. More info. YouTube video.


January 15, 2016

Davide Scaramuzza Associate Faculty of the Wyss Zurich

Davide Scaramuzza was appointed Associate Faculty at Wyss Zurich, the new translational center of UZH and ETH Zurich dedicated to regenerative and robotics technologies.


January 14, 2016

One of our students receives a prize from Homegate at HackZurich!

Titus Cieslewski, a PhD student in our lab, has received a prize from Homegate during the HackZurich hackathon, for the project Wonsch. He and his team were among the top 3 of the 20 teams that participated in the Homegate challenge during the hackathon.


January 1, 2016

New PhD student

Welcome to Titus Cieslewski as a new PhD student in our lab!

January 1, 2016

Davide Scaramuzza from Magic to Robotics!

NCCR Robotics interviews Davide Scaramuzza about how his academic path, from working as a magician in theatres and public squares to pay his undergraduate studies to becoming a robotics professor (LINK).


November 4, 2015

RPG at the Swiss Robotics Industry day

NCCR Robotics organized the Swiss Robotics Industry day at EPFL Lausanne. We showed the collaboration of a flying robot with a legged robot from ETH Zurich. Some highlights are shown in a video by Le Matin.


October 31, 2015

Interview with Davide Scaramuzza on Robohub

An interview with Davide Scaramuzza was published on Robots Podcast and Robohub. Check out our media page!


October 2, 2015

RPG shows live demos at IROS'15 workshop

We show live quadrotor demos at the IROS'15 workshop on Vision-based Control and Navigation of Small, Lightweight UAVs. The workshop is organized by Giuseppe Loianno (UPenn), Davide Scaramuzza and Vijay Kumar (UPenn).


October 2, 2015

Davide Scaramuzza gives tutorial at IROS'15 workshop

Davide Scaramuzza gives a tutorial on event-based vision at the IROS'15 workshop on Alternative Sensing for Robot Perception: Beyond Laser and Vision.


September 15, 2015

New research assistant

Welcome to Michael Gassner as a new research assistant in our lab!


September 5 and 6, 2015

RPG at Scientifica 2015

The Robotics and Perception Group showed their research at Scientifica, the sciene fair of ETH and University of Zurich. 25.000 visitors attended the event. Have a look at the gallery!


July 13, 2015

RSS'15 Best Paper Award Finalist

Christian Forster's RSS'15 paper is Best Paper Award Finalist at RSS'15!


June 29, 2015

Two new papers accepted for RSS'15, one for ECMR'15!

Check out our publication list.


June 15, 2015

New PhD student

Welcome to Henri Rebecq as a new PhD student in our lab!

May 30, 2015

ICRA'15 workshop on Innovative Sensing for Robotics

Andrea Censi (MIT) and Davide Scaramuzza organized a workshop on Innovative Sensing for Robotics at ICRA'15!


April 14, 2015

RPG research featured on IEEE Spectrum

Our latest work on failure recovery from agressive flight IEEE Spectrum. For more details, see the ICRA'15 paper and the accompanying video.


April 14, 2015

New PhD student

Welcome to Davide Falanga as a new PhD student in our lab!

March 30, 2015

Three new papers accepted for ICRA'15!

Check out our publication list.


March 20, 2015

RPG at CeBIT

RPG showcased its autonomous quadrotors and live 3D reconstruction at this year's CeBIT, the world's largest computer expo! See some pictures in our gallery.


March 15, 2015

3 new journal papers accepted!

Check out our publication list.


February 1, 2015

RPG celebrates 3-year anniversary!

In this clip, we summarize our main achievements, projects, awards, exhibitions, and upcoming videos! Watch our YouTube video!


November 21, 2014

Davide Scaramuzza wins ERC Starting Grant (1.5 million EUR)

Davide Scaramuzza wins ERC Starting Grant, through the Swiss National Science Foundation.


October 29, 2014

Best Paper Award Finalists

Our SSRR'14 paper on "Aerial-guided Navigation of a Ground Robot among Movable Obstacles" was selected as Finalist for the Best Paper Award. Our ICRA'14 paper "REMODE: Probabilistic, Monocular Dense Reconstruction in Real Time" was nominated as Finalist for the NCCR Best PostDoc Paper Award.


October 21, 2014

RPG Master student wins Fritz Kutter Award!

Our former Master student Basil Huber won the 2014 Fritz Kutter Award for Industry Related Thesis in Computer Science. His thesis was on High-Speed Pose Estimation using a Dynamic Vision Sensor. Congratulations!


October 7, 2014

RPG research featured on IEEE Spectrum

Our latest work on event-based vision was featured on IEEE Spectrum. For more details, see the IROS'14 paper and the accompanying video.


October 1, 2014

New Postdoc and visiting students

We welcome Dr. Manuel Werlberger as new Postdoc in our lab! We are also happy to host Junije Zhang and Zichao Zhang as visiting PhD students.


September 9, 2014

New paper accepted for SSRR'14!

Check out our publication list.


September 6, 2014

Attend our live quadrotor demo at ECCV workshop on Sep. 6

We will demonstrate autonomous, vision-based flight and live dense 3D mapping with a quadrotor MAV at the ECCV workshop on Computer Vision in Vehicle Technology on Sep. 6 at 5:30pm. Watch here the video preview.


August 1, 2014

New Postdocs and visiting students

We welcome Dr. Guillermo Gallego and Dr. Jeff Delmerico as new Postdocs in our lab! We are also happy to host Antonio Toma, Gabriele Costante, Nathaly Gasparin, Ra'Eesah Mangera, Kumar Shaurya Shankar and Xin Yu as visiting students this year.


June 17, 2014

RPG gets Google Tango

Many thanks to Google Tango!


June 4, 2014

Davide Scaramuzza wins IEEE Robotics and Automation Early Career Award!


Davide Scaramuzza wins the 2014 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Career Award "for his major contributions to robot vision and visually-guided micro aerial vehicles".


June 4, 2014

RPG wins KUKA Innovation Award!


The Robotics and Perception Group wins the KUKA Innovation Award (20.000 EUR) with its demonstration of collaboration of flying and ground robots for search-and-rescue missions. Watch a video of the demo at AUTOMATICA.


June 2, 2014

Software Release: SVO - Semi-Direct Visual Odometry

The software corresponding to the paper SVO: Fast Semi-direct Monocular Visual Odometry can now be downloaded from our Github page. The source code is released under a GPLv3 licence. A professional edition license for closed-source projects is also available.


June 1, 2014

RPG appears among the European robotics success stories

RPG appears among the best 12 European robotics success stories advertised by EU commission. Read the full article.


May 30, 2014

RPG research featured on MIT News

Our latest work on event-based vision was featured in the MIT News. For more details, see the ICRA'14 paper.


May 17, 2014

Two new papers accepted for RSS'14 and IROS'14!

Check out our publication list.


February 18, 2014

Davide Scaramuzza wins Google Faculty Research Award!

Many thanks to Google!


January 14, 2014

Eight new papers accepted for ICRA'14!

Check out our publication list.


December 2, 2013

Amazon Prime Air visits RPG

Daniel Buchmüller, co-founder and software engineer at Amazon Prime Air, visited us.

December 2, 2013

RPG featured on SRF 10vor10

The Robotics and Perception Group was featured in the news programme 10vor10 of the Swiss National TV (SRF). Check the video!

November 26, 2013

KUKA Best Student Project Award 2013!

Benjamin Keiser won the KUKA Best Student Project Award 2013 with his Master thesis Torque Control of a KUKA youBot Arm that he did with the Robotics and Perception Group. A demonstration of the capabilities of his controller is shown in this video.

November 20, 2013

RPG featured on arte X:enius

The Robotics and Perception Group was featured in a documentary on the German-French TV channel ARTE. Check both the German and French version!

November 19, 2013

Henri Seydoux, CEO of Parrot, visits RPG

Henri Seydoux, CEO and founder of Parrot, the company making the popular toy quadrocopter AR.Drone, visited us.

November 6, 2013

Open position in Embedded Computer Vision

Open position at the Robotics and Perception Group. Check here.

November 5, 2013

RPG organizes IROS'13 Workshop on MAVs

We are organizing the first international workshop on Vision-based Closed-Loop Control and Navigation of Micro Helicopters in GPS-denied Environments, featuring amazing live flight demonstrations!

November 3, 2013

RPG presents four papers at IROS'13

We will be presenting papers in sessions Localization II (Nov. 4) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles IV (Nov. 5).

August 31, 2013

RPG was featured in a report about Scientifica 2013 on Radio SRF 1

The report can be found here.

August 1, 2013

New Postdoc

We welcome Sergei Lupashin as a new Postdoc in our lab!

July 31, 2013

Five new papers accepted for IROS'13 and ECMR'13!

Check out our publication list.

June 1, 2013

New Postdoc

We welcome Reza Sabzevari as a new Postdoc in our lab!

May 4, 2013

Join RPG at ICRA'13

RPG will give two talks at ICRA'13: one by Christian Forster (ThDInt.14) and one by Davide Scaramuzza (link)

April 29, 2013

A Documentary about RPG in the Swiss TV

A documentary by the Swiss TV about our autonomus helicopters for search and rescue(link to original article)

April 20, 2013

RPG participates at the Swiss Robotics Festival

The Swiss Robotics Festival is the largest Swiss Robotics exhibition, which this year attracted more than 20,000 participants. What some impressions from our demonstrations! (link)

April 1, 2013

New PhD student

Welcome to Flavio Fontana as a new PhD student in our lab!

March 31, 2013

RPG featured in the IEEE Spectrum News and Gizmodo

Our Easter video featuring a ground and an aerial robot got featured in IEEE Spectrum News and Gizmodo, the famous technology review webblogs. Read the articles: IEEE Spectrum and Gizmodo.

February 28, 2013

RPG featured in the Weltwoche magazine

Weltwoche, a Swiss weekly magazine, talks about drones in the daily life. Read the article: "Der Spion von deinem Fenster" (German only).

December 1, 2012

Three new visiting PhD Students

Welcome to Chiara Troiani from INRIA, Volker Grabe from Max Planck Institute, and Damiano Verda from University of Genoa, who will join us for six months.

December 1, 2012

Two new PhD Students

Welcome to Matthias F�ssler and Elias M�ggler as new PhD students in our lab!

December 19, 2012

Student Projects Available for Spring 2013

UZH and ETH Students are welcome to apply for a project at our lab. — More information

November 1, 2013

Four new members

We welcome Dr. Matia Pizzoli and Dr. Andras Majdik, our two new postdocs, and to Yanhua Jiang and Volker Grabe, our new visiting PhD students!

September 16, 2013

New visiting postdoc

Welcome to Dr. Andrea Censi, our new visiting postdoc for three months!

September 1, 2012

Davide Scaramuzza at TEDxZurich

Prof. Davide Scaramuzza has been invited to give a talk at TEDxZurich on October 25, 2012.

July 7, 2012

RSS Workshop

Join the talk about Christian Forster's work on Collaborative Visual SLAM with Multiple MAVs at the RSS workshop on integration of perception with control and navigation for resource-limited, highly dynamic, autonomous systems.

May 17, 2012

Davide Scaramuzza wins European Young Researcher Award 2012

Congratulations! Download the press release.

May 1, 2012

New PhD Student

We welcome Christian Forster as new PhD student in our lab!

April 23, 2012

sFly on IEEE News

The European project sFly, coordinated by Davide Scaramuzza, gets a log of media attention and gets featured on IEEE News. Read it here.

Video Highlights

February 10, 2016

We used Deep Neural Networks to teach our drones to recognize and follow forest trails to search for missing people. Journal Paper. More info.

May 25, 2016

Our active volumetric reconstruction software framework is now released open source. More details in our ICRA'16 paper.

March 30, 2015

Our latest work on failure recovery from aggressive flight and how to launch a quadrotor by throwing it in the air! ICRA'15 paper.

March 30, 2015

Our latest work on autonomous landing-site detection and landing with onboard monocular vision! ICRA'15 paper.

February 1, 2015

To celebrate our lab's 3-year anniversary, we summarize in this clip our main achievements, projects, awards, exhibitions, and upcoming videos!

October 24, 2014

Our latest work on Aerial-guided Navigation of a Ground Robot among Movable Obstacles. More details in our SSRR'14 paper.

October 7, 2014

Our latest work on Appearance-based Active, Monocular, Dense Reconstruction for Micro Aerial Vehicles. More details in our RSS'14 paper.

September 15, 2014

Our latest work on event-based vision: 6-DOF Pose Tracking for High-Speed Maneuvers. More details in our IROS'14 paper.

September 6, 2014

Our quadrotor demo trailer: autonomous navigation, live dense 3D reconstruction, and collaborative grasping.

June 6, 2014

Our demo at the KUKA Innovation Award that shows the collaboration of flying and ground robots for search-and-rescue missions

February 25, 2014

Autonomous Vision-based Flight over a Disaster Zone using SVO (more details)

February 19, 2014

SVO - our new visual odometry pipeline for MAV state estimation. More details in our ICRA'14 paper.

February 19, 2014

Our latest work on probabilistic, monocular dense reconstruction in real time. More details in our ICRA'14 paper.

February 19, 2014

Our monocular pose estimation system that is released as open-source. More details in our ICRA'14 paper.

November 26, 2013

Torque Control of a KUKA youBot Arm (Master thesis of Benjamin Keiser)

August 7, 2013

Watch the video for our new IROS'13 paper "Air-Ground Localization and Map Augmentation Using Monocular Dense Reconstruction".

August 7, 2013

Check out our new IROS'13 paper "MAV Urban Localization from Google Street View Data".

August 7, 2013

Watch the video for our new IROS'13 paper "Collaborative Monocular SLAM with Multiple Micro Aerial Vehicles".

October 25, 2012

Autonomous Vision-Controlled Micro Flying Robots: Davide Scaramuzza at TEDxZurich.