Seminar of Marco Tognon

Marco Tognon (Inria)  will give a talk on December 14th at 10:00 in Salle Michel Metivier.

Aerial Manipulation, from the first and current challenges to the future potentials



Aerial robotics is nowadays seeing an exponential growth, both from the academic and industrial points of view. A lot of work has already been done for contact-free motions applied to a wide application domain, e.g., agriculture, archeology, photography, etc. However, if aerial robots were able to also interact with the environment, the application domains could be further extended toward new areas like transportation and manipulation of objects, contact-based inspection and maintenance, assembly and construction, etc. In this talk I will describe my contribution to the field of aerial physical interaction, from showing its feasibility for simple contact tasks, to enhance manipulation capabilities for more and more complex task. I will then present my vision for the future that sees aerial manipulator capable to safely accomplish physical work in real environments, together with other robots and human operators.

From November 2022 I am an Inria researcher (ISFP) at INRIA Rennes. Before, from April 2020, I have been post-doctoral researcher at ETH-Zurich, working in the Autonomous Systems Lab (ASL). There I was the leader of the Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAV) team. Before that, from August 2018, I worked as post-doctoral researcher at Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture of Systems (LAAS), in the RIS team where I was the technical leader of the LAAS-team participating to the robotic competition MBZIRC2020.

I obtained the PhD in robotics in in July 2018 from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse (INSA). I carried out my PhD thesis on aerial physical interaction at Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture of Systems (LAAS), under the supervision of Dr. Antonio Franchi and Dr. Juan Cortés. I have been a visiting graduate student at the Robotics, Vision and Control Group (GRVC) in the University of Seville, under the supervision of Dr. Anibal Ollero. I got the master degree in Automation Engineering at the University of Padua after an internship at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in the Autonomous Robotics and Human-Machine Systems group.

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