Michael Burri

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Robust, accurate pose estimation and mapping at real-time in six dimensions is a primary need of mobile robots, in particular flying Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAVs), which still perform their impressive maneuvers mostly in controlled environments. This work presents a visual-inertial sensor unit aimed at effortless deployment on robots in order to equip them(More)
Within this paper, a new fast algorithm that provides efficient solutions to the problem of inspection path planning for complex 3D structures is presented. The algorithm assumes a triangular mesh representation of the structure and employs an alternating two-step optimization paradigm to find good viewpoints that together provide full coverage and a(More)
The challenge of aerial robotic physical interaction towards inspection of infrastructure facilities through contact is the main motivation of this paper. A hybrid model predictive control framework is proposed, based on which a typical quadrotor vehicle becomes capable of stable physical interaction, accurate trajectory tracking on environmental surfaces(More)
Multirotor unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are rapidly gaining popularity for many applications. However, safe operation in partially unknown, unstructured environments remains an open question. In this paper, we present a continuous-time trajectory optimization method for real-time collision avoidance on multirotor UAVs. We then propose a system where this(More)
The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) offers a unique possibility to capture visual information in areas which are hard to reach or dangerous for humans. For UAVs to become a standard tool in visual inspection, it is of utmost importance that the aerial robot can be operated efficiently by a non-expert UAV pilot and that the navigation system is robust(More)
As the applications of Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAVs) get more and more complex, and require highly dynamic motions, it becomes essential to have an accurate dynamic model of the MAV. Such a model can be used for reliable state estimation, control, and for realistic simulation. A good model requires accurate estimates of physical parameters of the system,(More)
In this work, we present an MAV system that is able to relocalize itself, create consistent maps and plan paths in full 3D in previously unknown environments. This is solely based on vision and IMU measurements with all components running onboard and in real-time. We use visual-inertial odometry to keep the MAV airborne safely locally, as well as for(More)