Vision for Robotics Lab
At the Vision for Robotics lab (V4RL) we research and develop vision-based perception capabilities for robots drawing inspiration from disciplines such Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Neuroscience. As some of the most agile and challenging platforms with a wide range of applications, we have a focus on small rotorcraft vehicles (drones) of maximum 50cm in diameter. With limited computational, power and weight capabilities, the choice of sensors and algorithms able to run onboard and in real-time is the real challenge we are faced with; albeit at the promise of high impact in the use of such systems in real tasks, such as archaeological site digitisation, search-and-rescue or industrial inspection. Studying the collaboration among different robots and analysing the image stream and all sensor cues as they are being captured, we aim to achieve a timely and rich enough understanding of the robots' surroundings in order to provide them with the information necessary to automate their navigation and their interaction with their environment.