Aerial robots play an increasingly important role in surveillance and exploration missions in both military and civilian domains, however most currently fielded aerial robots are tele-operated. Fully autonomous aerial robotic systems are within reach, though further research and development is needed. This workshop seeks to bring together theorists and experimentalists in aerial robotics to focus on the topics of exploration, mapping, and surveillance with aerial robots; including 3D SLAM, autonomous exploration, vehicle routing for surveillance, coverage control, and cooperative exploration. The workshop will emphasize the presentation of recent high-quality results in the pertinent areas and will encourage discussions to address the challenges of transitioning from theory to practice in this important and clearly motivated area of research.

full-day workshop will be held Friday, July 1, 2011.