CPSRC Seminar Series - Making Aerial Robotics Safer in the Face of External Disturbances

Speaker Name: 
Mark W. Mueller
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Speaker Organization: 
UC Berkeley
Start Time: 
Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 3:30pm
End Time: 
Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 5:00pm
E2 - Room 599
Ricardo Sanfelice


Flying robots, such as multicopters, are increasingly becoming part of our everyday lives, with current and future applications including personal transportation, delivery services, entertainment, and aerial sensing. These systems are expected to be safe and to have a high degree of autonomy. This talk will discuss the dynamics and control of multicopters, with a focus on making these vehicles more robust to external disturbances, and component failures. Finally, we will present the application of a failsafe algorithm to a fleet of drones performing as part of a live theater performance on New York’s Broadway.


Mark W. Mueller joined the mechanical engineering department at UC Berkeley in September 2016. He completed his PhD studies, advised by Prof. Raffaello D’Andrea, at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control at the ETH Zurich at the end of 2015. He received a bachelors degree from the University of Pretoria, and a masters from the ETH Zurich in 2011, both in Mechanical Engineering.