- CULTURAL HERITAGE
- ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
- ENERGY & SUSTAINABILITY
- FOOD & AGRICULTURE
- HOME AUTOMATION
- INTERNET OF THINGS
- KIDS & EDUCATION
- NEW MANUFACTURING
- OPEN SOURCE
- RECYCLING & UPCYCLING
- 3D PRINTING
- ARTISANS & NEW CRAFT
- STEAM PUNK
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- YOUNG MAKERS (< 18)
- 3D SCANNING
- MUSIC & SOUND
- FASHION & WEARABLES
Leonardo: A New Drone Navigation and Collaboration Paradigm
The Leonardo Project originally borns as a competition between the major Italian Universities as the University of Bologna, Tor Vergata of Rome, the Polytechnic of Milan, the Polytechnic of Turin, the Superior School Sant'Anna of Pisa, and the University Federico II of Naples.
The goal of this project is to provide a great improvement in terms of unmanned aerial vehicles. In this context, the team of Bologna has translated such objective in the realization of an aerial platform able to map and navigate autonomously and fast environments possibly cluttered with static or dynamic obstacles, and to perform operations or missions either predefined or dynamically given from an external operator in a completely flexible way.
The proposed project links several engineering branches and tries to face, for the first time, the important topic of human/machine as well as machine/machine interaction.
This kind of applications presents great potential in several fields: from package delivery to the exploration of known environments potentially dangerous for humans, until the execution of repetitive and complex works.
Lorenzo Marconi, Lorenzo Gentilini, Dario Mengoli
Lorenzo Marconi received the M.S. degree in electrical engineering and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy, in 1995 and 1998, respectively. Since 1995, he has been with the Department of Electronics, Computer Science, and Systems at the University of Bologna where is now full professor. He has held visiting positions at various academic/research international institutions. He is co-author of more than 200 technical publications on the subject of linear and nonlinear feedback design published on international journals, books, and conference proceedings. His current research interests include nonlinear control, output regulation, control of autonomous vehicles, fault detection and isolation, fault-tolerant control. Dr. Marconi received the Outstanding Application Paper Award in 2005 from IFAC for a coauthored paper published on Automatica, and the 2014 IEEE Control Systems Magazine Outstanding Paper Award for the best paper published on the magazine in the period 2012–2013. He is a member of the IEEE Control System Society, of the Control System Society Conference Editorial Board, and the Chair of the IFAC Technical Committee on Nonlinear Control Systems.
Lorenzo Gentilini received the M.S. degree, with honors, in automation engineering from the University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy, in 2019 and is currently attending a Ph.D. in automation and operational research at University of Bologna. His main research topics include autonomous navigation, robust state estimation, vision inertial odometry, trajectory generation and optimization, and autonomous mapping.
Dario Mengoli received the M.S. degree in computer science engineering from the University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy, in 2008 and is currently attending a Ph.D. in automation and operational research. He has worked as a freelance consultant and was involved in several research activities on robotics and agricultural task automation. His main research topics include autonomous navigation, prototypes development, machine learning, and automation software.