RPG members

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

Our mission is to develop autonomous machines that can navigate by themselves using only onboard sensors, and mainly cameras, without relying on external reference systems, 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.


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 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 6, 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.

May 17, 2014

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

Check our publication list.

February 18, 2014

RPG gets Google research grant

Many thanks to Google!

January 14, 2014

Eight new papers accepted for ICRA'14!

Check 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 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

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 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.