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📌 July 6 & 7 — 8:00 AM (PDT)
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Monday, July 6
 

8:00am PDT

Welcome Remarks Day 1
Speakers
avatar for Ramon Roche

Ramon Roche

Program Manager, Dronecode


Monday July 6, 2020 8:00am - 8:15am PDT
LIVE

8:15am PDT

Keynote: Setting the standards in the drone industry for a decade
Dr. Lorenz Meier, chairman of Dronecode, and author of PX4, MAVLink, QGC, and Pixhawk, takes you on a tour on how the open-source community works, and shows you so many organizations in the industry trust us, and openly collaborate.

Speakers
avatar for Lorenz Meier

Lorenz Meier

Chairman, Dronecode
Lorenz Meier, holds a Ph.D. in drone software architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. He is the co-founder of Auterion, the chairman of Dronecode. In 2008 Lorenz created and released the PX4 autonomous drone autopilot to the open source community. Lorenz... Read More →


Monday July 6, 2020 8:15am - 9:00am PDT
LIVE

9:00am PDT

PX4 failsafe testing using MAVSDK
In order to ensure the safety and robustness of PX4 as it evolves, failsafe testing is critical.

This talk aims to give an overview of how failure can be triggered to test a certain failsafe response. I will be explaining the underlying architecture that enables this and shows how to do it using MAVSDK.

I also plan to hint at how this failsafe testing can be integrated as part of the PX4 continuous integration.

Speakers
avatar for Julian Oes

Julian Oes

Senior Software Engineer, Auterion
PX4 and MAVSDK maintainer


Monday July 6, 2020 9:00am - 9:15am PDT
PRE-RECORDED

9:00am PDT

Towards a Lightweight Software Architecture for PX4 Computer Vision
We present a powerful, yet lightweight, software architecture designed to run on an embedded companion computer alongside a PX4 flight controller. This architecture provides multi-modal computer vision functionality to PX4 such as: Visual Obstacle Avoidance (VOA), an open source Visual Inertial Odometry (VINS Fusion), Fiducial Marker Relocalization, and Object Tracking. We demonstrate functionality of this architecture on a ModalAI PX4 development platform and present our roadmap for future development.

Speakers
avatar for James Strawson

James Strawson

Senior Roboticist, Modal AI
James Strawson received a Ph.D in robotics from UCSD where he also taught classes on 3D printing, mechanical design, feedback control, and embedded systems. Before joining Modal AI, James created the Robotics Cape and EduMiP development platforms, as well as the libRobotControl open... Read More →



Monday July 6, 2020 9:00am - 9:30am PDT
LIVE

9:30am PDT

An In-depth Look at the Multicopter Control System Architecture
This session takes a deep dive into the multicopter control system. The current controller architecture will be presented and explained. Block diagrams and the relevant sections in code of each individual controller will be given.

The aim is to provide sufficient information for new developers that would like to design a control system for a multicopter either by tuning the current PID gains, extending and/or modifying the current controllers. To do this, knowledge of the control system architecture is required. This session provides that information to empower developers.

Speakers
avatar for Anton Erasmus

Anton Erasmus

PhD Student, Stellenbosch University



Monday July 6, 2020 9:30am - 9:45am PDT
PRE-RECORDED

9:30am PDT

Open Source Workflow for Advanced Vehicle Dynamics Simulation
The Open Source community supports a wide variety of tool sets to enable software and hardware in the loop simulation including Gazebo, X-Plane, FlightGear, iMAVSim, AirSim, and RealFlight. Each of these tools have their specific applications and advantages. The presentation will focus on an open source workflow including NASA open source parametric geometry (OpenVSP), JSBSim , and integrations with front-end visualization such as FlightGear. The talk will conclude with a review of implementation options, applications (such as software validation), demonstration of a SITL solution for a 50 lb VTOL airframe, and opportunities for future development.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Vacanti

Matt Vacanti

Senior Product Manager, GE Aviation
Solving aviation’s next challenging problem: the proliferation, integration and use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), air mobility, and advanced autonomy in civil aviation.
avatar for Jesse Hoskins

Jesse Hoskins

System Engineer, GE Aviation
Jesse Hoskins is a Systems Engineer at GE Aviation with a B.S.E in Aerospace Engineering and M.S.E in Computer Science. He has worked with PX4 flight controls, hardware/software-in-the-loop simulation, and open-source accessible aerodynamic modeling of various UAS


Monday July 6, 2020 9:30am - 10:00am PDT
LIVE

10:00am PDT

Break Day 1
Monday July 6, 2020 10:00am - 10:05am PDT
LIVE

10:00am PDT

Simulated Workflows using Software-In-The-Loop Simulations
Software-In-The-Loop simulations have been a great tool to speed up the development process for developers in the PX4 community.

In this session, we show how this approach can be used for testing advanced flight control features such as high risk flight control features to multi-vehicle simulations. Also, we explore how this tool can be extended for testing complex interactions of vehicle subcomponents beyond the firmware using mavlink as a interface.

Speakers
avatar for Jaeyoung Lim

Jaeyoung Lim

Drone Software Engineer, Auterion AG


Monday July 6, 2020 10:00am - 10:15am PDT
PRE-RECORDED

10:05am PDT

Flying into virtual: the new reality for aerial educational robotics
This session introduces the new challenges that the robotics education faces, and ways to adapt educational products to the lockdown. Authors of Clover educational drone kit will share their experience — from creating online courses and using the simulation to organizing competitions of remotely programmed drones.

Main Speaker
Speakers
avatar for Oleg Kalachev

Oleg Kalachev

Lead Developer, COEX
avatar for Aleksei Rogachevskii

Aleksei Rogachevskii

Software Developer, COEX
Software developer @ COEX, working on the Clover project. ROS enthusiast. Involved in all sorts of stuff, from fixing bugs to writing code to packaging to maintaining CI infrastructure. Ask me about writing Gazebo plugins and making .debs for Raspbian.


Monday July 6, 2020 10:05am - 10:35am PDT
LIVE

10:30am PDT

Drones4Energy Inspection
The session will be about the Drones4Energy project and its achievements in its second year. It is 3-years, Danish national project, started in December 2018 with a budget of 3M Euro. Details: https://drones4energy.dk/

Drones4Energy is an innovative drone project that contributes to the state of the art of electrical and communication engineering technologies to build a fully autonomous drone system that can charge itself from overhead powerline cables.

The overarching goal of the project is to deliver a collaborative drone system that can inspect the power grid in a highly efficient way. The project aims at using the powerline cables as an energy source to charge the drones without modifying the power grid’s infrastructure.

In this talk, I will be sharing the experiences of integrating PX4+ROS+QGC with other Hardware/Software/Communication elements to achieve the project goals.

Speakers
avatar for Emad Samuel Malki Ebeid

Emad Samuel Malki Ebeid

Associate Professor, University of Southern Denmark
Ebeid is working as an Associate Professor at SDU UAS Centre, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Instituttet, University of Southern Denmark. Ebeid is researching drone system designs to operate and grasp on overhead energized cables for inspection and recharging.Ebeid is the Coordinator of... Read More →


Monday July 6, 2020 10:30am - 10:45am PDT
PRE-RECORDED

10:35am PDT

Overview of multicopter control from sensors to motors
We give an overview of the components within PX4 to control multicopter vehicles from sensor input pipeline over estimation, through cascaded position, attitude, rate control and the output allocation. We can only zoom in on certain selected aspects and are happy to answer additional related questions.

Speakers
avatar for Mathieu Bresciani

Mathieu Bresciani

Flight Control Engineer, Auterion
avatar for Matthias Grob

Matthias Grob

Flight Control Engineer, Auterion
PX4 Maintainer



Monday July 6, 2020 10:35am - 11:05am PDT
LIVE

11:05am PDT

Embedded machine learning in practice
TinyML is a global community of software engineers and data scientists working together to bring more intelligence to sensors on embedded devices. This movement has enabled a wide range of applications on the tiniest of devices, from predictive maintenance to object detection to sound recognition. In systems where decision-making needs to happen in real-time, it is important that the processing can be done as close as possible to the data source - enhancing security and cutting down on network energy consumption, latency and bandwidth usage.

During this talk, you will learn why you should consider doing ML even on the most constrained computing devices available to you and how to get started in practice.

Speakers
avatar for Alessandro Grande

Alessandro Grande

IoT Ecosystem manager, Arm



Monday July 6, 2020 11:05am - 11:35am PDT
LIVE

11:30am PDT

The Simulator-In-Hardware (SIH), a low cost and hard real time HITL
This session presents the SIH module https://dev.px4.io/master/en/simulation/simulation-in-hardware.html, the motivations, comparison with standard HITL, how to use it, understanding the code, and bringing modifications.

Speakers
avatar for Romain Chiappinelli

Romain Chiappinelli

Aerospace Engineer Consultant, Freelance
Aerospace consultant working with PX4, developing autopilot and HITL simulator for non conventional vehicles and VTOL aircraft. Currently working on the speeder project for JetPack Aviaton.


Monday July 6, 2020 11:30am - 11:45am PDT
PRE-RECORDED

11:35am PDT

Using PX4 for Educational Satellites: CanSats
If the future of drones is sofware defined, then the future of satellites (CubeSats) could be software defined as well. CubeSats are a fast follower of drone technology and I believe what works for drones can be repurposed for satellites as well. In this presentation, I will exhibit how PX4 was used for Educational Satellite (CanSat) training in Nepal and what I believe the future can be for PX4 and space.

Speakers
avatar for Abhas Maskey

Abhas Maskey

PhD Student, Kyushu Institute of Technology
Has been directly involved in four different satellite (CubeSat) projects placing seven satellites in orbit. This also involved building and launching first satellite of Nepal, NepaliSat-1. Is interested in camera design for space applications, machine learning for image classification... Read More →


Monday July 6, 2020 11:35am - 12:05pm PDT
LIVE

12:05pm PDT

Skynode Ready for Liftoff
It's been two months since we announced Skynode and now we're getting ready for liftoff. In this 4 minute lightning talk we will recap why we think Skynode is the next big thing after Pixhawk and introduce our early access program.

Speakers
avatar for Laurent Zimmerli

Laurent Zimmerli

Head of Product Marketing, Auterion

Sponsors
avatar for Auterion

Auterion

Auterion


Monday July 6, 2020 12:05pm - 12:15pm PDT
LIVE

12:15pm PDT

Field Tests of a Novel Swarm Control Framework
The Raytheon BBN Technologies Unmanned Innovations Lab and teammates SIFT and OSU recently conducted the third planned field exercise of a novel swarm control framework, Command and Control of Aggregate Swarm Tactics (CCAST). The framework envisions controlling and monitoring swarms of up to 250 collaborative unmanned systems. The proposed video will show how we prepared for and successfully deployed over 60 heterogeneous autonomous systems simultaneously to cooperatively explore an urban area and modify their behaviors while interacting with pre-positioned items in the environment.

Speakers
avatar for Kyle Usbeck

Kyle Usbeck

Lead Engineer, Systems & Technology Research
Kyle conducts research and development in collaborative autonomy of unmanned systems.


Monday July 6, 2020 12:15pm - 12:30pm PDT
PRE-RECORDED

12:15pm PDT

What's up with your battery?
The majority of PX4 autopilot users have built their own vehicles with batteries that do not possess a battery lifecycle management system. In this session, we will introduce the basic concepts behind a battery management system (BMS) and how it is integrated into PX4 via the SMBUS protocol. We will also review how the BMS manages the battery and demonstrate the utility of the proposed system.

Speakers
avatar for Hyon Lim

Hyon Lim

CEO, UVify Inc.
Hyon Lim is a cofounder and CEO of UVify, an aerial robot manufacturer headquartered in Seattle, Washington USA with R&D and manufacturing operations in Seoul, South Korea. Hyon’s specialties range from computer vision to aeronautical engineering. He co-founded UVify in 2017 together... Read More →

Sponsors

Monday July 6, 2020 12:15pm - 12:45pm PDT
LIVE

12:45pm PDT

What's the difference between a drone and a flying robot?
When a ROS developer looks at a drone, it's a robot that can fly. When a PX4 developer looks at a ground robot it's a plane that can only taxi. Both are valid perspectives, but how do we reconcile the viewpoints? This talk will explore what's unique about drones and where there's tools that might be valuable to leverage from the general robotics community, as well as looking at what in the drone community could potentially be reused in the general robotics community. And finally, what are good ways that the communities can collaborate?

Speakers
avatar for Tully Foote

Tully Foote

Community and Business Development Manager, Open Robotics


Monday July 6, 2020 12:45pm - 1:15pm PDT
LIVE

1:15pm PDT

Getting started as a contributor on PX4
PX4 is a big subject, sometimes it can be daunting to even begin looking at how to get started. We are going to present an overview of: the ways people can contribute to the project, how they can get started, and where they can go to drill deeper into particular areas of interest. While this content is directed at getting volunteers spun up efficiently, hopefully it will be of use to anyone getting started with PX4. This presentation includes a pdf file with important reference content and details which were omitted from the video, attendees are encouraged to refer to that pdf for additional information.

Speakers
avatar for Mark West

Mark West

Founder, Developer, Telemething
Software dev. Drones, HoloLens, ROS, PX4, iOS, Android, Windows, Azure.



Monday July 6, 2020 1:15pm - 1:30pm PDT
PRE-RECORDED

1:15pm PDT

Microsoft AirSim: Applications to Research and Industry
In this talk, I will begin with an overview of Microsoft AirSim, an open source simulator for autonomous vehicles built on Unreal Engine, and its applications in both industry and academia. Then, I will shift focus to enabling drone racing research with AirSim, and highlight two recent projects. The first being Game of Drones - a simulation-based drone racing competition at NeurIPS 2019. And secondly, a research project focusing on learning representations and imitation learning to address the drone racing problem.

Speakers
avatar for Ratnesh Madaan

Ratnesh Madaan

Research Software Development Engineer, Microsoft

Sponsors

Monday July 6, 2020 1:15pm - 1:45pm PDT
LIVE

1:45pm PDT

The BVLOS future of drone software and industry standardization
James will present on the dramatic changes occurring in the drone software landscape as the commercial drone industry moves towards Beyond Line of Sight operations and begins to adopt safety and design standards. Specifically, James will address the recent ASTM Standard Specification for Detect and Avoid Performance Requirements* and Software Dependability requirements which governs the performance and functional characteristics of drone operations equipped with autonomous detect and avoid, critical for enabling the expansion of drone operations to the Beyond Line of Sight realm.

In the presentation James will cover detailed examples of the changes needed in different parts of the PX4 drone software ecosystem (specifically QGroundControl and PX4 Autopilot Firmware) related to some of the ASTM standard requirements and begin a conversation around how the PX4 community and the wider open source drone software community can begin to adopt these standards in its continued development and improvement.

* ASTM WK62668 (https://www.astm.org/DATABASE.CART/WORKITEMS/WK62668.htm) is anticipated to publish in June 2020 a definition for the minimum performance standards for DAA systems applicable to smaller UAS BLVOS operations for the protection of manned aircraft in lower altitude airspace.

Speakers
avatar for James Howard

James Howard

CTO, Iris Automation
I am the founder and VP Engineering of Iris Automation, developer of the worlds best Detect and Avoid technology! I\\'m excited about BVLOS operations and the future of our industry.



Monday July 6, 2020 1:45pm - 2:15pm PDT
LIVE

2:15pm PDT

Closing Remarks Day 1
Speakers
avatar for Ramon Roche

Ramon Roche

Program Manager, Dronecode


Monday July 6, 2020 2:15pm - 2:30pm PDT
LIVE
 
Tuesday, July 7
 

8:00am PDT

Welcome Remarks Day 2
Speakers
avatar for Ramon Roche

Ramon Roche

Program Manager, Dronecode


Tuesday July 7, 2020 8:00am - 8:15am PDT
LIVE

8:15am PDT

Pixhawk : Community Driven Open Standards for Drones
Main Speaker
avatar for Lorenz Meier

Lorenz Meier

Chairman, Dronecode
Lorenz Meier, holds a Ph.D. in drone software architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. He is the co-founder of Auterion, the chairman of Dronecode. In 2008 Lorenz created and released the PX4 autonomous drone autopilot to the open source community. Lorenz... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nuno Marques

Nuno Marques

Founder and Lead Software Engineer, Drone Solutions
Nuno Marques has more than 5 years of software engineering and system integration experience as a contractor and consultant, recording the participation in over 30 projects and product development for more than 25 companies and organisations in the drone industry over these years... Read More →
avatar for Michael Schäuble

Michael Schäuble

Product Manager, Auterion
avatar for Alex Klimaj

Alex Klimaj

Founder and Lead Electrical Engineer, ARK Electronics
avatar for Peter Van Der Perk

Peter Van Der Perk

Embedded Software Engineer, NXP Semiconductors


Tuesday July 7, 2020 8:15am - 9:00am PDT
LIVE

9:00am PDT

(CANCELED) Extreme level localisation for Swarm UAVs in Indoor Unknown Environment
THIS SESSION IS CANCELED DUE TO UNCONTROLLABLE CIRCUMSTANCES

THANKS FOR UNDERSTANDING



This session will talk about an extreme localization method for swarm UAVs in an Indoor Unknown Environment, with just a monocular camera and a tracking camera. I'll also talk about mapping (primarily for search and rescue purposes) and talk about the algorithm I've developed as part of my mandatory degree requirement.

Speakers
avatar for Nadeem Mohammed Shajahan

Nadeem Mohammed Shajahan

Student Researcher, TKM College of Engineering
I like to play with drones and built real world applications using Deep Learning and Computer Vision.


Tuesday July 7, 2020 9:00am - 9:15am PDT
PRE-RECORDED

9:00am PDT

An SoC-independent and open platform aims to help to standardize high-performance AI-enabled drones
With the increasing demand for computing capability, low power systems, flexible I/O as well as a mature software platform, the next generation of drones are calling for much more powerful silicon as well as differentiation these have to offer. Recently the largest cross silicon platform open standard organization, 96Boards, has joined forces with Dronecode to define the standard for high-performance drones. With its long list of silicon members and manufacturing partners worldwide, 96Boards brings high-performance silicon in a standardized approach to establish a generic hardware platform for drones.

Speakers
avatar for Yang Zhang

Yang Zhang

Director, 96Boards

Sponsors


Tuesday July 7, 2020 9:00am - 9:30am PDT
LIVE

9:30am PDT

Is it a drone? Is it a plane? No, it's Jetman!
The Swiss pilot and inventor Yves Rossy has created the Jetman --a wearable wing powered by four jet engines-- with two simple goals: fly like a bird and have fun. After 25 years of development, the Jetman has demonstrated amazing feats, among which were the crossing of the English channel, a flight in the Grand Canyon, and formation flights with the French Acrobatic Patrol. However, to enable a truly autonomous human flight, the last remaining step was vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) from the ground.

In this session, I will show how the PX4 ecosystem enabled the world first VTOL flight with a wearable wing capable of a maximum speed of 350 km/h and a maximum altitude of 5000 meters. The presentation will focus on both the technical and safety aspects of the project, and will contain behind the scenes images of the test flights.

Speakers
avatar for Julien Lecoeur

Julien Lecoeur

R&D Engineer, Flybotix


Tuesday July 7, 2020 9:30am - 10:00am PDT
LIVE

10:00am PDT

Break 1 Day 2
Tuesday July 7, 2020 10:00am - 10:05am PDT
LIVE

10:00am PDT

SmartWings - Active Turbulence Suppression for Aircraft
Research project on active turbulence suppression for aircraft. By means of anticipating pressure sensors in front as well as reactive intertial measurements inside of the aircraft it is possible to counteract disturbance effects of atmospheric turbulence in flight by deflecting control surfaces accordingly. Disturbances of the vertical acceleration, pitch rate and roll rate of an aircraft are likely to be reduced below 20% RMS.

Within the research project (TU Wien with three industry partners) unmanned and manned test flights are performed featuring Pixhawk flight controller, PX4 flight stack and additional custom hardware and software.

Speakers
avatar for Andras Galffy

Andras Galffy

CTO, Turbulence Solutions
Passionate Pilot - manned and unmanned.Control Engineer and Mechatronics Enthusiast.Make flights turbulence-free.


Tuesday July 7, 2020 10:00am - 10:15am PDT
PRE-RECORDED

10:05am PDT

Bringing micro-ROS to PX4-based flying systems
micro-ROS is a Robot Operating System specifically tailored for embedded and resource-constrained platforms, such as microcontrollers.

It is an open-source software that runs on Real Time Operating Systems (RTOS), such as NuttX and Zephyr. Above that, it runs the ROS 2 stack with a few microcontrollers-specific improvements. It offers powerful developer tools, such as a complete build system for different RTOSes and hardware platforms, and the whole pool of robotic applications available in a ROS 2 environment.

micro-ROS promotes microcontrollers to the ROS 2 world, and uses as a middleware eProsima Micro XRCE-DDS, that is, DDS for eXtremely Resource-Constrained Environments, a software solution allowing the integration of microcontrollers into the DDS world.

DDS is a communication protocol that deploys a Data-Centric Publisher-Subscriber model, whose implementation eProsima Fast DDS is the default middleware supported by ROS 2. The protocol used by eProsima Fast DDS to exchange messages over standard networks is the Real-Time Publish-Subscribe protocol (RTPS), an interoperability wire protocol for DDS.

Following the latest successful results of the integration of micro-ROS into microcontrollers and devices running different RTOSes, including NuttX, we suggest that micro-ROS could be seamlessly and profitably integrated into the PX4 ecosystem in the near future.

While the task of integrating PX4 into the DDS world has been dealt with by means of the micro-RTPS bridge so far, the present proposal hinges on the need for a more mature, flexible and secure interface with DDS that would be carried out by micro-ROS, and can be seen as a natural extension of the work done in the past over the micro-RTPS bridge. Actually, micro-RTPS was the first prototype and the origin of the micro-ROS project.

We therefore deem reasonable and desirable the exploration of XRCE-DDS and the possible migration from the micro-RTPS bridge implementation to micro-ROS in the PX4 ecosystem.

This talk will focus on presenting all of the concepts mentioned above, namely DDS, RTPS, XRCE-DDS and micro-ROS. We will then go over how both micro-ROS and the micro-RTPS bridge work, presenting a comparison between them. Finally, we will trace an ideal roadmap to migrate from the micro-RTPS bridge to micro-ROS, furthermore adding support of the latter to a platform like the Auterion Skynode.

Speakers
avatar for Jaime Martin-Losa

Jaime Martin-Losa

CEO, eProsima (Experts on Middleware)
avatar for Nuno Marques

Nuno Marques

Founder and Lead Software Engineer, Drone Solutions
Nuno Marques has more than 5 years of software engineering and system integration experience as a contractor and consultant, recording the participation in over 30 projects and product development for more than 25 companies and organisations in the drone industry over these years... Read More →



Tuesday July 7, 2020 10:05am - 10:35am PDT
LIVE

10:30am PDT

Uncomplicated Application-level Vehicular Communication And Networking (UAVCAN) for drones
We will briefly introduce the UAVCAN project once again and explain the benefits compared to some of the similar technologies for real-time distributed vehicular control systems. We will describe the current status of the project and invite new contributors to join the effort.

Speakers
avatar for Pavel Kirienko

Pavel Kirienko

Founder/CEO, Zubax Robotics
Helping enterprises around the world create aerial transport of the 21st century: electric, autonomous, dependable.


Tuesday July 7, 2020 10:30am - 10:45am PDT
PRE-RECORDED

10:35am PDT

Our journey to achieve event-enabled autonomy (3-design choices)
We are an autonomous delivery startup based in The Netherlands.
We harness the power of PX4 ecosystem along with cutting-edge Cloud solutions to enable Event-driven Autonomy for our drones. Simply put, it was hard (but super fun!).
Via this talk, we would like to distill and share our learnings in the form of 3 design choices (we call them as U-turns) which enables event-driven autonomy for our drones.

#1 Python and/or C++?
#2 When to 'Edge over Cloud'?
#3 When to 'Cloud over Edge'?

Net, our talk summarises best practices (our version) in realization of a ‘forward-looking’ autonomous drone delivery architecture. See you soon!


Speakers
avatar for Ram Grandhi

Ram Grandhi

Co-Founder & Fellow Developer, BreatheDigital B.V.
Weekday dreamer, weekend nerd. Passionate about marrying hardware and software, for a better mankind.
avatar for Deepak Singh

Deepak Singh

Technical Research Intern, BreatheDigital B.V.
I am a final year undergraduate student majoring in Electronics and Communication Engineering from NSIT college, Delhi. Currently I am working as a technical research intern in BreatheDigital B.V. . I primarily work on obstacle detection and trajectory planning. My areas of interest... Read More →


Tuesday July 7, 2020 10:35am - 11:05am PDT
LIVE

11:00am PDT

The cybersecurity status of PX4
In this session, Víctor from Alias Robotics will present a short evaluation of the current cybersecurity status of the PX4 autopilot. Following a data-based approach and by comparing it with other existing open source solutions for drones, Víctor will briefly cover some of the cyber security flaws in the source code, make recommendations and proposals to improve the overall security. The speech will finish by covering the typical DevSevOps cycle in robotics and will launch some open questions on how this could be embedded into the PX4 dev. cycle.

Speakers
avatar for Víctor Mayoral Vilches

Víctor Mayoral Vilches

CTO, Alias Robotics
Roboticist. Experience leading different groups across projects in robotics, AI and cybersecurity. Spent the last 10 years building robots. Selected in 2017 as one of the ten most innovative individuals under 35 in Spain by the MIT Technology Review for his work in robot modularity... Read More →



Tuesday July 7, 2020 11:00am - 11:15am PDT
PRE-RECORDED

11:05am PDT

Extending MAVSDK with new features
This session will explain how proto definitions and auto-generation can be leveraged to extend MAVSDK. Either by adding a MAVLink message to an existing plugin, or by creating a new plugin completely. The demo will show that the logic has to be written only once in C++, and that it is then propagated to the language bindings through auto-generation. It will also explain that this is independent from MAVLink, and could be used to leverage other interfaces (e.g. a REST interface to a web server).

Speakers
avatar for Jonas Vautherin

Jonas Vautherin

Software Engineer, Auterion
MAVSDK Maintainer


Tuesday July 7, 2020 11:05am - 11:35am PDT
LIVE

11:30am PDT

Autonomous Exploration Path Planning in High-risk Environments using Aerial Robots
In this talk we present a library of exploration path planning algorithms for aerial robots operating in high-risk settings such as underground environments. Given a previously unknown space, the exploration planners provide collision-free trajectories to navigate the space and build a complete map of the environment autonomously. The set of presented planners emphasize different aspects, such as on large-scale narrow-width subterranean environments, saliency-aware exploration, uncertainty-aware navigation and more. Among the multiple planners in the presented set, we will particularly emphasize on a novel graph-based planning framework purposefully built for aerial robots in subterranean environments such as underground mines, metropolitan infrastructure, and caverns. Given their often large-scale topology and complex network of branches, a bifurcated approach consisting of local and global planning layers is designed. The local planner employs a rapidly-exploring random graph to efficiently identify exploration paths within a local subspace. The global planner is developed as another layer to reposition the robot towards other unexplored areas over the global map when the robot reaches a dead-end situation. This planning algorithm is evaluated extensively in a variety of underground mines and bunkers in the U.S. and in Switzerland. The framework is also being used by the CERBERUS team in DARPA Subterranean Challenge which focuses on innovative robotics solutions for exploration and search missions in underground environments (https://www.subtchallenge.com/). Secondly, we will also focus on two multi-objective planners that co-optimize for exploration (extrinsic goal) and the intrinsic goals of localization uncertainty minimization and salient region re-observation. All the planners are interfaced via the Robot Operating System, a subset is open-sourced already, and to a great extent have been tested with PX4-enabled platforms.

A list of demonstration videos from our experiments and field deployments could be found at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3qlfAXmuOFIr-m8ScWJXdDO88_feibTq

Software related to the proposed planners that are already open-sourced is available at
- Graph-based Exploration Planner for Subterranean Environments: https://github.com/unr-arl/gbplanner_ros (in progress)
- Motion-primitives Based Planner for Fast & Agile Exploration: https://github.com/unr-arl/mbplanner_ros (in progress)
- Visual Saliency-aware Exploration Planner: https://github.com/unr-arl/rhem_planner
- Uncertainty-aware Receding Horizon Exploration and Mapping: https://github.com/unr-arl/vseplanner 
- Tutorial: https://www.autonomousrobotslab.com/subtplanning.html

Speakers
avatar for Tung Dang

Tung Dang

Graduate Researcher, University of Nevada, Reno
I am Tung Dang, PhD candidate at the University of Nevada, Reno. Currently, my research is focused on the informative path planning for autonomous exploration in large-scale subterranean environments.


Tuesday July 7, 2020 11:30am - 11:45am PDT
PRE-RECORDED

11:35am PDT

Automated testing as part of PX4 development
Who this session is for: anybody who wants to contribute to, debug or maintain PX4.
This session motivates the use of automated testing in PX4, of all types, and explains which type of testing should be used in what circumstances.
It ends with a technical demo of how to implement Unit and Functional tests with GTest, as a kickoff point for new contributors.

Speakers
avatar for Julian Kent

Julian Kent

Robotics Team Lead, Auterion
Julian is a senior engineer at Auterion, where he co-ordinates the robotics focused activities, balancing core feature development with supporting Auterion customer integration work. He also lends his expertise in electronics, software and hardware design around the company as ne... Read More →



Tuesday July 7, 2020 11:35am - 12:05pm PDT
LIVE

12:05pm PDT

Break 2 Day 2
Tuesday July 7, 2020 12:05pm - 12:15pm PDT
LIVE

12:15pm PDT

Control Allocation: reworking the PX4 mixing system
In the PX4 stack, the output of the controllers is converted into actuator commands by mixers.
Although very powerful for the insiders, the current mixing system is not user-friendly and is limited to static configurations.In this session, we present ongoing work on control allocation, which aims at complementing or even replacing the current mixing system.
The future control allocation module promises easier and more flexible airframe configuration, while enabling new features such as the continuous control of tilt-rotor transitions, and the handling of actuator failures.

Speakers
avatar for Julien Lecoeur

Julien Lecoeur

R&D Engineer, Flybotix
avatar for Silvan Fuhrer

Silvan Fuhrer

Flight Control Engineer, Auterion
Flight control engineer with a focus on fixed-wing and VTOL vehicles.


Tuesday July 7, 2020 12:15pm - 12:45pm PDT
LIVE

12:45pm PDT

PX4, an autonomous drone competition, an octocopter, and a bunch of high schoolers. What could go wrong?
We will be talking about how we first learned about and started using PX4 and the Dronecode ecosystem (including Pixhawk, PX4, and MAVLink) and our experiences working with the open-source community and open-source software. Additionally, we will share some background information on our club, as well as our progress up to this point and forwards as we enter the AUVSI SUAS autonomous drone competition next year. Finally, we will talk about our future plans; how we are continuing to contribute to the open-source community and some fun projects we hope to do in the future.

Speakers
avatar for Kai Gottschalk

Kai Gottschalk

Electrical Lead, AmadorUAVs
avatar for Kalyan Sriram

Kalyan Sriram

President, AmadorUAVs
avatar for Vincent Wang

Vincent Wang

Software Lead, AmadorUAVs
avatar for Justin Park

Justin Park

Assistant Mechanical Lead, AmadorUAVs
avatar for Ishan Duriseti

Ishan Duriseti

Mechanical Lead, AmadorUAVs
avatar for Marie Lee

Marie Lee

Business, AmadorUAVs
avatar for Sungje Park

Sungje Park

Management, AmadorUAVs


Tuesday July 7, 2020 12:45pm - 1:00pm PDT
PRE-RECORDED

12:45pm PDT

Getting started using UAVCAN v1 with PX4 on the NXP UAVCAN Board
Introduction to the NXP RDDRONE-UCANS32K146 reference board running PX4 & UAVCAN v1.We'll talk about the S32K MCU and its features, CAN bus and CAN FD, NuttX, PX4 and of course UAVCAN v1.

We don't make drones, we make reference designs using our silicon. Learn how this benefits you with opensource reference designs and proven starting points for modular safe and secure solutions. Gain insight into accessories and modules Drone and Rover development that NXP is working on including: battery management, CAN-FD interfaces, security and 2-wire ethernet.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Van Der Perk

Peter Van Der Perk

Embedded Software Engineer, NXP Semiconductors

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Tuesday July 7, 2020 12:45pm - 1:15pm PDT
LIVE

1:15pm PDT

What does it take to fly the PX4 stack on a certified aircraft?
Safety standards for the aviation industry are challenging and evolving rapidly. This presentation will focus on safety standards such as DO-178 B/C and how it's applicable for the PX4 flight stack. We will focus specifically on Design Assurance Levels, Safety Assurance Levels, and process related to the certification.

Speakers
avatar for Gokul Krishna Srinivasan

Gokul Krishna Srinivasan

Director of Technology, Robots Expert Finland Oy
Here's a short summary of my background:1. Educational background in robotics (unmanned aerial systems) and artificial intelligence2. Field experience with UAVs (commercial, tactical & defense), sensor systems, ground systems3. Was listed as one of the top 5 founders in Finland in... Read More →


Tuesday July 7, 2020 1:15pm - 1:30pm PDT
PRE-RECORDED

1:15pm PDT

Autonomous Drone Inspections using AirSim and PX4
Drones are increasingly moving from manual operations to more autonomous operations and missions. Inspection is one of the more demanded escenarios.
Microsoft’s autonomous systems platform enables you to build increased autonomy into your drone solutions. Using PX4 and Microsoft’s simulator AirSim you will learn how to architect an autonomous inspection solution.

Speakers
avatar for Guada Casuso

Guada Casuso

Principal Product Manager Autonomous systems, Microsoft
avatar for Paul Stubbs

Paul Stubbs

Director AI Marketing - Autonomous Systems, Microsoft
Paul Stubbs is a Director of AI Marketing for Microsoft, focusing on Autonomous Systems, such as vehicles, drones, and industrial robotics.

Sponsors

Tuesday July 7, 2020 1:15pm - 1:45pm PDT
LIVE

1:45pm PDT

PX4: Contributing to Docs
Overview of what our docs are, why you should contribute, and how you contribute.
- Quick Edits
- Complete Docs
- Translations

Speakers
avatar for Hamish Willee

Hamish Willee

Senior Technical Author, Auterion
PX4 Core Dev team member responsible for documentation. Talk to me about improving (and contributing to) guides for PX4, QGroundControl, MAVLink and MAVSDK.


Tuesday July 7, 2020 1:45pm - 2:00pm PDT
PRE-RECORDED

1:45pm PDT

PX4 and FAA Type Certification
PX4-based vehicles are in the first group of applicants that the FAA is reviewing for the new streamlined performance-based Type Certification, which will make it much easier for them to be granted permission to fly beyond Part 107 restrictions after October, when most of the current waivers expire.

I lead one team going through this with the FAA and also lead the ASTM process to create a standard for the testing to get such a certification. PX4 data is becoming the template for such testing, and I'll talk about several of the more challenging aspects of that that we're working through, including the inclusion of simulation data in lieu of some flight data and allowance for third-party apps built on MAVSDK

Speakers
avatar for Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson

CEO, 3DR
Along with founding Dronecode and co-founding the ArduPilot project way back in the day, I'm now mostly focused on drone regulation. I'm a member of the FAA's Drone Advisory Committee, lead the ASTM drone type certification working group, and 3DR is one of the first companies to go... Read More →


Tuesday July 7, 2020 1:45pm - 2:15pm PDT
LIVE

2:15pm PDT

Hovergames Challenge 2
NXP announces Hovergames Challenge 2: Help Drones Help Others - During Pandemics.

Learn why you should join this virtual coding challenge to improve your PX4 skills and inspire others in the community.
We'll talk about the challenge, the HoverGames Hardware, and introduce the new NavQ i.MX 8M Mini companion processor.

We don't make drones, we make reference designs using our silicon. Learn how this benefits you with opensource reference designs and proven starting points for modular safe and secure solutions. Gain insight into accessories and modules Drone and Rover development that NXP is working on including: battery management, CAN-FD interfaces, security and 2-wire ethernet.

Speakers
avatar for Iain Galloway

Iain Galloway

Drone Program Lead, NXP Semiconductors
NXP Mobile Robotics team looks across the breadth of semiconductor products from all NXP business lines. This includes Automotive,industrial, medical, RF sensors, and Wireless semiconductors. We prepare reference designs for FMUs, CAN, 2-Wire Ethernet, Security, and Companion computers... Read More →

Sponsors

Tuesday July 7, 2020 2:15pm - 2:45pm PDT
LIVE

2:30pm PDT

PX4 state estimation update
The talk will be a status and summary progress report on changes made to the PX4 navigation state estimator since the last conference. It will contain a description of the new yaw estimator algorithm that has enabled operation without a magnetomer or external yaw sensor, and enabled automatic recovery from loss of navigation due to bad magnetometer or yaw sensor data.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Riseborough

Paul Riseborough

Developer, GNC Solutions Pty Ltd
https://github.com/priseborough https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-riseborough-36066039/



Tuesday July 7, 2020 2:30pm - 2:45pm PDT
PRE-RECORDED

2:45pm PDT

Closing Remarks Day 2
Speakers
avatar for Ramon Roche

Ramon Roche

Program Manager, Dronecode


Tuesday July 7, 2020 2:45pm - 3:00pm PDT
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