Aerial Additive Building Manufacturing: Distributed Unmanned Aerial Systems for in-situ manufacturing of the built environment

Lead Research Organisation: Imperial College London
Department Name: Dept of Aeronautics

Abstract

Additive Building Manufacturing (ABM) is transforming the construction industry through the 3D printing of buildings and building components. A number of countries are now demonstrating ABM can substantially reduce construction time, material and transport costs, improve worker safety standards and alleviate construction's impact on urban traffic congestion and the environment. ABM also provides geometrical variety at no additional cost. In contrast to most manufacturing sectors, variety is a necessity within construction to satisfy different client requirements and adapt to unique terrain, boundary and laws governing each physical site.
However, current ABM systems are difficult to deploy on construction sites due to their large size and fixed 3D Print build volumes that are not sufficiently flexible to deal with the complexities of most building scenarios, or provide adequate measures for human safety. These ABM technologies are unable to undertake maintenance and repair work, or construct buildings in many urban or elevated sites. They are also not able to be utilised for post-disaster reconstruction activities where their manufacturing speed would be of great assistance.
To address this limitation, this research proposal aims to develop the world's first Aerial Additive Building Manufacturing (Aerial ABM) System consisting of a swarm of aerial robots (Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)) that can autonomously assess and manufacture building structures. Aerial ABM offers major improvements to human safety, speed, flexibility, and manufacturing efficiency compared to existing ABM and standard building construction technologies. We have already developed and demonstrated pilot results using UAS that can extrude 3D Print material during flight and we have developed simulation environments that allow for autonomous planning and execution of manufacturing with swarms of UAS working in collaboratively.
Using the resources of the EPSRC grant, we will co-develop and demonstrate a working Aerial ABM system that will manufacture structural elements such as walls and a freeform building pavilion. This will require innovation and major technical contributions in Hardware, Autonomy as well as in Materials and Structures. Building on the consortium's world-leading expertise in these areas and support from industrial partners (Skanska, Ultimaker, BuroHappold, Dyson and BRE), we aim at delivering the following main research contributions through this grant:

Aerial ABM Hardware
- A novel Aerial ABM robot design with autonomous vision based stabilisation, navigation and mapping of a dynamically changing environment that is optimised for flight and 3D Printing tasks.

Aerial ABM Autonomy
- A framework for autonomous manufacturing that utilises swarm intelligence for collaborative robot-to-robot operations, dynamic task sharing/allocation, adaptive response to context and dynamic environment content involving functions such as new methods of collision avoidance.
- Develop new modes of communication and control that enable the safe co-existence and cooperation of human workers, other robots and Aerial ABM robots on construction sites. Novel research in human-robot interaction, feedback and haptic interface functionalities will enable manufacturing flexibility suitable for construction sites that are always unique in size, shape and contextual complexity.
- An integrated design and real-time structural analysis software that delivers optimal structural integrity from minimal material weight within building design strategies that leverage this free-form manufacturing process to create innovative building design possibilities.

Aerial ABM Materials and Structures
- Development of new high-performance 3D-printable composite material and deposition procedures for the additive manufacture (3D Printing) of free-form light-weight building structures utilising autonomous UAS.

Planned Impact

The three main impact beneficiaries are the construction sector, society at large and the environment. The Aerial Additive Building Manufacturing (Aerial ABM) system proposed in this application can provide substantial benefits by enabling autonomous capabilities of collaborative working with human workers, situational awareness in unknown environments and low-risk manipulation in dangerous settings. These capabilities will benefit the three beneficiaries as follows:

CONSTRUCTION
Construction companies such as Skanska are economically penalised for time over-runs. Our technology has the potential to reduce manufacture time and complexity while expanding capabilities by providing autonomous behaviours and sensing to predict, measure, qualify and expedite construction. This can provide major cost savings and increased profits.

Transportation accounts for 20% of construction costs [1]. Aerial ABM can significantly reduce transportation volumes as only raw material is delivered to site.

UK Government Construction Strategy mandates all construction projects to utilise 3D Building Information Models (BIM) technology by 2016 [2]. Aerial ABM is able to increase building efficiency by integrating BIM more effectively with the construction on site.

SOCIETY
Health and Safety:
"The construction industry is the most dangerous sector in Britain....448 British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001. Over the same period, more than 760 construction workers have been killed on British sites." notes the UK Health and Safety Executive in 2014 after seeing an additional 3200 deaths from other construction related matters [3]. An Aerial ABM system can significantly reduce construction's 31% share of all UK worker fatalities [4] by reducing risk to construction workers in hazardous and labour-intensive tasks while allowing continued human participation in safer construction activities.

Increasing Housing Opportunities:
The UK is heading for a housing crisis where people cannot afford to buy or rent as a result of a shortage in housing and high costs of building. A RICS report forecasts house prices to rise 4.5%/yr for the next 5yrs [1]. Charities such as Shelter [5] advocate that the UK must reduce the cost and time of construction in order to make housing and other building services more attainable. Aerial ABM can help reduce the cost and time of urban construction, through a scalable and digital manufacturing process that saves construction time and resources.

Humanitarian:
A fast, effective means to undertake post-disaster re-construction and repair can save human lives directly and indirectly. Aerial ABM robots can commence work well before human workers can operate safely and they can do so in areas that are hard to access by ground. The technology can offer Governments and NGOs versatile, rapidly deployable, and low-cost solutions for emergency response and transitional shelter construction.

ENVIRONMENT
Aerial ABM enables almost zero percent waste construction while its on-site operation reduces transportation volumes. The insights from this project on novel structural and material engineering can also inform building designs requiring less material and lower logistic mass flows. These benefits reduce the embodied energy of buildings and enable reductions in construction's 47% share of the UK's carbon emissions.

[1] BIM Taskgroup, HM Government BIS, 2014
[2] BRE, Construction Site Transport, The Next Big Thing: Why Transport Is Important What You Can Do About It, 2003.
[3] http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-3040143/Housing-shortage-triggering-worrying-upsurge-property-prices-expectations-2-5-rise-2015.html
[4] Daniel Boffey, The needless death of Richard Laco and what it tells us about Britain's perilous building sites, The Observer, 2014
[5] http://england.shelter.org.uk/campaigns/why_we_campaign/the_housing_crisis/building_more_homes/building_more_homes

Publications

10 25 50
 
Title 3d Printing on an Inflatable Structure 
Description Within the Aerial Additive Building Manufacturing (Aerial ABM) project, Aerial Robotics Lab has run a number of workshops together with Architecture Association and brought roboticists and architects together to create the first 3D printed dome using aerial robots. A first version of the proposed dome structure was completed in December 2016. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact No impact yet 
 
Description - First successful demonstration of Aerial Additive Manufacturing using multiple drones.
- Application of existing multi-agent control system for use in Aerial Additive Manufacturing
- Novel shear-thinning materials that can be used for Aerial Additive Manufacturing.
- Dynamic landing on moving vehicles with autonomous, vision based drones that use origami-inspired impact protection structures for safe and robust landing.
- Impact resilient drones that can operate close to infrastructure elements for monitoring and repair tasks.
- Aerial robots that use tensile perching methods to stabilise in flight and around complex infrastructure systems.
- Software system for stable and precise manipulation of infrastructure systems.
Exploitation Route - The developed building materials could be used for robotic construction for ground or climbing vehicles.
- The developed perching drones can be used for sensor placement, surface sampling, manipulation and surface sensing tasks.
- The developed systems can be used for field testing and industrial case studies related to infrastructure management, digital ecology as well as to industry 4.0 workflows.
- The developed software can be used for autonomous operation with ground vehicles.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Construction,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Electronics,Energy,Environment,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Security and Diplomacy,Transport,Other

 
Description The project has inspired a new approach of building manufacturing and infrastructure repair that has been demonstrated and communicated to the wider public, students and the government. Scientific publications, talks at conferences and workshops have been used to share the project achievements with the scientific community internationally.
First Year Of Impact 2016
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Agriculture, Food and Drink,Construction,Creative Economy,Education,Energy,Environment,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Other
Impact Types Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg visit the new Brahmal Vasudevan Multi-Terrain Aerial Robotics Arena at Imperial College London
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg was the first Minister to visit the brand new Brahmal Vasudevan Multi-Terrain Aerial Robotics Arena at Imperial College London. Dr. Mirko Kovac presented the activities and the projects of the Aerial Robotics Lab. PhD students in the lab gave a demonstration of drones in action, showcasing the 16 high speed 3D aerial tracking cameras that record in real-time the dynamics of robots in the air. The visit, held on Friday 24 November, came in advance of a government announcement that police will be given new powers to prevent the unsafe or criminal use of drones under planned legislation. The measures are intended to allow drone users to continue flying safely and legally, helping to place the UK at the forefront of the fast-growing drone industry. This will also pave the way for the devices to be harnessed for a range of uses by businesses and public services. The government plan to publish the draft Drone Bill for consultation in spring 2018.
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-powers-for-police-to-address-illegal-and-unsafe-use-of-drones
 
Description Citation of project by Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/POST-PN-479#fullreport
 
Description Manufacturing Robotics - The Next Robotic Industrial Revolution
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
URL http://hamlyn.doc.ic.ac.uk/uk-ras/sites/default/files/Manufacturing%20White%20Paper.pdf
 
Description Robotic and Autonomous Systems for Resilient Infrastructure
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
URL http://hamlyn.doc.ic.ac.uk/uk-ras/sites/default/files/UK_RAS_wp_infrastructure_final_web_retina.pdf
 
Description Applied Off-site and On-site Collective Multi-Robot Autonomous Building Manufacturing
Amount £1,201,253 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S031464/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 12/2021
 
Description Automating Concrete Construction (ACORN)
Amount £1,243,062 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S031316/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 12/2021
 
Description EPSRC program grant
Amount £4,448,296 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R009953/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2018 
End 01/2023
 
Description ISCF - Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Hub
Amount £14,635,591 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R026173/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 04/2021
 
Description Robotic Ecosystems for Future Infrastructures
Amount £150,000 (GBP)
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
End 08/2023
 
Description SAT - Semi Autonomous Teleoperation
Amount £500,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 102909 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2017 
End 03/2018
 
Description Transforming Construction - Research Leadership. Applied Off-site and On-site Collective Multi-Robot Autonomous Building Manufacturing
Amount £1,201,254 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S031464/1 
Organisation University College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 12/2021
 
Title AquaMAV testing in wing and water tunnels 
Description AquaMAV prototypes were tested in wind and water tunnels that are part of the national wind tunnel facility. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The required setup included the design of an automated catapult launcher for the water tank and an automated data collection unit for the wind tunnel. These tools are useful and available for other projects. 
URL http://www.nwtf.ac.uk/html/index.html
 
Title Bioinspired technologies for construction and repair of the built environment 
Description Within the Aerial Additive Building Manufacturing (Aerial ABM) project, we take inspiration from biology to create novel printing, perching and flight technologies that are safer, more interactable and efficient. For example in smaller flying robots we take inspiration from house flies to create perching mechanisms based on mechanical intelligence of the body morphology. For larger robotic systems we rely on integration of complex control, sensing, and planning to enhance perching robustness. Inspired by ballooning spider, we have developed perching systems that enable stable motion of drones in 3D space based on strings and magnets. In order to develop efficient printing methods, we are inspired by nest creation methods employed by animals such as Swiftlet in nature. We have developed light weight deposition mechanisms and integrated them into flying drones that can turn Polyurethane foam materials into complex 3D structures that are more flexible in size and location. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact No impact so far. However, the work by Aerial Additive Building Manufacturing has been praised by a large number recognized academics and industrialists in the field, who are keen to collaborate with us on the existing or related future grants. This gives a very positive prospective for the societal and technological impacts of Aerial ABM within the near future. 
URL http://science.sciencemag.org/content/352/6288/895
 
Title Brahmal Vasudevan Multi-Terrai Aerial Robotics Arena 
Description Imperial College London has recently opened the Brahmal Vasudevan Multi-Terrain Aerial Robotics Arena at the Department of Aeronautics. This flight arena is the first of its kind in Europe. The facility is dedicated to the design, development and testing of novel mobile robots for various unstructured and extreme environments. Hosted on the roof of the City and Guilds building, the Robotics Arena has been built based on a £1.25 million gift from Imperial alumnus Mr Brahmal Vasudevan, who graduated in Aeronautical Engineering in 1990. The arena can be configured for various terrains, including air/ground/water and it allows for the setup of simulated challenging environments, industrial scenarios and urban infrastructures. It is designed to allow for experiments including smoke and combustion and it is fully laser rated. The space is equipped with 16 high speed 3D aerial tracking cameras, that can be used to record in real-time the dynamics of robots in air and on ground. A further ten 3D tracking cameras will be positioned in a water tank, which will be used to test novel multi-terrain robots that can move in both air and water. The facility includes one Innovation Room that will be used for work group creative design and robot development. Located next to it is the Robotics Workshop containing 3D printers, micro-manufacturing equipment and a fume hood for component fabrication and assembly. Two outdoor spaces are accessible from the arena for open-air testing. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Particular well suited to design, develop and test mobile robots for unstructured and extreme environments, the space will be dedicated to the creation of future robots for smart cities, for supporting workers in hazardous environments, or for search and rescue missions. It will be used as teaching facility for undergraduates and PhDs and will constitute a showcase space for promoting robotics technologies at Imperial College London with international reach. 
URL https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/182375/uk-world-leader-drone-tech-says/
 
Title Robot Arena 
Description Imperial's Department of Computing has installed a robot arena (5x5x5m cage) with motion tracking and control desks in order to conduct multi-disciplinary research and testing in mobile robotics, involving the operation of drones and ground robots. The arena complements the one run by the Aerial Robotics Lab. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact We have been conducting intensive testing and we will be able to run demonstrations to showcase our research. 
 
Title Cementitious Materials - experiments for Aerial Additive Building Manufacturing 
Description This database contains data arising from experiments concerning the development of mortar mixes for Aerial Additive Building Manufacturing. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact One paper has been written and will shortly be submitted for consideration once a target journal has been identified. One conference paper has been published as part of the 37th Cement and Concrete Science conference organised by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, UCL, 11-12 September 2017. 
 
Title Polyurethane foam database for Aerial Additive Building Manufacturing 
Description This research database contains experiments relating to the investigation of high and low density polyurethane foams. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Resulted in a published paper in the Institure of Civil Engineers' Construction Materials and a second paper is currently under consideration by the journal 'Additive Manufacturing'. 
 
Description Aerial Robotics Lab and the UK Atomic Energy Authority's Race (Remote Applications in Challenging Environments) 
Organisation UK Atomic Energy Authority
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The collaboration between a team from UK Atomic Energy Authority's Race (Remote Applications in Challenging Environments) and a team from Imperial College aimed at testing the use of drones in the maintenance of the next generation of nuclear power reactors.
Collaborator Contribution The Aerial Robotics Laboratory from Imperial College London designed a bioinspired nano aerial vehicle to fly into the reactor. The drone is a quadcopter with the size of the palm of a human hand to minimise turbulences. It is made out of transparent plastic and printed circuit material. To conserve its battery, the drone is able to attach itself with a magnet to the underside of a metal plate held by the robot. Then the drone uses a pulley and cord to lower itself down to the floor like a spider.
Impact This multi-disciplinary collaboration is continuing toward the development of robots that can go into places that are dangerous for humans.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Aerial Robots for exploration of hazardous environments: Robotic perching in Battersea Power Station 
Organisation Skanska UK Ltd
Department Cementation Skanska
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Cementation Skanska, also a partner on the same EPSRC project, is in charge of reconstruction of the Battersea Power Station. While they are still in the stage of demolishing of the existing structures in the power station, we have arranged a number of sessions (including a half-day session in November 2016) for testing of our novel perching technologies inside partially demolished structures. Development of efficient perching technologies is one of the key milestone for Aerial Additive Building Manufacturing enabling attachment to elevated structures to make a stable platform for printing.
Collaborator Contribution The partner has been offering a suitable site for testing of aerial construction technologies that are being developed within the Aerial Additive Building Manufacturing project. They are members of the project steering committee where they provide technical feedback and advice for possible improvements. Furthermore, they also have a very useful input into risk assessment documents for our in-flight printing and perching tests that can enhance the safety aspects of aerial robotic constructions.
Impact Creating new influential technologies requires expertise in design, implementation and testing. Cementation Skanska has provided a testing environment that can simulate the situation after natural disasters such as earthquake when a swarm of aerial 3D printers can fly to the disaster zone and start fast shelter printing to accommodate people.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Collaboration with Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) 
Organisation Empa - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology
Country Switzerland 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Staff time for meetings to discuss possible and active ORCA Hub projects.
Collaborator Contribution Staff time for meetings to discuss end-user requirements for drones in infrastructure inspection and evaluation. Provide a testing site and materials for a demonstration of aerial inspection.
Impact nil
Start Year 2018
 
Description Visiting Faculty - Barbara Mazzolai (Italian Institute of Technology, IIT) 
Organisation Italian Institute of Technology (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia IIT)
Country Italy 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Barbara Mazzolai is Coordinator of the Center for Micro-BioRobotics (CMBR) at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) and Deputy Director at IIT delegate to the Supervision and Organization of IIT Centers Network at the same institute. She collaborates with Mirko Kovac as expert in bioinspired design, soft robotics and smart materials to be integrated in the design and development of aerial robots. She has spent 6 months of sabbatical period at the Aerial Robotics Lab to work on joint publications and joint project proposals.
Collaborator Contribution Joint publication in the Journal of the Royal Society, Interface (Sareh S, et al 2017, ISSN 1742-5662); Joint project proposal submitted to the EU H2020 Call ICT-25-2016-2017 (Hu-DroneS); advisory role on PhD students and Post docs. Distinguished BioRobotics Lecture at Imperial College (June 30, 2017)
Impact Joint publication in the Journal of the Royal Society, Interface (Sareh S, et al 2017, ISSN 1742-5662); Joint project proposal submitted to the EU H2020 Call ICT-25-2016-2017 (Hu-DroneS); advisory role on PhD students and Post docs. Distinguished BioRobotics Lecture at Imperial College (June 30, 2017). The collaboration is multidisciplinary and includes: aerial robotics, soft robotics, material science, biology.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Visiting Faculty - Prof. Afzal Suleman (University of Victoria) 
Organisation University of Victoria
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Visiting Faculty - Prof. Afzal Suleman (University of Victoria)
Collaborator Contribution Visiting Faculty - Prof. Afzal Suleman (University of Victoria)
Impact Visiting Faculty - Prof. Afzal Suleman (University of Victoria)
Start Year 2016
 
Description Visiting Faculty - Prof. Afzal Suleman (University of Victoria) 
Organisation University of Victoria
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Visiting Faculty - Prof. Afzal Suleman (University of Victoria)
Collaborator Contribution Visiting Faculty - Prof. Afzal Suleman (University of Victoria)
Impact Visiting Faculty - Prof. Afzal Suleman (University of Victoria)
Start Year 2016
 
Title AERIAL DEVICE CAPABLE OF ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING AND ASSOCIATED METHOD 
Description An aerial device (100) capable of controlled flight comprises a first body (110) comprising a lift generator for providing lift to the aerial device (100); a second body (208) comprising a substance dispenser (122) for controllably dispensing a curable substance for additive manufacture; an articulated coupling assembly (200) coupling the first body (110) to the second body (208); an actuator (212; 214; 216) operable to articulate the articulated coupling assembly (200) so as to move the second body (208), and thereby the substance dispenser (122), relative to the first body (110); and a controller operable to control the lift generator, the substance dispenser (122), and the actuator (212; 214; 216). 
IP Reference WO2016193667 
Protection Patent granted
Year Protection Granted 2016
Licensed No
Impact Device and methodology are used within the EPSRC research grant on Aerial Additive Building Manufacturing
 
Title AERIAL DEVICES CAPABLE OF CONTROLLED FLIGHT 
Description An aerial device (100) capable of controlled flight has a body (110), a rotor (120) arranged to rotate relative to the body; and a deployable sheet (130), the sheet having an undeployed configuration in which the sheet is folded against the body and a deployed configuration in which the sheet is at least partially unfolded away from the body. 
IP Reference WO2016193690 
Protection Patent granted
Year Protection Granted 2016
Licensed No
Impact Aerial device origami-based system for safe landing will find application in areas with unstructured environments.
 
Title Robotic Vehicle 
Description A robotic vehicle with legs and propellers to enable it to walk, fly, and or swim. 
IP Reference WO2016193666 
Protection Patent granted
Year Protection Granted 2016
Licensed No
Impact Technology used and further developed in larger projects on multi-modal locomotion and aerial additive building manufacturing.
 
Title Multi-sensor fusion for drones 
Description We have extended previous work, Open Keyframe-based Visual-Inertial SLAM (OKVIS), developed by myself. The framework forms the backbone of our autonomous drone flight software stack. Speficaally, we have developed a method and its implementation that can seemlessly transition between availability or unavailability of GPS, including RTK GPS. This will enable us to precisely navigate drones (centimetre precision). We have furthermore extended OKVIS to accept the Intel Realsense ZR300 RGB-D camera (plus inertial) feed. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The framework forms the backbone of our autonomous drone flight software stack. It will enable our drones to navigate with global centimetre accuracy, when GPS is available. This is a necessity e.g. when attempting to use drones to 3D print structure. But applications go far beyond, from surveillance to delivery to military applications with drones. The fact that we have integrated OKVIS with an easily commercially availble and self-contained sensor (the Realsense ZR 300) will speed-up our test and development cycle and would boost software adoption once released (which we might in future). 
 
Title Multicopter model-predictive control 
Description We have developed both linear Model-Predictive Controllers (MPC) as well as Nonlinear MPCs for accurate control of multicopter system. The algorithms and software implementation form an essential part in our drone operations. The approach allows for enforcement of both hard and soft constraints of the flight envelope, such that we can achieve both high precision, robustness, and safety. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact The algorithms and software implementation form an essential part in our drone operations. The approach allows for enforcement of both hard and soft constraints of the flight envelope, such that we can achieve both high precision, robustness, and safety. 
 
Description 37th Cement and Concrete Science Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An international conference held at UCL, United Kingdom on the 11th - 12th September 2017, organised by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and Advanced and Innovative Materials Group (AIM). Engagement consisted of an oral presentation followed by questions supported by a conference paper.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.ucl.ac.uk/aim/conference-info/37ccs
 
Description Aerial Robots demo at BBC One Click TV Program 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In this TV program, we presented an innovative concept for developing multi-modal aerial robotic systems with perching and stabilizing capabilities. At the site, there are over 100 audience and later the program was visible for general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description BBC Click Feature 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Kovac conducted an interview with the BBC for their 'Click' technology feature, with Rob Siddall providing background assistance. The topic of the segment was pollution monitoring, and the interview also featured footage of robot prototypes from the project being tested.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08hz447/click-air-quality
 
Description BBC World News 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview of Mirko Kovac for BBC World News as Robotics expert with audience of ca. 400 million people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-38505626
 
Description BBC World Service - Special edition BBC Click on Drones 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Special edition of BBC click with interview to Dr Mirko Kovac
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p030vxy4
 
Description BtS Conference (Croatia) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Breaking the Surface Marine Robotics (BtS) serves as a prominent meeting place for experts and students of marine control engineering and signal processing and the marine robotics application areas. Dr Mirko Kovac presented the our latest aerial robotics technologies with highlights on the work on Aerial ABM at this meeting during October 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.marinetraining.eu/content/breaking-surface-2016-8th-international-interdisciplinary-field...
 
Description Children Christmas Lecture at Imperial College 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Mirko Kovac was invited to be the speaker at the annual Children's Christmas Lecture at Imperial College. The event is one of the College's annual prestigious lectures, the aim of which is to demonstrate to children that science can be fun as well as interesting and hopefully they will go on to consider studying science at GCSE, A Level and beyond. The age range of the audience is 11-16, involving schools in London and children of Imperial staff and alumnus who attend as well as members of the general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/eventssummary/event_9-11-2016-10-57-45
 
Description Children Christmas Lecture at Surrey 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Mirko Kovac was invited speaker to the IET and University of Surrey 2017 Children's Christmas Lecture. The event is organised for schools, with target audience of children between 13 - 18 year olds who are interested in Science, Engineering and Technology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/iet-christmas-lecture-2017-surrey-tickets-39319167689#
 
Description Construction Site Robotics Symposium (ARUP, London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Organised by Arup, event brought together a range of leading thinkers to explore opportunities and implications of responding to a future of construction site robotics. Between 50-100 industry and academic participants attending the event generating following collaboration leads. This includes an EPSRC iCASE with ARUP.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Drone Flying at Imperial Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We have displayed autonomously flying drones at the Imperial Festival, an annual science exhibition for the general public. The audience experienced the direct outcome of our research in a very tangible way: even kids could get the drones to performe actions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017,2018
URL http://www.imperial.ac.uk/festival
 
Description Ecobuild Exhibition (Excel, London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Ecobuild was a four-day event at Excel Exhibition Centre in London bringing professionals and researchers in the field of construction together to exchange ideas and demonstrate potential implementations for our future built environment. Aerial Robotics Lab at Imperial has been invited to give a presentation on "Drones for construction and repair in future cities" as well as the opportunity to display novel technologies developed within Aerial Additive Building Manufacturing project to a wide range of audiences from industry to academia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description European Robotics Forum 2017 - Talk at Workshop on Aerial Robotics Inspection: from prototypes to Industrial Applications 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The European Robotics Forum is the most influential event of the robotics community in Europe. The event gather together academic researchers, industrial representatives and EU officers to present and discuss robotics trends, future initiatives and funding opportunities. The 2017 edition was held in Edinburgh, from March 22 to 24 (http://www.erf2017.eu). The Aerial Robotics Lab has been invited to participate and give a talk at the workshop organised by the Topic Group on Aerial Robotics. The presentations session was followed by a group discussion on aerial robotics challenges and future opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.erf2017.eu
 
Description European Robotics Forum: talk at Workshop on Aerial Robotics Inspection: from prototypes to Industrial Applications 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation of the project activities during the Workshop on Aerial Robotics Inspection: from prototypes to Industrial Applications at the 2017 European Robotics Forum. Discussion and networking followed the presentation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.erf2017.eu/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ERF2017-Schedule-v1.1.pdf
 
Description Exhibition at Science Museum - London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact AquaMAV has been featured for a Topic Zone at London Science Museum from February 2017. Topic Zones are single-object displays that highlight a new technology and are displayed for four months, reaching an audience of about 100,000. Technology displayed must be both interesting and ground-breaking. Content is presented via digital interactive displays and visitors are invited to comment on the objects - with internal moderation. The aim is to encourage visitors to discuss cutting-edge science and technology.
Two prototypes of AquaMAV are currently exposed in the Science Museum, one prototype is attached to the roof showing the flying modality and the other is in a tank showing the underwater modality. The robots will be exposed for 4 months during the event on Robots.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://antenna.sciencemuseum.org.uk/topiczone/articles/can-flying-diving-robots-help-keep-our-ocean...
 
Description ICCV 2017 Workshop: 3D Reconstruction meets Semantics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop talk about current research results for international experts in computer vision
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://trimbot2020.webhosting.rug.nl/events/3drms/
 
Description ICRA 2017 talk at Workshop IC3 - Industry of the future: Collaborative, Connected, Cognitive. Novel approaches stemming from factory of the future & industry 4.0 initiatives (June 2 2017, Singapore) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact ICRA is the flagship conference of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. We have submitted the proposal for a talk at the workshop on IC3 Industry of the future which has been evaluated and accepted for the event. During the talk, Dr Kovac has shown the results and the challenges related to the aerial robotics construction for the industry of the future. A group discussion with researchers, industrial representatives and policymakers has followed after the talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://sssa.bioroboticsinstitute.it/workshops/IC3_icra2017
 
Description IEEE RAS Conference on Soft Robotics - RoboSoft 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact ORCA Hub featured during the RoboSoft2018 full day workshop on "Soft-bodied structures in nature and robotics: towards new trends and opportunities"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.robosoft2018.org
 
Description IROS workshop: Learning for Localization and Mapping 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop talk in international conference about research results.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://sites.google.com/site/learningforslam/
 
Description Imperial Festival (London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Imperial Festival was a two day event where the Aerial Robotics Lab demonstrated new technologies for flight, perching, printing using quadcopter platforms as well as other flying robots to university students and schools.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.imperial.ac.uk/festival/
 
Description Imperial Festival 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact ORCA Hub featured during the Imperial Festival (http://www.imperial.ac.uk/festival/) at the Aerial Robotics Lab stand and during the tours in the Aerial Robotics Arena
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.imperial.ac.uk/festival/
 
Description Industrial Strategy all staff event - Rising to the Grand Challenge 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Exhibitor stand of the ORCA Hub at the Industrial Strategy all staff event - Rising to the Grand Challenge, held at the Conference Centre in Westminster. As a part of the event, we participated in the organised marketplace with different exhibitions created by partner organisations and the business industry. The stand has been visited by ministers, senior members, and BEIS staff keen on discussing the Industrial Strategy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited Speaker in IROS'16 workshop "State Estimation and Terrain Perception" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact World-leading researchers in the field of perception / Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) attended this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Invited presentation - MOD's Defence Equipment & Support Executive Committee visit to Imperial College 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A talk on Bio-inspired Aerial Robotics for Future Smart Cities presented for discussion with Defence Equipment & Support Executive Committee.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited talk at Behang University, Beijing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Mirko Kovac has been invited to give a talk at Behang University, Beijing
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited talk at ETH Zurich 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact An invited talk to discuss the forefront of research in visual localisation and mapping.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited talk at Khalifa University (2017) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Mirko Kovac has been invited to give a talk at Khalifa University during the MBZIRC competition.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited talk at London CV Meetup 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An invited keynote in a London Meetup attended by leaders in Computer Vision and Robotics research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Keynote Lecture at International Conference of Micro Aerial Vehicles 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Mirko Kovac has been invited to give a Keynote Lecture at the 2017 International Conference of Micro Aerial Vehicles (http://www.imav2017.org)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.imav2017.org
 
Description Keynote lecture in International Conference of Micro Aerial Vehicles 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact International Conference of Micro Aerial Vehicles, Toulouse, FR
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Keynote presentation on New Connections: "Robotics and Construction" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A keynote presentation on New Connections: "Robotics and construction" in an Industry Showcase organised by Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Keynotes lectures in CNRS Journées Nationales du GdR Robotique 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 11.2018 CNRS Journées Nationales du GdR Robotique, Paris, FR
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Live interview on Aljazeera TV 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Live interview of Dr Mirko Kovac on Aljazeera TV as Aerial Robotics expert for the world news.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://twitter.com/aerialrobotics/status/787007134978437120
 
Description Local talk in London (Laura Margcheri) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Laura also talked about her experience at Imperial during a local event on March 8, showing the AcquaMAV.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.facebook.com/events/2602419949830206/
 
Description Mannheim Multihalle 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Lectures in Stuttgart and Berlin on Frei Otto's Mannheim Multihalle. Chris Williams was part of the original design team and is advising on the future use of and modifications to the structure.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multihalle
 
Description McKinsey & Co. Advanced EMEA Industries Conference: Our Unmanned Future (Rome, Italy) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact We were invited to present the vision of the Aerial Robotics Lab on "Our Unmanned Future", which included examples on using drones for construction and repair of the built environment. Over 400 professionals from high-impact industries such as Airbus and Ferrari and media professionals have presented and attended this event which had been instrumental in creating links for future project activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Meeting with BASF about polyurethane materials for repair tasks 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact meetings and discussions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Opening of the Brahmal Vasudevan Multi-Terrain Aerial Robotics Arena 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact On October 20, 2017, the Aerial Robotics Lab has organised on official ceremony for the opening of the new Multi-Terrain Aerial Robotics Arena at Imperial College London. The development of the Arena is thanks to a £1.25 million gift from Imperial College alumnus Mr Brahmal Vasudevan. The Arena is the first of its kind in Europe, enabling engineers to test the next generation of aerial robotics for urban environments and extreme conditions. The researchers in the Arena can simulate different terrains in the air, the ocean and on land. The space also enables the engineers to create extreme conditions such as fire, smoke, and heat to simulate how the next generation of drones will perform in harsh environments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/182375/uk-world-leader-drone-tech-says/
 
Description Paper plane design and launch competition workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Attendees were introduced into aircraft design and how the principles apply to paper planes. They could the make their own designs for a flight distance competition. The planes were launched at the same speed and angle and the landing point marked for every attempt. Participants could learn about the effect of changes to the design by launching them consecutively in a repeatable way. A podium for the top three was held for additional engagement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Pint of Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I (Rob Siddall) spoke for 30 minutes and did a small live demonstration to an audience of around 50, about the Aquatic Micro Air Vehicles Research. The talk generated a great deal of interest, and I was invited to repeat it again later in the year by the organisers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/robotic-presents-and-bionic-futures
 
Description Plenary talk at the World of Drones Congress 2017, Brisbane 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Aerial Robotics Lab has been invited to give a talk at the inaugural World of Drones Congress (WoDC) 2017, which has been held from 31 August to 2 September 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. Over 630 delegates from across the Asia Pacific and beyond attended and the congress featured a fascinating Expo with over 30 exhibitors from Australia, China and Japan. The program included the launch of Australia's very first state-wide Drones Strategy by the Premier of Queensland and the first Australian National Drone Safety Forum.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.worldofdrones.com.au
 
Description Poster presentation at ICRA 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Poster presentation during the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA): "Bioinspired aquatic micro air vehicle for environmental monitoring and disaster relief"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation and demo 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gammon Construction Imperial visit
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation and demo COEBIT 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 09/18. Presentation at COEBIT (Centre of Excellence for Bio-Inspired Technology) meeting
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation and demo Delegations from the french embassy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact with Prof. Nozha Boujemaa, Director of DATAIA Institute
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation and demo Imperial festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public event with Imperial Festival
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation and demo Italian AI experts and ministry representatives 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 31/01/19. Lab visit from committee of Italian AI experts and ministry representatives
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation and demo Microsoft 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Yearly tour for CEOs, Research Directors, and other leaders from their university partners
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation and demo Oxford animal flight group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 08/10/18. Visit to Oxford animal flight group for small symposium 
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation and demo Paul Pounds 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact University of Queensland, Australia
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation and demo Science museum 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 22/10/18-26/10/2018. Science museum outreach: showcasing research, interacting with visitors, helping children design robots
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation and demo Trenton Jerde 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact editor for Nature Machine Intelligence
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation and demo World of Drones Congress 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 13/12/18. Lab visit from Australian "World of Drones Congress" organisers (largest industrial drones conference in Australasia)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation and demo Zaman Ahmad 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Cyber Training Firm, Malaysia
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Press release in Telez 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact annoucement of EMPA collaberation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.telez.ch/neues-drohnenlabor_14813/#
 
Description Research Colloquium (ETH Zurich) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Mirko Kovac presented our novel 3D printing and aerial construction technologies arising from Aerial ABM at the Research Colloquium on Building Technologies at ETH Zurich in January 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Research Talk (Livorno, Italy) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In April 2016, Dr Mirko Kovac talked about the use soft materials in aerial robots to enhance the flight performance as well as creating support structures inspired by birds in nature. The talk attracted a large number of audience and his team were invited to write a book chapter on Soft Aerial Robots.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.robosoftca.eu/information/events/soft-robotics-week-2016
 
Description Research Talk (Perugia, Italy) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Mirko Kovac presented the progress on 3D printing materials within the Aerial ABM project at the International Conference on Smart and Multifunctional Materials, Structures and Systems in Perugia, Italy. This presentation initiated new discussions for possible collaboration with colleagues at the Italian Institute of Technology on 3D printing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://2016.cimtec-congress.org/
 
Description Research Visit to EMPA-Nest in Zurich 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation and tour of EMPA nest facility, regarding potential collaborations between Imperial and ETH Zurich
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Robotics and Autonomous Systems in UK Manufacturing 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The aim work of this workshop was to address the knowledge gap between RAS researchers, policy and the manufacturing communities. The specific objectives were to:

-Identify to the state of the art in RAS and how these technologies can address real-world manufacturing challenges.
-Identify areas of added value for RAS that can have long term impact on UK manufacturing.
-Support new collaborations between technology and application communities.
-Develop a strategy for RAS to support UK manufacturing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://hamlyn.doc.ic.ac.uk/uk-ras/events/manufacturing-workshop-AMRC
 
Description Royal Society (London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The event was hosted by prof. Brian Cox at the Royal festival hall who was running a debate on Artificial Intelligence. Dr Mirko Kovac ran a 10 minutes presentation and live demo showing in-flight arm stabilization of a robotic arm methods for drones.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.imperial.ac.uk/festival/
 
Description Science Museum Autonomous Vehicles Interactive Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Took part in the 5 day interactive Science Museum event on Autonomous vehicles. Several laboratory members worked through case studies on designing autonomous vehicles for practical use with the general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description TAROS 2018 Conference Presentation (invited) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact As the winner of the Best UK PhD in robotics, Rob Siddall was invited to give a short talk detailing his thesis on Aerial-Aquatic Locomotion at the TAROS 2018 conference in Bristol.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk (RACE, Culham, UK) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Mirko Kovac presented latest technologies for aerial manipulation and construction at RACE in challenging environments Symposium, Culham, UK, during October 2017. The presentation has initiated a number of collaborative activities on the use of aerial robots in exploration and repair in challenging environments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.race.ukaea.uk/
 
Description Talk and presentation in TEDxBolognaWomen (Laura Margheri) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact TEDxBolognaWomen: http://www.tedxbologna.com/perspectives/
It was held on December 8, 2018. I talked about the multidisciplinary of biorobotics, from my experience etc and I showed a video of the AquaMAV among the examples.
The outreach was mainly at national level (Italy), even if the video is globally online:
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8xP8lMsl3Q
 
Description Talk at PwC School of Mines 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Mirko Kovac participated in the panel discussion around the potential uses of drones/AI/robotics in Mining at the PwC annual conference "London School of Mines"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk to a Secondary School (St George's Catholic College 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talk at the annual awards ceremony for a secondary school in southampton, GCSE students and parents invited.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk to a sixth form school group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A talk on robotics and question session with a large school group (Year 9 - A2 Level)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Unmanned Maritime Systems Conference, May 16-17 2018, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Mirko Kovac was invited speaker at the second annual Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology conference, held in London on the 16th and 17th May 2018, organised by the SMi Group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.smi-online.co.uk/defence/uk/conference/Unmanned-Maritime-Systems#tab_overview
 
Description Urban Explorers Children's Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Participated in the Urban Explorers childrens conference, talking with primary/secondary school children about robotics and the work of Imperial College Researchers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description lecture on biorobotics during a workshop organized by the IAAD (Laura Margheri) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Laura gave a lecture on biorobotics during a workshop organized by the IAAD (https://www.iaad.it/en/). She made a sort of review of bio-robots, including the AcquaMAV.
It was a lecture for about 20-25 students, from Italy and Israel. It was held on February 11, 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.iaad.it/en/