PRG Seminar Series


Robotics And Computer Vision

Autonomous Agile Human Friendly Drones

Video is available here.


Giuseppe Loianno

Assistant Professor

Electrical and Computer Engineering and

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Tandon School of Engineering

New York University


Friday, March 29, 2019

11:00 AM

J.M. Patterson 2121


Drones are starting to play a major role in several tasks such as search and rescue, interaction with the environment, inspection, patrolling and monitoring. Agile navigation of Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAVs) through unknown environments poses a number of challenges in terms of perception, state estimation, planning, and control. To achieve this, MAVs have to localize themselves and coordinate between each other in unstructured environments. In this talk, I will present some recent research results on high speed and agile flight maneuvers for navigation, transportation, physical environment interaction, and human drone collaboration using a minimal on-board sensor suite composed by a single camera system and IMU. Finally, I will also present some recent achievements that can improve the autonomy of micro and nano platforms recovering the robot’s state just using inertial data and optionally the information from vision sensors.


Prof. Giuseppe Loianno is an assistant professor at the New York University and director of the Agile Robotics and Perception Lab ( working on autonomous Micro Aerial Vehicles. Prior to NYU he was a lecturer, research scientist, and team leader at the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his BSc and MSc degrees in automation engineering, both with honors, from the University of Naples "Federico II" in December 2007 and February 2010, respectively. He received his PhD in computer and control engineering focusing in robotics in May 2014 in the PRISMA Lab group. Dr. Loianno has published more than 50 conference papers, journal papers, and book chapters. His research interests include visual odometry, sensor fusion, and visual servoing for micro aerial vehicles. He is worldwide recognized for his expertise in autonomy for agile small scale aircrafts. He received the Conference Editorial Board Best Reviewer Award at ICRA 2016, National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Young Investigator Award 2018. He is the program chair for IEEE SSRR 2019. He has organized multiple workshops on Micro Aerial Vehicles during IROS conferences and created the new International Symposium on Aerial Robotics (ISAR). His work has been featured in a large number of renowned international news and magazines.