Description of the organisation
The Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU) founded in 1707, is the most prominent reasearch university of technology in the Czech Republic. CTU currently has eight faculties and host about 21 thousand students from bachelor to PhD level.
CTU will be involved in the project through the Multi-robot Systems (MRS) group at Department of Cybernetics, Faculty of Electrical Engineering. The Department of Cybernetics has long term expertise in robotics, computer vision and artificial intelligence and was involved in >25 EU projects of FP6/FP7 and H2020 programmes. MRS group http://mrs.felk.cvut.cz integrates various research disciplines required for design, implementation, experimental evaluation, and application of complex autonomous aerial systems. Research streams followed by MRS group members include motion and trajectory planning, locomotion generation, control, communication, coordination, and stabilization of groups of ground, aerial, and modular robots. From the application point of view, MRS deals with safety critical systems, environment monitoring by swarms of micro aerial vehicles, self-stabilized convoys of ground and aerial robots, and search & rescue topics. MRS has currently 18 researchers and engineers with strong expertise in robotics and particularly in aerial robotics. The MRS researchers participated in >20 projects and contracts related to aerial robotics, including large national projects (> 1M EURO each) and EU FP7 projects.
MRS (PI Martin Saska) led a team of CTU, University of Pennsylvania and the British University of Lincoln that won the first place in MBZIRC competition (143 world-wide robotic laboratories applied) in the discipline of cooperative collection of objects using a group of autonomous UAVs and took silver position in the category of autonomous landing on a moving vehicle http://mrs.felk.cvut.cz/mbzirc.
MRS has a long-term experience with industrial aerial projects that achieved a high TLR level. An autonomous aerial robot that is able to capture intruder drones – Eagle One https://eagle.one, and a system for scanning of interiors of historical buildings by semi-autonomous and fully autonomous UAVs flying in GPS denied environment http://mrs.felk.cvut.cz/research/historical-monuments-documentation can be mentioned as successful examples that were already deployed.
Role in the AERIAL-CORE project and main tasks
CTU will be the leader of Task 2.3 in WP2 and Task 7.4 Coordination of a Heterogeneous Team of ACWs in WP7. CTU provides strong expertise in aerial robotics and particularly in multi robot aerial coordination and manipulation. CTU will also participate in the field of aerial robotics perception and multi robot planning tasks.