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Empowering the future of Aerial Robotized Inspection and Maintenance

Track: Maintenance-Inspection

Date and Time: 14 Mar 2023 11:40-13:00

Organisers: Emad Samuel Malki Ebeid, Julian Cayero Becerra, Matteo Fumagalli, Fabio Ruggiero

Main questions to be answered: Can drones fly continuously and autonomously to inspect and maintain infrastructures?

Additional questions: Are the last advancements in aerial robotics, particularly in areas like contact inspection and human-robot interaction, really ready for industrial applications?

Additional questions 2: Which are the gaps still to be solved for having effective inspection and maintenance with aerial robots?

Workshop Description: The proposed workshop aims to foster a two-way exchange between the latest research outcomes in EU projects AERO-TRAIN and Drones4Safety related to automatic recharge, contact inspection, aerial manipulation, teleportation, AI, and Human-Robot Interaction and the industry and end-users’ experiences, requirements, and necessities. To do so, an interactive session containing a series of talks, led on its majority by PhD candidates, will pave the way for an open discussion panel welcoming all attendees. The forum will explore the current technological maturity in aerial robotics for inspection missions, while also shedding light on the critical gaps that are still to be solved. Prior to the event, we will promote it on our social media channels. Afterward, a detailed summary, featuring ESR presentations and poll results, will be available on the projects website, ensuring easy access to valuable insights and knowledge shared during the workshop.

Intended Outcome: Workshops engaging non-roboticists to understand needs/goals (policy, commercial, technical), Workshop discussion topics of common interest, success stories, use cases, etc, Workshop on recent developments in technology or applications, Workshop covering material new to ERF that the Robotics community should engage with

Approach: – 8 min intro + mentimeter to categorize the background of the assitants – 3x 7 minutes talks + 5min questions around main AERO-TRAIN pilars, Aerial manipulation technologies, Human-machine interaction and Remote Operation and Human interfaces. – 3x 7 minutes talks + 5min questions around main Drones4safety. WSAutonomous drone navigation and recharging from power-line cables. 2PhD level + 1 senior. – 25mins Interactive panel discusion, moderated by one of the organizers – 5 mins for closing