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Drones Webinar | Drones Technologies

30 Jun 2022, 10:00 (CEST)

Autonomous Navigation, Underwater, Inspection, Infrastructures
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1st Drones Webinar

Drones Technologies

Drones have caused an unprecedented impact on society and the economy and have quickly become key in the production chains of many companies and institutions. There is no need to define them, as their ability to perform missions autonomously is well known. But drones cover more than just airborne platforms, but also underwater and ground-based platforms. Similarly, drones are allowing new applications and niche markets to be defined through new sensors and developments in communications and increased real-time autonomous response capability. This webinar is devoted to recent advances in drones and their new applications.

Our aim is for this webinar to be valuable to all drones’ users: from researchers and applied scientists to commercial users who are interested in recent developments. Thus, we have invited experts in different research fields related to drones to present the state-of-the-art findings, and applications and provide insights into the future of drone technology.

Date: 30 June 2022

Time: 10:00 am CEST | 4:00 am EDT | 4:00 pm CST Asia

Webinar ID: 899 1401 6152

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Cartographic and Land Engineering Department, Higher Polytechnic School of Avila, University of Salamanca, Hornos Caleros, Avila, Spain

Received a B.Sc. degree in Surveying Engineering and a M.Sc. degree in Geodesy and Cartography Engineering from Salamanca University, Spain, in 1999 and 2001, respectively. He was a Research Assistant at INRIA, Grenoble, France, in the Institute of Computer Vision and Robotics, where he also performed his Ph.D. research on 3D reconstruction from a single view, graduating in 2005. He has authored over 300 research articles in international journals and conference proceedings. Co-inventor of 11 patents and 32 intellectual properties (software). Based on his PhD results, he has received 9 international awards from the International Societies of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS/ASPRS). In 2005, he founded the research group TIDOP ( (Geotechnologies for the 3D digitization and modelling of complex objects) at the University of Salamanca. He is Full Professor and Head of the Geotechnologies Master and PhD Program at the University of Salamanca, co-founder and CEO of the start-up ITOS3D (Image TO Smart 3D). In 2015 the Royal Academy of Engineering recognised his efforts and work in the field of engineering and in particular in the democratization of photogrammetry. In 2020, the ISPRS recognized his special, personal and meritorious contributions in the field of photogrammetry, being the second Spanish to get this award from its origin in 1996.

Department of Mining Technology, Topography and Structures, University of León, Avda. Astorga, Ponferrada, Spain

Pablo Rodríguez Gonzálvez, surveyor (2004), geodesist and cartographer (2006) and PhD in photogrammetry (2011), worked 8 years at the university of Salamanca, and joined the university of León in 2017, is currently associate professor in the department of mining technology, topography and structures, and coordinator of the DRACONES research group. He has authored over 120 research articles in international journals and conference proceedings, all related to the transversal application of different Geomatics techniques. He has been the main researcher of 8 technological contracts, the majority associated with the University-Business Knowledge Transfer related to the application of Geomatics to different disciplines. Due to his activity, he holds 10 national patents and 20 intellectual properties. His main research lines include photogrammetry 3D reconstruction, accuracy assessment, and radiometric and geometric calibration of the different geomatic sensors. Finally, he is member of the National management committee of COST Action CA16219 “Harmonization of UAS techniques for agricultural and natural ecosystems monitoring”, and co-editor-in-chief of the journal Drones.

Invited Speakers

Advanced Center for Aerospace Technologies (CATEC), Sevilla, Spain

Dr Antidio Viguria (CATEC) PhD from University of Seville and CTO in Avionics and Systems at FADA-CATEC. He was a researcher from 2006 to 2008 at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, USA) granted by a Fulbright grant. He is the author of more than 90 peer reviewed publications in UAS and aerial robotics. He has more than 14 years of experience in project coordination, having participated as WP leader of FADA-CATEC in more than 20 FP7 and H2020 projects. He has also been project coordinator of more than 50 National R&D Spanish projects. He is also currently the Project Coordinator of PILOTING H2020, a project that involves 14 partners and has a budget of around 9M€ for four years. Finally, he is member of the Board of Director of euRobotics, he led the SORA FT in ERUCAOE WG-105 from 2017 to 2020, and he has been FADA-CATEC Project Leader working directly with companies such as: Airbus D&S, INDRA, GMV, Babcock, Vodafone, and Deimos.

Engineering Physics Group, School of Aerospace Engineering, University of Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain

Luis Miguel González is a postdoctoral researcher at University of Vigo (Spain). His PhD. and current research is focused on the development of UAV for infrastructure inspection tasks, specifically in the development of payloads for contact inspection tasks in large infrastructures such as bridges or dams, as well as in the development of path planning algorithms for UAV navigation in the neighbourhood of structures. Also, he is the founder of Unmanned Galicia SL, a spin-off of the University of Vigo focused on the development of specific UAV payloads and methods for different kinds of inspections. He is now collaborating with the ISISE (Institute for Sustainability and Innovation in Structural Engineering) at University of Minho (Portugal), developing new methods for infrastructure inspections using UAVs.

Associate Professor, Vice-Dean Engineering and Technology, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus

Dimitrios Skarlatos, is Associate Professor in the department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics in Cyprus University of Technology, currently serves as Vice Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology. His studies in rural surveying and PhD in photogrammetry, along with technical diving experience allowed him to be the lead surveyor in three archaeological shipwreck excavations of up to 45m depth, since 2010. He was the coordinator of iMARECULTURE, a H2020 research and innovation project with 11 partners and 2.7M€ budget, examining ways of raising public's awareness for maritime CH, including VR dry visits and underwater AR tablets. Prior to his post in Cyprus University of Cyprus, he has worked 12 years as freelance surveyor in Greece, and has participated in FP4, FP7 and H2020 research projects, along with several national (greek and cypriot) ones. He is the academic representative of Cyprus in EuroSDR, and co-chair of the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Commission II, Working Group 9, about underwater photogrammetry since 2016.

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Time in CEST

Chairs Prof. Dr. Diego González-Aguilera & Dr. Pablo Rodríguez-Gonzálvez

Chairs Introduction

10:00 - 10:10 am

Dr. Antidio Viguria

Advanced Technologies for Highly Autonomous UAS or Drones

10:10 - 10:40 am


10:40 - 10:45 am

Dr. Luis Miguel González

UAV Payloads for Contact Inspection Tasks

10:45 - 11:15 am


11:15 – 11:20 am

Prof. Dr. Dimitrios Skarlatos

Subaquatic Drones in Underwater Archaeological Shipwreck 3D Documentation

11:20 - 11:50 am


11:50 - 11:55 am

Closing of Webinar

Chairs Prof. Dr. Diego González-Aguilera & Dr. Pablo Rodríguez-Gonzálvez

11:55 am - 12:00 pm

Relevant SI

Drone Inspection in Cultural Heritage
Guest Editors: Dr. Parrinello Sandro, Prof. Dr. Salvatore Barba, Prof. Dr. Diego González-Aguilera, Dr. Jesus Fernandez-Hernandez, Dr. Miguel Angel Maté-González & Dr. Luis Javier Sanchez-Aparicio
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2022

Recent Advances in UAV Navigation
Guest Editor: Prof. Dr. Maarten Uijt de Haag
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2022

Honorary Special Issue for Prof. Max F. Platzer
Guest Editor: Dr. Abdessattar Abdelkefi

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2022

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