The head of the University of Zurich’s Robotics and Perception Group, Professor Davide Scaramuzza, works at the intersection of computer vision and control—using cutting-edge sensors and algorithms to help terrestrial and flying robots (and, possibly, future spaceships) navigate
“My main research interest is computer vision, applied to the autonomous navigation of visually-guided ground and micro flying robots. I’m interested in machines that actively move and interact with the environment, driven by
Another area I research is low-latency vision. The past fifty years of research have been dedicated to standard vision sensors, which output frames at regular time intervals, whereas ‘event-based’ vision sensors are a new class of sensors that imitate the human eye, in that every pixel is independent of the others and asynchronously sends information when the intensity signal changes over time.
These event-based sensors are really the technology of the future and will drastically change robot perception by enabling a new class of algorithms with a latency of just microseconds. They will make robots able to execute agile maneuvers like birds could only do so far.”
This is a fascinating interview from Waypoint, the senseFly blog. Dr. Scaramuzza is one of the wizards behind Switzerland’s leadership of the industry. His goal is to create drones that are truly autonomous meaning that they can go into unmapped areas without GPS, create a map and make the decisions necessary to carry out
Bit of a head scratcher as my friend Eric likes to say, but worth the effort if you want to know where we are all going.