Raffaello D'Andrea: Meet the dazzling flying machines of the future
Raffaello D'Andrea - Autonomous systems pioneer
Raffaello D'Andrea explores the possibilities of autonomous technology by collaborating with artists, engineers and entrepreneurs. Full bio
a multibillion-dollar industry.
photography and film and journalism:
applications for commercial drones,
are the capabilities being developed
built a six-meter-tall tower
at the FRAC Centre in France,
they started to fly with ropes.
and accelerations in very tight spaces.
with the physical world.
new projects that we've been working on.
of what can be achieved
of its mobile objects in space.
to locate objects,
of highly dynamic tasks.
developed by Verity Studios,
to determine its location in space
to determine what its actions should be.
are high-level ones
to have its cake and eat it.
it is efficient in forward flight,
and variations thereof.
fixed-wing aircraft, however,
for takeoff, landing
to disturbances such as wind gusts.
architectures and algorithms
improve its performance over time.
fundamental abstract questions
needed for controlled flight?
the answer to such a question.
as machines with a thousand moving parts
that it could be done with just one.
controllable flying machine,
no other control surfaces,
in its little electronic brain
and to move anywhere it wants in space.
of the tail-sitter,
to get it to fly,
of me throwing it just right is very low,
that we shot last night.
is an exercise in frugality,
with its eight propellers,
is that it is highly symmetric.
with the interacting flows
while the rest can be learned on the fly.
to enter part of our daily lives,
extremely safe and reliable.
two-propeller flying machines.
to spin counterclockwise.
electronics, even a battery pack --
albeit in a degraded fashion.
by disabling one of its halves.
for aesthetic expression.
than a slice of bread, by the way,
with our localization technology
knows where it is in space
will motivate you to dream up
for flying machines.
a flying lampshade on Broadway.
difficult to predict
is the journey and the act of creation.
the universe we live in is,
and economic potential
About the speaker:Raffaello D'Andrea - Autonomous systems pioneer
Raffaello D'Andrea explores the possibilities of autonomous technology by collaborating with artists, engineers and entrepreneurs.
Why you should listen
Raffaello D'Andrea combines academics, business, and the arts to explore the capabilities of autonomous systems. As part of his research as professor of dynamic systems and control at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich), he and his collaborators enchant viewers with works like the self-destructing, self-assembling Robotic Chair, or the Balancing Cube that can perch itself on its corners.
D’Andrea and his team created the Flying Machine Arena to test the gravity-defying abilities of their athletic flying robots. Building on research in the Flying Machine Arena, ETH Zürich partnered with its spin-off company Verity Studios and with Cirque du Soleil to create “Sparked,” a short film showcasing the unexpected airborne dexterity of quadcopters. D’Andrea is the co-founder of Kiva Systems, a robotics company that develops intelligent automated warehouse systems and that was acquired by Amazon in 2012.
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