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USA and Europe Cooperation in Mini UAVs

Final Report Summary - UECIMUAVS (USA and Europe Cooperation in Mini UAVs)

This project represents research collaboration in the innovative and promising topic of UAVs in-between research institutions from Europe and USA (Polytechnic University of Madrid, Linköping University in Sweden, Arizona State University). The live motive of the project has been the coordination between the complementary activities of mentioned institutions in order to push the state of the art of UAVs for their applications in the civil arena.

The main technical objectives have been:
• Development of a general frame software structure, called Aerostack, that allows both, to be used as a powerful and flexible tool for the development of new software modules for UAVs, and it can also be used by final end-users to define complex missions by writing them in a new created TML language. Se Fig 1: Aerostack

• Development of generic Visual based Pose Estimation tools, that can be fused with other usual sensors (e.g. imu, altimeters, gps) in order to highly improve the relative position of the UAV related to its nearby environment. This relevant feature can provide the UAVs with the necessary autonomy for interacting with the environment. See Figure2:demo.

• The coordination of the three institutions has allowed to merge the individual developments for several different UAVs, including multirootors, halicopters and fix-wing planes, and several applicaions areas, such as autonomous landing in moving platforms, precisssion agricultures, industrial inspection and see&avoid. See Figure3:mutirotors.

• Some of the developed techniques have successfully been used in several international competitions, in which the a representative team have obtained relevant prices regarding UAVs autonomy, including first prices and several special awards. See figure4:IMAV