Michael Burri

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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)
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)
The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) is a key regulator of cellular growth which associates with other proteins to form two multi-protein complexes called mTORC1 and mTORC2. Dysregulation of mTORC1 signalling in brain is implicated in neuropathological conditions such as autism spectrum or neurodegenerative disorders. Accordingly, allosteric mTOR(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)
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)
This paper presents Skye, a novel blimp design. Skye is a helium-filled sphere of diameter 2.7m with a strong inelastic outer hull and an impermeable elastic inner hull. Four tetrahedrally-arranged actuation units (AU) are mounted on the hull for locomotion, with each AU having a thruster which can be rotated around a radial axis through the sphere center.(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)