Vision-based Control and Navigation of Small, Lightweight UAVs

Full Day Workshop at IROS 2015

October 2, Congress Center Hamburg, Germany


  • 10/03/2015 The workshop was a huge success. We had more than 150 people attending. All the papers and abstract are now available in addition to the digest. A call for a special issue of JFR will be available in the next months. Please consider to apply for the MBZIRC competition too.
  • 10/01/2015 The survey is now available and the results will be used during the panel discussion
  • 09/21/2015 A tentative program is now available and the final digest is available too
  • 09/05/2015 Notification of acceptance/rejection have been sent to the authors. A tentative program will be available next week
  • 09/05/2015 The workshop will feature invited talks, contributed talks and poster presentations/spotlight talks. Three companies will be part of the workshop
  • 09/02/2015 The workshop will take place in Saal D
  • 09/02/2015 Due to a record number of submissions received the notifications of acceptance/rejection will be sent this week
  • 07/24/2015 The submission deadline has been postponed to August 10
  • 07/01/2015 Paper submission site is now open


The workshop will feature peer-reviewed paper presentations and live demos.


Autonomous micro Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAVs) start to play an important role in tasks like search and rescue, environment monitoring, security surveillance, transportation and inspection. However, to deal with such operations, GPS based navigation is not sufficient. Small scale size vehicles have to fast and autonomously navigate in narrow outdoor and indoor environments, in cities or other dense environments and able to actively explore unknown areas while avoiding collisions and creating maps. This involves a number of perception and control challenges that still have to be solved. This workshop will address UAVs navigation solutions in GPS denied environments and the algorithmic and software design challenges that arise in the settings of small-scale, fast navigation in three-dimensional environments.


This full-day workshop at IROS '15 brings together researchers from academia and industry in the area of closed-loop control and navigation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles working in indoor and outdoor GPS-denied environments, using passive vision sensors as the main sensory modality. The convergence of the consumer electronics industry and the robotics industry has opened up opportunities and solutions that did not exist a few years ago. The interest in this area of research is large and, as such, we expect to have an heterogeneours audience in terms of expertise and interests. While most previous workshops have attempted to address the fundamental problems of perception, control and communication for aerial vehicles, this workshop will instead focus on the systems challenges for small-scale, fast vehicles where the size, weight and payload constraints only allow light-weight sensors like cameras, and the operating conditions of high speeds require perception over longer ranges and shorter time scales.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest to this workshop include, but are not necessarily limited to:
  • Visual Control and estimation
  • SLAM
  • Sensor fusion
  • Motion planning
  • Modeling and benchmarking of performances for three-dimensional navigation
  • Dynamic Visual Servo Control of aerial vehicles
  • Cooperative estimation and control with multiple aerial vehicles
  • Field robotics
  • Search and rescue robotics

We encourage the submission of papers describing work in progress, preliminary results, novel concepts, and industry experiences. Contributions are expected from researchers working in different fields related to autonomous aerial vehicles.

Call for papers

All submitted papers will be reviewed by at least two international experts (see Program Committee Member list below) on the basis of technical quality, relevance, significance, and clarity. We accept extended abstracts (2-4 pages), experiences' reports (2-4 pages), or full research papers (up to 6 pages). We also encourage submission of live demos and working systems (up to 2 pages). All accepted papers will appear on the workshop website. We are currently exploring the possibility of a journal special issue for the best contributions at the workshop.

Important Dates

  • July 1: Call for submission opens
  • July 24 August 10: Deadline of full-length paper
  • August 15 August 31: Notification of acceptance
  • October 2: Workshop at IROS 2015 Congress Center, Hamburg, Germany


The program includes invited talks, contributed papers and real-time demos. The final schedule might slightly change.

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
7 spotlight talks