The 19th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control | Cape Town, South Africa | 24-29 August 2014
Promoting automatic control for the benefit of humankind

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Public Lectures: Quadrocopter Dynamics: A demonstration

On Friday, 29 August we were pleased to offer a public lecture in 2 sessions. Attendance wais open to all IFAC 2014 delegates as well as the public free of charge.

The team of Professor Raffaello D'Andrea from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) displayed their flying quadcopters. A video on this lecture and demonstration on autonomous technology can be viewed here.

A lecture similar to this one can be seen here on TED or on Kyknet’s Dagbreek program:

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 Zurich (ETH Zurich), he and his collaborators created works such as the self-destructing, self-assembling Robotic Chair, and designed a system that allowed quadrirotor drones to construct a 6-metre tower, brick by brick.

The Flying Machine Arena he and his team created features airborne robots performing acrobatics, juggling balls and more, while the Distributed Flight Array is a flying platform consisting of multiple autonomous vehicles that are able to dock with their peers and fly in a co-ordinated fashion. His explorations also have practical business applications. He co-founded Kiva Systems, a robotics company that develops intelligent automated warehouse systems, and which was recently acquired by Amazon.


Image by: Gaby Zueblin

Image by: Raymond Oung,
ETH Zurich

Image by: Markus Hehn,
ETH Zurich

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Key Dates

Opening Ceremony
24 August 2014

First Plenary Session
25 August 2014

Congress Banquet
28 August 2014

Closing Ceremony
29 August 2014

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