GT-UAV Workshop 2017, organizer

The autumnal session of the GT-UAV 2017 will be hosted at LAAS-CNRS in Toulouse on October 19th, 2017.

During the event several talks about UAVs will be proposed by senior researchers and students as well.

Unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as aerial robot, UAVs, UASs, or civilian drones, are robots capable to fly autonomously or semi-autonomously in a broad variety of scenarios. The research on aerial robots has been boosted in the last decade thanks to the availability of low-cost and light-weight technology and to their great versatility.
Indeed, it is surprising the number of possible applications for UAVs, such as search and rescue, monitoring, and precision agriculture, just to mention a few.
The increase of popularity led to development of several methods for different problems such as, e.g., flight control, aerial navigation and planning, aerial sensing and mapping, and aerial transportation and manipulation.

The recent trends led to the development of a new type of designs named multi-directional thrust vehicles, capable to generate thrust in multiple directions. These designs are particularly useful in the aerial physical interaction domain.

The event will propose a series of invited talks, focused on the recent works and results on multi-directional thrust vehicles, followed by general talks about recent results in the aerial vehicles community.

The participation to the event is free but a registration is required. Every attendee should fill the web form:,

Date and Venue
October 19th, 2017
Salle Europe, LAAS-CNRS, 7 Avenue du Colonel Roche, 31031 Toulouse, France

9h30 - 9h40

9h40 - 10h20
M.-A. Trujillo (CATEC, Seville)
Multi-directional-thrust vehicles: Current and future applications in real world

10h20 - 10h40
Coffee break

10h40 – 11h20
A. Franchi (CNRS, LAAS-CNRS)
Multi-directional-thrust vehicles: a synopsis on 
generic rotor configurations

11h20 - 12h00
D. Brescianini (ETH-Zurich)
Omni-directional-thrust vehicles: Design and trajectory generation

12h00 - 13h30
Lunch break

13h30 - 14h00
Franck Ruffier (ISM, CNRS-AMU)
X-Morf: a crash-separable quadrotor that morfs its X-geometry in flight

14h00 - 14h30
Murat Bronz (ENAC)
Development of a Transitioning Vehicle: What we have learned so far

14h30 - 15h00
Pascal Morin (ISIR, UPMC)
Design of a new convertible MAV: theoretical background and first flight tests

15h00 - 15h30
Coffee break - Lab tour

15h30 - 16h30
Final Discussion

Local organizers:
- Antonio Franchi (CNRS Researcher),
- Simon Lacroix (CNRS Researcher),
- Marco Tognon (PhD student)

GT UAV coordinators:
- Pascal Morin (Professeur, ISIR, UPMC),
- Franck Ruffier (CNRS Researcher, ISM)

Email to Antonio Franchi:

The event is sponsored by:
- GDR Robotique,
- The EU H2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 644271 AEROARMS