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Tuesday, September 14
 

7:00am PDT

Welcome & Community Reception - Ramon Roche
Join Ramon Roche as we kick off PX4 Developer Summit 2021! Ramon will also recap what has happened since the last summit.


Tuesday September 14, 2021 7:00am - 7:30am PDT
Keynote Stage
  Keynote Sessions
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

7:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

Break & Networking & Meet the Sponsors
Tuesday September 14, 2021 8:30am - 8:55am PDT

8:40am PDT

Technology Innovation Institute Careers Breakout Session With Oksana Sandulenko
Visit the TII booth for their careers breakout session!

Tuesday September 14, 2021 8:40am - 8:45am PDT

8:55am PDT

A Novel Intelligent Inertial Navigation System - Ahmed AbdulMajuid, Cairo University
The primary estimator in PX4 is the Extended Kalman Filter (EKF). EKF first predicts the states using the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), then corrects them using the barometer, magnetometer, and GPS. When GPS lock is lost, horizontal position and velocity estimates deteriorate quickly. This talk presents a Recurrent Neural Network (RNN) that fuses the raw IMU, baro, and mag measurements to predict the local position without aiding from any external sensor. The RNN was trained on 465 public logs from the PX4 flight review database and validated on another 83 logs. The maximum position error (MPE) between the RNN predictions (without GPS) and EKF estimates (with GPS) in a single flight is used for accuracy assessment. The median MPE in the 83 validation flights is 35 meters. MPE values as low as 2.7 meters in a 5-minutes flight were achieved using the presented system. The RNN works on the ground station laptop in real-time, the sensors measurement are fed to the network via MAVROS and the position and velocity predictions are published to dedicated topics. Lighter versions of the network were tested on Jetson Nano and raspberry Pi 3 B+ with slightly decreased accuracy.

Speakers
avatar for Ahmed AbdulMajuid

Ahmed AbdulMajuid

Researcher, Cairo University
Ahmed AbdulMajuid is a graduate researcher at the Aerospace Engineering Department at Cairo University and has a MSc in flight control systems. His research spanned different areas of autonomous drones, including controller design and simulation, estimation and filtering, localization... Read More →



Tuesday September 14, 2021 8:55am - 9:10am PDT
Track 2
  Lightning Talks
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

8:55am PDT

Controllers Auto-tuning for Multirotors and Fixed-wing Vehicles - Mathieu Bresciani, Auterion
Proper tuning of low level controllers is a critical step when setting up a new drone. Trial and error manual tuning requires good piloting skills, tuning experience and is often only possible for PID controllers. In this presentation we will see how this process can be automated using an online (i.e.: running in real-time on the flight controller) self-tuning controller based on indirect adaptive control theory that can be used on various types of drones in order to tune the inner control loops at a click of a button.

Speakers
avatar for Mathieu Bresciani

Mathieu Bresciani

Senior Flight Control Engineer, Auterion
Working for 3 years as a flight control engineer at Auterion, I'm mostly focusing on state estimation (especially navigation), control, control allocation and guidance algorithms. Part of the PX4 dev team, I'm mainly contributing to EKF2 (navigation filter) and path planning for... Read More →



Tuesday September 14, 2021 8:55am - 9:25am PDT
Track 1
  Breakout Sessions
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

9:10am PDT

InnoDynamics: Industrial Grade OpenSource UAVCAN HITL Simulator for PX4 Autopilot - Roman Fedorenko & Dmitry Ponomarev, RaccoonLab.org
We present a new HITL simulation approach for UAV illustrated in the example of Innopolis vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. It's designed to work with a PX4 flight stack and unlike the existing common approaches of simulation, it allows to use of full hardware in the loop simulation utilizing the UAVCAN network. The new type of simulation covers more autopilot hardware-specific modules that could be useful especially because of the rapid development of the UAVCAN network in the UAV field. This simulator has a modular structure based on ROS. It allows users to interact with additional modules such as the realistic Innopolis Simulator and easily change current dynamics into another, for example, FlightGoggles. Simulation results are based on computational fluid dynamics analyses (CFD) and validated against recorded flight data and performance and limitations of this type of simulation are studied and shown in this work. The developed simulator contributes to the further development of the vehicle and can also be useful for developing UAVs based on the UAVCAN network. New UAVCAN HITL Simulator would be available at https://github.com/InnopolisAero/innopolis_vtol_dynamics

Speakers
avatar for Roman Fedorenko

Roman Fedorenko

Founder and CEO, RaccoonLab.org
Roman Fedorenko is the founder and CEO of RaccoonLab.org — a team of enthusiasts in field robotics and a new technology company based in Innopolis, a Russian brand-new innovation center. The company works on drone cinematography, UAVCAN electronics, new drone constructions, and... Read More →
avatar for Dmitry Ponomarev

Dmitry Ponomarev

Lead embedded software developer, RaccoonLab.org, Innopolis University
Dmitry Ponomarev is the lead software developer in RaccoonLab.org and in the Innopolis University Robotics center. He has 5+ years of experience in industrial software development. His current work focus is PX4 autopilot and RaccoonLab UAVCAN devices firmware development, UAV dynamics... Read More →



Tuesday September 14, 2021 9:10am - 9:25am PDT
Track 2
  Lightning Talks
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

9:30am PDT

Sponsored Lightning Talk: PX4 Development Kit & Holybro Pixhawk 5X Flight Controller - Vince Poon, Holybro
Pixhawk standards implementation process and introduction of the all-in-one PX4 Development Kit bundle with minimal hardware assembly requirement.

Speakers
avatar for Vince Poon

Vince Poon

Chief Technology Officer, Holybro
Vince has been involved with Holybro and the PX4 open-source community for over a year, connecting hardware manufacturers with the PX4 community to bring new drone products to the market while ensuring PX4 compatibility.



Tuesday September 14, 2021 9:30am - 9:45am PDT
Track 2
  Sponsored Talks
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

9:30am PDT

Sponsored Session: Zero Trust Drone System - Dr. Shreekant Thakkar, Technology Innovation Institute
Although we’ve heard of the term ‘Zero Trust’ for a while now, the concept has recently picked up momentum with businesses looking to proactively protect their data and infrastructure. With the shift to the cloud, Zero Trust is now almost a preferred business philosophy for CIOs and Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs), who are tasked with protecting their systems from outside attacks as well as from within the organization.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Shreekant (Ticky) Thakkar

Dr. Shreekant (Ticky) Thakkar

Chief Researcher, Technology Innovation Institute
Dr. Shreekant (Ticky) Thakkar, Chief Researcher at the Secure Systems Research Centre (SSRC) of Abu Dhabi’s Technology Innovation Institute (TII), will present a talk on how we approach this goal to design highly secure Zero Trust Drone Systems. He will also offer insight on our... Read More →



Tuesday September 14, 2021 9:30am - 10:00am PDT
Track 1
  Sponsored Talks
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

9:45am PDT

Omnipresense Speed Radar Implementation on PX4 Environment - Farhang Naderi, Eastern Mediterranean University
Many distance measurement sensors can be used recently for PX4 environment. They are widely used in drone industry. Omnipresense is one of the lead manufactuteres of precise distance and speed measurement sensors widely known in industry, Their sensors are being used on Road Speed monitoring devices and are trusted by governments and police, Recently, drones have found their ways to help police monitoring traffic in many ways. For instance, accidents can be analyzed much faster by an autonomous drone sent to the location than police themselves. We have implemented one of these Speed measurement sensors (OPS243-C) into an X500 drone frame equipped with PX4. The sensor is connected via serial interface directly to Pixhawk and the driver has already been implemented for it. The data is being received real time on the ground station. The user can easily use Qgroundcontrol software, send the drone to the required place on top of a highway lane and monitor passing by cars' speed. These speed values could be saved as a log text and analyzed later. The drone is equipped with a camera so the plate numbers can also be attached to the speed logs.

Speakers
avatar for Farhang Naderi

Farhang Naderi

Student/Research Assistant, Eastern Mediterranean University
Farhang Naderi is currently pursuing his master's degree in Eastern Mediterranean University with his thesis subject about drones and indoor navigation using AI and ML and is a research assistant in the Robotics course. He graduated with a Mechatronics Engineering degree and since... Read More →



Tuesday September 14, 2021 9:45am - 10:00am PDT
Track 2
  Lightning Talks
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

10:05am PDT

How to use MAVSDK and Offboard Mode for Precision Approach Without a Camera - Olaf Weber, Hansadrone
With drones being able to fly autonomously over reasonable distances and airspace authorities working to legalize autonomous flight, drone delivery is becoming a reality. It promises great advantages to deliver all kinds of goods right to your backyard in a short time and at low cost. But what if you don’t have a backyard? What if you live in an apartment building, how will the drone reach you? It already starts with the problem that your position is not exactly known: In the best case, you have a GNSS fix and can determine your position within +/-5m. In densely built-up areas, only cell-based positioning might be available with even larger tolerances. And 5m off already means a deviation of two floors up or down. Using a camera on the drone to recognize a marker is not an option because of privacy issues. This new precision navigation algorithm allows to define a safe approach corridor from the drone’s cruising altitude to the customers location and to guide the drone through that corridor into unknown territory. The solution does not require the drone to have a camera, so it does not cause privacy issues with other people. It even allows deliveries to places with no landing spot, like balconies or windows of apartment buildings.

Speakers
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Olaf Weber

CTO, Hansadrone
Olaf Weber is passionate about innovation and new technologies. He is the CTO of Hansadrone and drives the Overall Produkt Definition and development. Trained as an aerospace engineer, he has a 20 year track in product management, project management, software development and tech... Read More →



Tuesday September 14, 2021 10:05am - 10:35am PDT
Track 2
  Breakout Sessions
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

10:05am PDT

Ignition Gazebo for PX4 Software-In-The-Loop Simulations - Jaeyoung Lim, ETH Zurich
Ignition gazebo is a opensource robotics simulator, which provides high fidelity physics, rendering and various sensor models as part of the Ignition Robotics project. Ignition Gazebo is derived from the popular Gazebo simulator, which has been one of the most popular simulators in robotics for the academia and the industry. Since ignition gazebo provides interfaces for advanced rendering capabilities and sensors, testing simulated vehicles in ignition gazebo provides a flexible environment for testing advanced capabilities of the vehicle. In this talk, we discuss the new integration of the PX4 simulation environment into Ignition Gazebo and explain how ignition gazebo can help develop robust autonomous vehicles.

Speakers
avatar for Jaeyoung Lim

Jaeyoung Lim

PhD Candidate, ETH Zurich
Jaeyoung Lim is currently a PhD student at ETH Zurich, working on information driven robotics problems for long endurance UAVs. He is an active contributor and simulation component maintainer of the PX4 Autopilot project. Jaeyoung received his Masters in Mechanical Engineering, ETH... Read More →



Tuesday September 14, 2021 10:05am - 10:35am PDT
Track 1
  Breakout Sessions
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

10:35am PDT

Break & Networking
Tuesday September 14, 2021 10:35am - 10:45am PDT

10:45am PDT

Keynote Session: Is There Anybody (else) Out There? - Tully Foote, Community & Business Development Manager, Open Robotics
The drone industry is growing rapidly. All the different parts of the ecosystem grow and evolve together.  PX4 is an important component and is helping drive this growth. Let’s take a moment to look ahead at where things are likely to go. How can we be prepared strategically for the next cycles of the evolution of the industry instead of just being reactionary? What will be necessary for success? And can we shape the evolution of the industry?

Speakers
avatar for Tully Foote

Tully Foote

Community and Business Development Manager, Open Robotics
Tully Foote is the Community and Business Development Manager at Open Robotics. He started his career working on autonomous cars for the DARPA Grand Challenges. From there he worked on ROS at Willow Garage and later Open Robotics in many different roles. He has worked on a large variety... Read More →



Tuesday September 14, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am PDT
Keynote Stage
  Keynote Sessions
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

11:50am PDT

Sponsored Session: Skynode: Fast-track from Autopilot to a Finished Product - Nico van Duijn, Auterion
In this session Nico van Duijn will outline how you can use Skynode as a fast-track from autopilot to a finished product. Learn how to accelerate your development process to power drones with the software, payloads and workflow integrations that the market demands. Hear how Skynode is reducing the time and cost of designing, integrating and maintaining hardware and software, to enable teams across the industry to focus exclusively on building their core product.


Speakers
avatar for Nico van Duijn

Nico van Duijn

Engineering Manager, Auterion
Nico is an Engineering Manager at Auterion, leading a team of developers to develop and expand Skynode, the world's first fully integrated framework for drone development. Nico has a master degree in robotics from ETH Zurich and a background in electrical engineering and computer... Read More →



Tuesday September 14, 2021 11:50am - 12:20pm PDT
Track 1 & 2
  Sponsored Talks
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

12:20pm PDT

Break & Networking
Tuesday September 14, 2021 12:20pm - 12:50pm PDT

12:50pm PDT

Sponsored Lightning Talk: 5G Advancing the Next Generation of Open Source Drones - Chad Sweet, ModalAI, Inc.
5G is a game changer for autonomous drones. In the current landscape, communications to your drone executing a critical mission may fail because of poor connectivity. When operating on a 5G network, a drone benefits from ultra-high reliability and low-latency connectivity. A 5G connection and open source CV/AI foundation alone are crucial for any state-of-the-art drone, but together, they bring reliable and powerful flight for autonomous drones everywhere. Join Chad Sweet, CEO and co-founder of ModalAI, as he explores how 5G will advance the next generation of open source drones and accelerate mission-critical use cases that will catalyze the mass adoption of autonomous drones.

Speakers
avatar for Chad Sweet

Chad Sweet

CEO and Co-founder, ModalAI, Inc.
Chad Sweet is the co-founder and CEO of ModalAI®, a Blue UAS Framework manufacturer of autonomous autopilots for drones and ground robots. Sweet is highly experienced in robotics R&D, and during his 20 years at Qualcomm, led efforts in computer vision and wireless communications... Read More →



Tuesday September 14, 2021 12:50pm - 1:05pm PDT
Track 2
  Sponsored Talks
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

12:50pm PDT

Towards More Secure, Resilient and Safer Drones Thanks to the PX4 Autopilot System. - Jukka Laitinen, Technology Innovation Institute
Unsecure drone systems may pose threats to our privacy, cyber security and our physical safety. Secure Systems Research Centre at Technology Innovation Institute (TII/SSRC) wants to be involved in making the current drone platform better, more secure and resilient for the safe use of hobbyists, commercial and governmental authorities. TII/SSRC will now be presenting how the PX4 Firmware is used to enable drone security research and what basic security improvements are being developed for encryption, memory protection and a more secure hardware. In addition, TII/SSRC will be presenting a security enabled hardware platform onto which the PX4 Autopilot software was ported and with those changes extreme levels of performance are achieved. The hardware platform is based on RISC-V application grade CPU cores, and it is capable of running multiple operating systems in parallel. Furthermore, the hardware platform integrates hardware accelerated cryptography on a single SoC. Porting the PX4 Autopilot on this new HW is done in order to enable new exploratory paths in drone software development for TII/SSRC's research partners.

Speakers
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Jukka Laitinen

Drone SW Lead Engineer and Architect, Technology Innovation Institute
Jukka has more than 20 years of software experience in application fields such as electric distribution, IOT, mobile phones and drone systems. He specializes in real-time software, software architecture and OS internals. He is currently a Drone Software Lead Engineer and Architect... Read More →



Tuesday September 14, 2021 12:50pm - 1:20pm PDT
Track 1
  Breakout Sessions
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

1:05pm PDT

How to Become a PX4 Consultant - Andrew WIlkins, Ascend Engineering
Tired of your passion being what you what you do after 5pm? Why not become a PX4 Consultant? Being an expert in PX4 is not as hard as it seems, and it is quite profitable. In this talk you will learn how to leave your day job to pursue a career in PX4, tips and tricks, and pitfalls to look out for.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Wilkins

Andrew Wilkins

CEO/Engineer, Ascend Engineering
Andrew Wilkins is a professional UAV consultant for PX4 based devices, and has been the CEO of Ascend Engineering since mid 2019. Ascend Engineering specializes in UAV software development (both for firmware and onboard computing), but also specializes in sensor integration, and UAV... Read More →



Tuesday September 14, 2021 1:05pm - 1:20pm PDT
Track 2
  Lightning Talks
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

1:25pm PDT

Prometheus - The Open Source Autonomous Drone Project - Qi YuHua; Mo Shuangqi,; Yi Xin; Xiao Xuan & Wei Jingwen, AmovLab
Prometheus is an open source autonomous drone software platform, which provides full set of solutions for the intelligent and autonomous flight of drones. This project is based on the PX4 open source flight controller firmware, and aims to provide PX4 developers with mature and available airborne computer terminal programs, bringing a more concise and faster development experience. At present, modules such as mapping, localization, planning, control and target detection have been integrated, and simulation code of Gazebo is also provided.

Speakers
avatar for Wei Jingwen

Wei Jingwen

Media Operations Staff, AmovLab
AmovLab’s community operations staff. Responsible for translating and writing news and developments about PX4, and publish them on the media platform in the Chinese area.
avatar for Xiao Xuan

Xiao Xuan

Marketing Assistant, AmovLab
AmovLab's marketing assistant, and serves as a spokesperson and speaker.
avatar for Yi Xin

Yi Xin

ROS Engineer, AmovLab
R&D staff at AmovLab - Mainly responsible for UAV and ROS.
avatar for Mo Shuangqi

Mo Shuangqi

CEO, AmovLab
The founder of AmovLab. Established a unique Amov technology community, which has brought tremendous changes to PX4 and ROS in China. Over the years, we have been committed to the promotion of open source technology.
avatar for Qi YuHua

Qi YuHua

Technical Director, AmovLab
Postdoctoral fellow at Sun Yat-Sen University, Ph.D. from Beijing Institute of Technology, technical leader of P-series UAVs in Amu Lab. He has rich experience in autonomous UAV platform construction and secondary development. Participated in a number of drone-related projects of... Read More →



Tuesday September 14, 2021 1:25pm - 1:55pm PDT
Track 2
  Breakout Sessions
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

1:25pm PDT

Real-time Atmospheric Monitoring by Drones - Petra Lavríková & Roman Dvorak, ThunderFly s.r.o. & Jakub Kakona, CTU Faculty of Electrical Engineering
It has long been a challenge in many fields to measure atmospheric parameters in free space. These can include measurements of solid particles, radiation, gases, contamination and others. Today’s solutions often lack flexibility, UAV’s are mostly not using real-time data to adjust the monitoring process. They cannot operate under extreme weather or require highly qualified personnel. This panel discussion debates platform-independent solutions for the above-mentioned challenges and brings specific examples of how the solutions were implemented and used to solve problems in the real world. It also addresses the importance of PX4 and its contribution in creating similar projects.

Speakers
avatar for Roman Dvořák

Roman Dvořák

Embedded Systems Developer, Test Pilot, ThunderFly s.r.o.
Roman Dvořák is a member of the ThunderFly core-team. He created the basic design of the unmanned TF-G2 autogyro. As a part of the TF-ATMON project he works on a software for visualisation of data measured by users and its real-time processing. He is also one of the test pilots... Read More →
avatar for Jakub Kákona

Jakub Kákona

Researcher, CTU Faculty of Electrical Engineering
Aerospace engineer currently working as a researcher in CRREAT project, a project centered on detection and dosimetry of ionising radiation both of cosmic and terrestrial origin. His professional work is focused on monitoring atmospheric phenomena by radio waves. He is experienced... Read More →
avatar for Petra Lavríková

Petra Lavríková

president, ThunderFly s.r.o.
Petra Lavríková, a glider pilot in training with a vision of using unmanned vehicles in civil aviation cooperatively together with piloted aircrafts. Co-Founder and president of ThunderFly, a Czech company specializing in the development and production of unmanned aerial vehicles... Read More →



Tuesday September 14, 2021 1:25pm - 1:55pm PDT
Track 1
  Breakout Sessions
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

2:00pm PDT

A Pipeline for Data-Driven Dynamics Modelling For UAVs Using Flight Logs - Manuel Galliker, ETH Zurich
In this talk, I will present our work on a data-driven dynamics modelling pipeline for UAVs operating with PX4. This open source project provides a framework to identify a parametric model using flight logs from a standard PX4 sensor suite. Tools to assess identification data distribution and parameter quality are further included. I will briefly introduce the main components and concepts of the pipeline and how to leverage its modular design to extend it to the drone type or needs of the operator. Multi-copter and fixed-wing UAV examples will be presented. Functionality is additionally included to automatically import generated vehicle dynamics models into the PX4 SITL Gazebo simulation environment. This will be demonstrated with a short video.

Speakers
avatar for Manuel Galliker

Manuel Galliker

Student Researcher, ETH Zurich
In the final year of my bachelors degree in mechanical engineering at ETH Zurich I worked extensively on a research and development project to build a prototype of an airborne wind energy system. This was where I first got into contact with PX4. After doing an Internship and working... Read More →



Tuesday September 14, 2021 2:00pm - 2:15pm PDT
Track 2
  Lightning Talks
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

2:15pm PDT

Project Mikro: Developing a Low-cost Micro Flying Platform for Education and Swarm Applications - Vincent Wang & Aayush Gupta, AmadorUAVs
The AmadorUAVs team proposes an inexpensive, micro-size autonomous quadcopter design developed using readily available consumer electronics that can be used for education and swarm applications. Project Mikro is part of an effort by the AmadorUAVs team to put an open-source, MAVLink-compatible drone in the hands of anyone interested in learning about drone development. It is intended to serve both as an inexpensive, resilient development platform for educational purposes as well as an inexpensive drone swarm solution that can enable large swarms of autonomous UAVs to be built and operated in a cost-effective manner.

Speakers
avatar for Aayush Gupta

Aayush Gupta

Mechanical Design, AmadorUAVs
Aayush Gupta is a member of the electromechanical team at AmadorUAVs in Amador Valley High School and mainly works on the design for their drones. He utilizes his time by designing objects to be used on the drone and tweaking the elements to them. He also designed the Project Mikro... Read More →
avatar for Vincent Wang

Vincent Wang

Software Team Lead, AmadorUAVs
Vincent Wang is the software lead and resident human at AmadorUAVs, a high school autonomous robotics-focused club in Pleasanton, California, where he utilizes Dronecode software to develop extensible, high-level control solutions for aerial vehicles. He is currently developing network... Read More →


Tuesday September 14, 2021 2:15pm - 2:30pm PDT
Track 2

2:35pm PDT

Closing Remarks - Ramon Roche
Tuesday September 14, 2021 2:35pm - 2:45pm PDT
Keynote Stage
 
Wednesday, September 15
 

7:10am PDT

Welcome Back & Day One Recap - Ramon Roche
Wednesday September 15, 2021 7:10am - 7:30am PDT
Keynote Stage

7:30am PDT

Keynote Session - Bringing Security into our Open Source Community - Gabriel Aguiar Noury, Robotics Program Manager, Canonical
For more than a decade, Canonical has been supporting the robotics community through our open source OS, Ubuntu.  Canonical’s solutions have helped groundbreaking researchers and innovators to keep pushing the boundaries of the field and gain a deeper understanding of its challenges. Join us for an overview of the security landscape of open source software and best practices. We will dive into the key decisions that software maintainers and contributors need to make from the development stage onwards to ensure they build sustainable, future-proof, and secure robots.

Speakers
avatar for Gabriel Aguiar Noury

Gabriel Aguiar Noury

Robotics Product Manager, Canonical
Gabriel is a mechatronic engineer, former entrepreneur and PhD in Robotics, now working on the development of open source robotics at Canonical, the publisher of Ubuntu. Working in different ERDF initiatives for the last 5 years, he has been supporting the development of innovation... Read More →



Wednesday September 15, 2021 7:30am - 8:30am PDT
Keynote Stage
  Keynote Sessions
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

8:30am PDT

Break & Networking
Wednesday September 15, 2021 8:30am - 8:40am PDT

8:35am PDT

Auterion Careers Breakout Session With Thomas Gubler
Visit the Auterion booth for their careers breakout session!

Wednesday September 15, 2021 8:35am - 8:40am PDT

8:40am PDT

Corvus One: Persistent, Vision-Based Aerial Autonomy with PX4 - Mohammed Kabir, Corvus Robotics, Inc.
Corvus Robotics’ fleet of indoor drones are currently the only aerial robots in the world capable of persistent, infrastructure-free autonomous operation in large-scale industrial environments for months on end. Corvus One is our drone, which runs (fully onboard!) the Corvus Autonomy Engine, a software stack composed of a multi-camera vision pipeline, 3D motion planning pipeline, trajectory controller and embedded safety layer. Bulk of the high-level functionality is built on ROS1, while PX4 powers the embedded layer - guaranteeing a safety envelope for the vehicle and interfacing with low-level hardware. We’ll talk about the architecture, performance and sensing requirements for building such a safety-critical system operating around humans, other robots and heavy machinery, and why true hands-off autonomy is the only way to go for such a system. We’ll also share interesting (and completely unexpected) edge cases an autonomous system like ours has to deal with in production.

Speakers
avatar for Mohammed Kabir

Mohammed Kabir

CTO, Corvus Robotics, Inc.
Kabir is a roboticist who loves working with drones, space systems and open source. He's been a part of the PX4 community since the early days, and has made fundamental contributions to PX4's time synchronization and vision-based navigation infrastructure. He currently leads the autonomy... Read More →



Wednesday September 15, 2021 8:40am - 9:10am PDT
Track 1 & 2
  Breakout Sessions
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

9:15am PDT

Keynote Session: Open Source Robotics at 20 - Brian Gerkey, CEO of Open Robotics Foundation
As a community, we've been building and relying on open source robot software since (at least) 2001. That 20-year effort helped to spur a veritable Cambrian explosion in the robotics industry that we're living through today (hat tip to Gill Pratt). We now see a surprising variety of robots doing not just crowd-pleasing tech demos but actually useful work, across land, air, sea, and space. Through the lens of our work on ROS, I'll present recent achievements, current challenges, and future plans. I'll discuss the impact of our efforts, offer insights into our product roadmaps, and argue why you should build your next product on robust open infrastructure.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Gerkey

Brian Gerkey

co-founder and CEO, Open Robotics
Brian Gerkey is co-founder and CEO of Open Robotics, which drives the development and adoption of open software and hardware for robotics. Prior to Open Robotics, Brian worked at Willow Garage, SRI, Stanford, and USC. Brian is a strong believer in, frequent contributor to, and constant... Read More →



Wednesday September 15, 2021 9:15am - 10:15am PDT
Keynote Stage
  Keynote Sessions
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

10:20am PDT

Break & Networking
Wednesday September 15, 2021 10:20am - 10:30am PDT

10:30am PDT

Sponsored Lightning Talk: The Application of PX4 and CUAV Cloud in the Fight Against the New Crown Epidemic - Lusen Liu, CUAV
PX4 equipped with CUAV cloud compares the advantages of DJI M300 in helping managers prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Speakers
avatar for Lusen Liu

Lusen Liu

Technical Manager, CUAV
Founder of Raefly; CAAC UAV instructor; has many years of PX4 open source flight control application experience.



Wednesday September 15, 2021 10:30am - 10:45am PDT
Track 2
  Sponsored Talks
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

10:30am PDT

Sponsored Session - NXP Mobile Robotics Solutions for PX4 and ROS Enabled Reference Hardware with Opensource Software - Iain Galloway, NXP Semiconductors
NXP mobile robotics team makes available opensource industrial and automotive designs focused on PX4 and Mobile Robotics encompassing SmartBMS with CAN, UAVCAN Nodes, CAN network switches, T1 2-wire Ethernet, Ultrawideband Localization,  Vision and AI accelerated Linux with ROS2, Flight controllers and more. Learn about existing and upcoming development boards and opensource software enablement which can be leveraged build your own hardware or develop software for PX4, UAVCAN, and ROS2.

Speakers
avatar for Iain Galloway

Iain Galloway

Engineer, Mobile Robotics Team Lead, NXP Semiconductors
Iain Galloway P.Eng. is the mobile robotics team lead an engineer within the CTO organization, Systems Innovation team, R&D Automotive, working from the NXP Semiconductors Austin Texas office. Previously he was with Freescale Semiconductors, formerly Motorola, and has over 25 years... Read More →



Wednesday September 15, 2021 10:30am - 11:00am PDT
Track 1
  Sponsored Talks
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

10:45am PDT

Achieving a High-bandwidth, Long-range, Reliable Data Link to Airborne Systems - Derick Mathews & Ishan Duriseti, AmadorUAVs
The AmadorUAVs team presents its experience building high bandwidth wireless links to enable high-fidelity live image/video streaming from drones. Live data streams of images, videos, and other high-bandwidth media require reliable connections over long ranges at speeds not achievable using traditional telemetry radio setups. To solve this problem, the team developed a WiFi-based streaming system used to stream school events, complete robotic competition mission objectives, and transmit vision data to a ground station for further processing. The system consists of an omnidirectional antenna on the drone and a directional antenna on the ground, which is directed at the drone using a custom-developed two-axis antenna tracking mechanism.

Speakers
avatar for Ishan Duriseti

Ishan Duriseti

Lead Mechanical Engineer, AmadorUAVs
Ishan Duriseti is the mechanical lead at AmadorUAVs, a high school club based in Pleasanton, California that designs and builds autonomous robots and aerial vehicles. There, he designs and adapts custom multirotor frames as well as the physical aspects of other supporting systems... Read More →
avatar for Derick Mathews

Derick Mathews

Officer, AmadorUAVs
Derick Mathews is an officer and software member at AmadorUAVs, a high school autonomous robotics-focused club in Pleasanton, California, where he works on wireless communication, live streaming, and AI-based image recognition. He also spends his time creating iOS apps for the App... Read More →


Wednesday September 15, 2021 10:45am - 11:00am PDT
Track 2

11:05am PDT

Designing a Smart Flight Controller in 30 Minutes or Less - Andrew Smith, Altium, Inc
The evolution of embedded computers has lent itself to smaller and more capable devices. The same can be said for flight controllers, gone are the days where users are forced to shoe horn an off-the-shelf flight controller into a custom frame. Today there are new platforms and tools which are available to everyone, from weekend drone operators all the way up to commercial fleet designers. The standardization of the Pixhawk Autopilot system makes development and implementation quicker and easier for individuals and corporations. Compact, self contained flight modules are available and can be integrated into customized expansion boards. At Altium, we are working towards the democratization of electronic computer-aided design. We are trying to transform the design space to give anyone the tools to do modern embedded computer design. Andrew Smith will demonstrate the use of Modular Upverter, a drag-and-drop web-based design tool that removes much of the complexities that are associated with modern, embedded designs including high-speed signals. Several integrated designs will be presented and demonstrated in flight.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Manager, Product and Engineering, Upverter, Altium, Inc
Andrew Smith is an engineer at Altium with a passion for making things work. He has over 15 years of engineering experience in the aerospace and robotics fields. With Altium, Andrew is striving to help everyone realize their ideas and get them working. Andrew earned a B.Sc. in Mathematics... Read More →


Wednesday September 15, 2021 11:05am - 11:35am PDT
Track 2

11:05am PDT

ROS2 in PX4: Technical Details of a Seamless Transition to XRCE-DDS and Micro-ROS - Pablo Garrido, eProsima & Nuno Marques, Auterion
While the task of integrating PX4 into the DDS world has been dealt with by means of the micro-RTPS bridge so far, the present proposal hinges on the need for a more mature, flexible and secure interface with DDS that would be carried out by, first, micro XRCE-DDS, an then by micro-ROS, and can be seen as a natural extension of the work done so far over the micro-RTPS bridge. micro-ROS is a Robot Operating System specifically tailored for embedded and resource-constrained platforms, such as MCUs. It promotes these to the ROS 2 world, and uses as a middleware eProsima Micro XRCE-DDS, that is, DDS for eXtremely Resource-Constrained Environments, a software solution allowing the integration of microcontrollers into the DDS world. As an extension of the last talk at last year's summit, where Nuno and Jaime (eProsima’s CEO) presented a general overview of what would be required to do the migration from the micro-RTPS bridge to micro-ROS, this time, we will now go in-depth on the core concepts and technical details behind the migration from the current micro-RTPS implementation to having a micro-ROS capable PX4 ecosystem. Note: We request that, in case of acceptance, that this call is scheduled to the 15th of September, by impossibility of presenting it Tuesday the 14th.

Speakers
avatar for Pablo Garrido

Pablo Garrido

Technical Lead micro-ROS, eProsima
Pablo Garrido is a Telecommunication Engineer specialized in embedded systems, digital hardware design, and low-level programming. During his professional career, Pablo has been focused on projects related to embedded systems both in firmware and hardware (electrical and mechanical... Read More →
avatar for Nuno Marques

Nuno Marques

SW Engineer, Auterion
Nuno Marques has over 5 years of Software Engineering and Systems Integration experience as a contractor / consultant, recording the participation in over 30 projects and product development for more than 25 companies and organisations in the UAS / drones industry (or using drone... Read More →



Wednesday September 15, 2021 11:05am - 11:35am PDT
Track 1
  Breakout Sessions
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

11:40am PDT

Sponsored Lightning Talk: Building a Real Time kernel for Ubuntu Core - Bugra Aydogar, Canonical
Ubuntu Core is an optimized version of Ubuntu for robotics and IIoT devices. With minimal footprint and secure by design, it enables over the air updates, rollbacks, full disk encryption and more. Join us in this session to learn more about this OS and how you can implement a real time kernel for your drone.

Speakers
avatar for Bugra Aydogar

Bugra Aydogar

IoT Field Engineer, Canonical
Bugra has 9 years of international embedded software development experience by being part of widely distributed teams across the world. Working mainly on Embedded Software, IoT and Industrial Automation, he is a seasoned engineer who has experience with everything from bare metal... Read More →



Wednesday September 15, 2021 11:40am - 11:55am PDT
Track 2
  Sponsored Talks
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

11:55am PDT

Building UGV (uncrewed ground vehicles) Automated Rovers Using PX4 - Mehar Jaiswal, AuroraNautics & Jeff Michalski, Airogistic
QGoundControl Vehicle Setup includes support for numerous “Airframes”.  However, the term “Airframe” is a misnomer in that Dronecode™ can support many different types of autonomous vehicles including balloons, blimps, water vehicles and UGVs (unscrewed ground vehicles), better known as rovers.

This session will cover basic steps for building a UGV, Dronecode rover vehicle using the “generic rover” airframe. Covered will be the QGroundControl configuration and setup, the wiring and the software programming of the Pixhawk. We used the NXP Hovergames FMUK66 Pixhawk and paired it with the NXP i.MX8 NavQ companion computer for navigation. We will show how to setup the RC radios telemetry and the RC operator controller for the rover. In addition, we will present a demo of a robotic arm payload with discussion of applications and the Nvidia Nano on our robot.

Different types of rover propulsions and motor drive configurations will need to be supported in QGroundControl and PX4 to fill in rover support. The wide variety and selection of sensors that apply to ground vehicles, such as: cameras, LIDAR, and radars are used to navigate UGVs. This makes visual accuracy more attainable. Dronecode’s sensor support is a key advantage of using Dronecode for building Pixhawk and PX4 based UGVs. We will introduce ROS and Gazebo simulation of UGVs. We may discuss RTK GPS, MAVROS and MAVLink communication protocols and what they add in terms of capabilities specifically for the outside use of UGVs around the world.

To wrap up this session, a discussion of challenges ahead for improving the Dronecode UGV support, what can be done to improve mission accuracy, attitude control and the ability to do complex applications with PX4 UGVs as we seek collaboration to move the Dronecode UGV support forward. There are some applications that can accomplished for consumer centric autonomous vehicles such as warehouse helpers, and garbage picking. This would fall under the category of iterations of the same technology, making it more versatile.


Speakers
avatar for Jeff Michalski

Jeff Michalski

Partner, Airogistic
Developed the Airogistic DroneDome automated Git CI/CD PX4 capable 24/7 test and aerial regression environment. I work on precision automated launch/land and pre-flight test for VTOL multi-rotor Drones
avatar for Mehar Jaiswal

Mehar Jaiswal

Partner, AuroraNautics
Pursuing MS/PhD in Aerospace Engineering @ the University of Texas at Austin.



Wednesday September 15, 2021 11:55am - 12:10pm PDT
Track 2
  Lightning Talks
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

12:10pm PDT

Break & Networking
Wednesday September 15, 2021 12:10pm - 12:40pm PDT

12:40pm PDT

PX4 Distributed Architecture with uORB over CAN - Peter van der Perk, NXP Semiconductors
In this talk I will introduce to the concept of combining the uORB API middleware with UAVCANv1 that acts as the transport to create a modular distributed system using the PX4 ecosystem. The goal is to create PX4 enabled node's leveraging the existing PX4 middleware infrastructure, such as the uORB messaging API, drivers, algorithms (e.g. EKF). Furthermore I'll show a small demo that showcases a PX4 FMU connected to our UCANS32K146 which is a PX4-firmware enabled node that leverage from all existing PX4 infrastructure. Furthermore this demo is already available on upstream PX4 under https://github.com/PX4/PX4-Autopilot/tree/master/src/drivers/uavcan_v1 and https://github.com/PX4/PX4-Autopilot/tree/master/src/drivers/uavcan_v1/Subscribers/uORB

Speakers
avatar for Peter Van Der Perk

Peter Van Der Perk

Embedded Software Engineer, NXP Semiconductors
I work for NXP Semiconductors in the CTO Systems Innovations team. Where I’m currently working on a research to improve functional safety for drones. Furthermore I’m also working various products for our mobile robotics team. When I’m not hacking on code I will most likely be... Read More →



Wednesday September 15, 2021 12:40pm - 12:55pm PDT
Track 2
  Lightning Talks
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

12:40pm PDT

Sponsored Session - 96Boards, Drones and PX4 - Sahaj Sarup, Linaro & Keith Lee, Altium
This session is aimed at providing updates to the ongoing efforts between 96Boards, Gumstix and PX4 to create Heterogeneous Compute Platform for Drones using the 96Boards SoM spec.
This session will go into detail on Why such a platform is required, What are the use-cases and how the collaboration between 96Boards, Gumstix and PX4 brought the project to life.

Speakers
avatar for Sahaj Sarup

Sahaj Sarup

Application Engineer, Linaro
Open source software and hardware enthusiast. Currently working at 96Boards, Linaro as a full-time Maker.
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Keith Lee

Software Engineer, Altium
As Gadget Guru, I blog and tweet about technology news and my IoT projects. As a software engineer I develop firmware for embedded devices and back-end services for the Geppetto Design-to-Order web application.



Wednesday September 15, 2021 12:40pm - 1:10pm PDT
Track 1
  Sponsored Talks
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

12:55pm PDT

Redefining a (Consumer) Drone with Software - Michael Melchior, aviate-it
While Michael initially was looking for some lightweight brushless motors with propellers, preferably surrounded by a cage for adding them to a new design, he came across a rather inexpensive selfie drone. First he was quite surprised by the manufacturing quality and when taking the drone apart, he was even more suprised by the clean and modular design: The device not only had an autopilot, but also a seperate IMU, a magnetic compass, a baro sensor, a GPS, a wifi module, an optical flow module, a camera with tilt servo, a set of two batteries and a charger. The autopilot was based on a STM32F405RG, which had two traces running to an unpopulated header. As it turned out, it was connected to the SWD and the Proprietary Code Read Out Protection (PCROP) was set only to level 1, so he was more than curious and asked himself: Can it run PX4?

Speakers
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Michael Melchior

Freelance Developer, aviate-it
I'd like to refer you to my LinkeIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melchiormichael/ If you need any further details / different format, please let me know!



Wednesday September 15, 2021 12:55pm - 1:10pm PDT
Track 2
  Lightning Talks
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

1:15pm PDT

Advanced Mapping and Planning in Dynamic Environments with PX4 offboard mode - James Strawson, ModalAI, Inc.
The ability to navigate autonomously in complex environments is essential for any modern drone. In this talk, James Strawson, lead roboticist at ModalAI, will demonstrate how an embedded computer can interact with PX4 in offboard mode for the purpose of indoor and outdoor mapping, path planning, and trajectory execution in dynamic environments.

Speakers
avatar for James Strawson

James Strawson

Lead Roboticist, ModalAI, Inc.
James Strawson is the lead roboticist at ModalAI, a Blue UAS Framework manufacturer of American-made, autonomous autopilots for drones and ground robots. Strawson received a Ph.D in robotics from UCSD where he also taught classes on 3D printing, mechanical design, feedback control... Read More →



Wednesday September 15, 2021 1:15pm - 1:45pm PDT
Track 2
  Breakout Sessions
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

1:15pm PDT

Faster/Greater Surveys: Introducing Camera Auto Mount Pivoting Oblique Surveys - Igor Campos, Technology Innovation Institute
The Camera Auto Mount Pivoting Oblique Survey (CAMPOS) is a new method for increasing the efficiency while performing UAS surveys, it can either increase the area a vehicle is able to cover in a single flight or reduce the flight time needed to map a given area when compared to traditional, nadir only surveys. This allows for doubling the efficiency in 2.5D mapping missions or even greater factors for surveys targeting the creation of 3D models. CAMPOS is essentially a software feature that intelligently changes the camera orientation between shots along a flight traverse in a surveying mission, allowing for an increased horizontal field of view, resulting in smaller flight paths through less lines. This means even existing UASs can benefit from this feature through a software update, the only requisite is that the camera mount is actuated on the roll axis, which is also an easy mod for fixed-wing vehicles. This work was peer reviewed and published at ISPRS XXIV Congress. Igor hopes to showcase this new feature that is a result of contributions to the PX4 and ArduPilot flight stacks, MAVLink protocol and the QGC ground control station. Hopefully this will increase the adoption of this valuable tool that became available before similar solutions from big players in the industry.

Speakers
avatar for Igor Campos

Igor Campos

UAV Engineer, Technology Innovation Institute
I have recently joined the Technology Innovation Institute in Abu Dhabi, UAE as an UAV Systems Engineer. I am passionate about UAVs and designed and developed three of them capable of carrying out autonomous mapping missions, one with rotary wings and two with fixed wings, including... Read More →



Wednesday September 15, 2021 1:15pm - 1:45pm PDT
Track 1
  Breakout Sessions
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

1:50pm PDT

Using AI and ML for Indoor Navigation and Position Planning using Markov localization Algorithm - Farhang Naderi, Eastern Mediterranean University
Indoor localization for drones is one of the challenging tasks in industry. As the indoor environment do not have access to GPS signal, other sources to provide velocity information are compulsory. In the proposed method, the drone will do localization using Machine Learning algorithm from a series of specific patterns on the ground. A camera is monuted horizontally under the drone' to capture frames on the ground in real-time and to process. Each specific pattern has been trained by ML algorithm to be recognized. The ML algorithm is processed by Google Coral TPU. The drone starts from a random place and moves over the patterns to update its initial random guess of the position. Using Markov algorithm these guesses' confidence is update over each new pattern. After 3 or 4 patterns, the drone is localized. The drone's stability is assured by using a vision sensor (Intel Realsense camera here) giving data through MAVROS to Pixhawk running PX4-Autopilot software on it. There is and additional camera that takes care of capturing the frames on the ground real time and to process. The work has lready been done amd the hardware is set up.

Speakers
avatar for Farhang Naderi

Farhang Naderi

Student/Research Assistant, Eastern Mediterranean University
Farhang Naderi is currently pursuing his master's degree in Eastern Mediterranean University with his thesis subject about drones and indoor navigation using AI and ML and is a research assistant in the Robotics course. He graduated with a Mechatronics Engineering degree and since... Read More →



Wednesday September 15, 2021 1:50pm - 2:05pm PDT
Track 2
  Lightning Talks
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

1:50pm PDT

PX4 usage in CubeSat: Cubesat Operating System - Janardhan Silwal, Antarikchya Pratisthan Nepal
Currently, CubeSats don't have much wider use of Operating Systems (OS) which, in theory, could reduce the time taken for the development of CubeSat. If there would have been a CubeSat OS, the success rate of the University CubeSat Mission would increase, as there would be more time available to test the hardware to increase the mission success rate. Antarikchya Pratisthan Nepal, is trying to develop such software that would be easy to use while reducing the time it takes to design CubeSats. For this first step, PX4 Autopilot is being integrated as a mission, which is to be placed as one of the payloads aboard the 3U CubeSat and launched. This mission is to test how the PX4 and its constituents behave in a radiation-prone, vacuum space environment. The initial test hardware is based on the Pixracer v1.0 flight controller board, which was also used in past CanSat training here in Nepal. After a successful Initial test and once enough data are collected the team will be moving forward with developing an airframe similar to is done for drones. This allows for the utilization of COTS drone components to design and fabricate a CubeSat while reducing the complexity and allowing more time for extensive testing of the system.

Speakers
avatar for Janardhan Silwal

Janardhan Silwal

Founder, Antarikchya Pratisthan Nepal
Is a recent undergraduate student at the School of Engineering, Kathmandu University. I have been working with Antarikchya Pratisthan Nepal since January 2021 but was officially registered in May 2021. We at Antarikchaya are working to design a satellite in Nepal, of which I am the... Read More →


Wednesday September 15, 2021 1:50pm - 2:20pm PDT
Track 1
  Breakout Sessions
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

2:05pm PDT

Pilot: Developing a DDS-based Framework for Distributed Drone Control using UAVCAN - Vincent Wang & Kalyan Sriram, AmadorUAVs
Explore how the flexibility of the UAVCAN v1 protocol allows developers to utilize UAVCAN in new domains and applications. The AmadorUAVs team presents a novel approach to designing a UAVCAN/UDP backed DDS and prototype ground control system. The prototype GCS, named Pilot, enables a rich and extensible ecosystem of plugins and scriptability that supports a wide range of use cases, from beginners and end users to researchers. This presentation explains initial findings while experimenting with the UAVCAN v1 protocol as a lightweight DDS system, demonstrates some of its capabilities, and weighs the benefits/shortcomings of such an approach.

Speakers
avatar for Vincent Wang

Vincent Wang

Software Team Lead, AmadorUAVs
Vincent Wang is the software lead and resident human at AmadorUAVs, a high school autonomous robotics-focused club in Pleasanton, California, where he utilizes Dronecode software to develop extensible, high-level control solutions for aerial vehicles. He is currently developing network... Read More →
avatar for Kalyan Sriram

Kalyan Sriram

President, AmadorUAVs
Kalyan Sriram is a high school student in Pleasanton, California. He is the president of AmadorUAVs, an autonomous aerial vehicles and robotics club at Amador Valley High School, where he develops embedded software, electronics, and utilizes/contributes to Dronecode projects. He is... Read More →


Wednesday September 15, 2021 2:05pm - 2:20pm PDT
Track 2

2:25pm PDT

UAVCAN Drone Application Layer Standardization - Dmitry Ramensky, Zubax Robotics
Nowadays, the data transmission standards for unmanned aerial vehicles have reached a dead end. This hinders the development of the component base and, as a result, the growth of UAV markets in general. Moreover, the lack of adequate standards discourages competition and prevents UAVs from reaching an adequate price at which they could be applied more universally. The UAVCAN v1 protocol and the UDRAL standard, which define application-layer protocols for use in avionic systems of autonomous aerial vehicles, are designed to solve this problem. The presentation substantiates the benefits and reliability indicators of the current UAVCAN implementations by comparing them to their competition. Conclusions are made about the relevance of UAVCAN and UDRAL. A brief performance review of the UAVCAN Consortium for the first half of 2021 is also presented. Finally, we propose the creation of a certification center for unmanned aerial vehicles on the basis of the UAVCAN Consortium.

Speakers
avatar for Dmitry Ramensky

Dmitry Ramensky

Chief Research Officer, Zubax Robotics
Has studied at the Moscow Power Engineering Institute, where he acquired his Ph.D. degree in power electronics and electric drives. Dmitry has been working in the drone and robotics industry for the past 10 years. He has developed a number of servo drives for robots, electric propulsion... Read More →



Wednesday September 15, 2021 2:25pm - 2:40pm PDT
Track 2
  Lightning Talks
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

2:25pm PDT

TF-G2: PX4 Powered Autogyro - Roman Dvořák, ThunderFly
PX4 powered unmanned autogyros offer new possibilities in the field of aerial work, thus filling the existing gap in the offer of unmanned drones. In the lecture you’ll learn how the open-source TF-G2 autogyro was designed and created, what problems we faced during its development and what is the current state of progress. TF-G2 autogyro is primarily a platform for operator training. However, thanks to its smart design it is able to carry useful payload and perform measurements in the air. An interesting feature of an autogyro-type drone is its resistance to worsened weather conditions. Most parts of the drone are 3D printable, leading to its easy repairability.

Speakers
avatar for Roman Dvořák

Roman Dvořák

Embedded Systems Developer, Test Pilot, ThunderFly s.r.o.
Roman Dvořák is a member of the ThunderFly core-team. He created the basic design of the unmanned TF-G2 autogyro. As a part of the TF-ATMON project he works on a software for visualisation of data measured by users and its real-time processing. He is also one of the test pilots... Read More →



Wednesday September 15, 2021 2:25pm - 2:55pm PDT
Track 1
  Breakout Sessions
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

2:40pm PDT

Basics of UAVCANv1 in C - Landon Haugh, NXP Semiconductors
UAVCAN is a rapidly developing protocol that has the potential to shape the future of communication between devices on drones, rovers, cars, and more. In this presentation, Landon Haugh from NXP Semiconductors will give a technical overview of Libcanard, an implementation of UAVCAN, to help new users get started with the protocol. In the presentation the audience will learn about the basics of UAVCAN, how to use Libcanard, and how to run example code on their own computers using a virtual CAN bus. Additionally, simple real-life examples of UAVCAN using NXP's UCANS32K146 boards within the PX4 ecosystem will be shown.

Speakers
avatar for Landon Haugh

Landon Haugh

Technical Lead for Marcom University Programs, NXP Semiconductors
Landon Haugh is a recent graduate of Mississippi State University where he earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering. He has started his career with NXP Semiconductors working on the Mobile Robotics team. Landon oversees the technical aspect of NXP's University programs such as NXP Cup... Read More →



Wednesday September 15, 2021 2:40pm - 2:55pm PDT
Track 2
  Lightning Talks
  • Presentation Slides Included yes

3:00pm PDT

Closing Remarks - Ramon Roche
Wednesday September 15, 2021 3:00pm - 3:10pm PDT
Keynote Stage

3:10pm PDT

Happy Hour Sponsored by ModalAI
Wednesday September 15, 2021 3:10pm - 4:00pm PDT
 
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