A conference paper is accepted by SSRR 2017

August 28th, 2017

Changsheng Shen, Yuanzhao Zhang, Zimo Li, Fei Gao, Shaojie Shen's work on "Collaborative air-ground target searching in complex environments" is accepted by the IEEE Internaitonal Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR),

SSRR 2017 will be held in Shanghai, China from October 11th to 13rd.

A conference paper is accepted by ISMAR 2017

July 10th, 2017

Peiliang Li, Tong Qin, Botao Hu, Fengyuan Zhu and Shaojie Shen's work on "Monocular visual-inertial state estimation for mobile augmented reality" is accepted by the IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR).

ISMAR 2017 will be held in Nantes, France from October 9th to 13rd.


A journal paper is accepted by RA-L

July 6th, 2017

Tianbo Liu and Shaojie Shen's paper entitled "Spline-based initialization of monocular visual-inertial state estimators at high altitude" is accepted by IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L) for publication.


Nine conference papers are accepted by IROS 2017

June 15th, 2017

Nine papers of the HKUST UAV group are accepted by IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) 2017, including:

  1. J. Chen and S. Shen. Using a quadrotor to track a moving target with arbitrary relative motion patterns.
  2. F. Gao, Y. Lin, and S. Shen. Gradient-based online quadrotor safe trajectory planning in 3D complex environments.
  3. W. Gao and S. Shen. Dual-fi sheye omnidirectional stereo.
  4. Y. Ling and S. Shen. Building maps for autonomous navigation using sparse visual SLAM features.
  5. T. Liu and S. Shen. Spline-based initialization of monocular visual-inertial state estimators at high altitude.
  6. X. Lyu, H. Gu, J. Zhou, Z. Li, S. Shen, and F. Zhang. A hierarchical control approach for a quadrotor tail-sitter VTOL UAV and experimental verifi cation.
  7. T. Qin and S. Shen. Robust initialization of monocular visual-inertial estimation on aerial robots.
  8. K. Qiu and S. Shen. Model-aided monocular visual-inertial state estimation and dense mapping.
  9. J. Zhou, X. Lyu, Z. Li, S. Shen, and F. Zhang. A unifi ed control method for quadrotor tail-sitter UAVs in all flight modes: hover, transition, and level flight.

 IROS 2017 will be held in Vancouver, Canada, from September 24th to 28th.


A journal paper is accepted by AURO

June 1st, 2017

Yonggen Ling, Manohar Kuse and Shaojie Shen's paper entitled "Edge Alignment-Based Visual-Inertial Fusion for Tracking of Aggressive Motions" is accepted by Autonomous Robots (AURO) for publication.


A journal paper is accepted by JFR

May 27th, 2017

Yi Lin, Fei Gao, Tong Qin, Wenliang Gao, Tianbo Liu, William Wu, Zhenfei Yang, and Shaojie Shen's paper entitled "Autonomous aerial navigation using monocular visual-inertial fusion" is accepted by Journal of Field Robotics (JFR).


Code for VINS-Mono is now available on GitHub

May 23rd, 2017

VINS-Mono is a real-time SLAM framework for Monocular Visual-Inertial Systems. It uses an optimization-based sliding window formulation for providing high-accuracy visual-inertial odometry. It features efficient IMU pre-integration with bias correction, automatic estimator initialization, online extrinsic calibration, failure detection and recovery, loop detection, and global pose graph optimization. VINS-Mono is primarily designed for state estimation and feedback control of autonomous drones, but it is also capable of providing accurate localization for AR applications. This code runs on Linux, and is fully integrated with ROS.

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A conference paper is accepted by ICIP 2017

May 10th, 2017

Manohar Kuse, Sunil Prasad Jaiswal and Shaojie Shen's work on "Deep-Mapnets: A Residual Network for 3D Environment Representation" is accepted by the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP).

ICIP 2017 will be held in Beijing, China from September 17th to 20th.


Code for VINS-Mobile is now available on GitHub

May 8th, 2017

VINS-Mobile is a real-time monocular visual-inertial state estimator runs on compatible iOS devices, and provides localization services for augmented reality (AR) applications. It is also tested for state estimation and feedback control for autonomous drones. VINS-Mobile uses sliding window optimization-based formulation for providing high-accuracy visual-inertial odometry with automatic initialization and failure recovery. The accumulated odometry errors are corrected in real-time using global pose graph SLAM. An AR demonstration is provided to showcase its capability.

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Two conference papers are accepted by ICUAS 2017

April 24th, 2017

Two papers of Shaojie are accepted by  International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS) 2017, including

  1. H. Gu, X. Lyu, Z. Li, S. Shen, and F. Zhang. Development and experimental verifi cation of a hybrid vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle(UAV).
  2. Y. Wang, X. Lyu, H. Gu, Z. Li, S. Shen, and F. Zhang. Design, implementation and verifi cation of a quadrotor tail-sitter VTOL UAV.

ICUAS 2017 will be held in Miami, USA from June 13th to 16th.


Our group's research focuses presented on Aero Day 2017

April 24th, 2017

Our group's recent research focuses on "Autonomous flight and obstacle avoidance of UAVs in complex environments" and "Design and control of long-range vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) UAV" have been presented on a poster. Aero Day 2017 is held at the HKUST.

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Jing Chen's paper enters the final list of Best Service Robotics Paper Award, ICRA 2017

 April 6th, 2017

Jing Chen and Shaojie Shen's entitled "Improving octree-based occupancy maps using environment sparsity with application to aerial robot navigation" has been selected as one of the finalists of "Best Service Robotics Paper Award of ICRA 2017.

ICRA 2017 will be held in Singapore from May 29th to June 3rd.


Shaojie is the Program Co-chair of SAC IRMAS 2017

April 3rd, 2017

Shaojie is the Program Co-chair of the 32nd ACM/SIGAPP Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC), Intelligent Robotics and Multi-Agent Systems (IRMAS) Track.


Shaojie is the Guest Editor of IEEE T-RO Special Issue on Aerial Swarm Robotics

February 27th, 2017

Call for papers


Tianbo Liu shared experience in IARC on HKUST Engineering Newsletter

January 25th, 2017

Tianbo Liu shared his learning experience in the HKUST through participating in the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC) 2015. The article was published in the School of Engineering Newsletter no.28 pages 6-7.

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Seven conference papers are accepted by ICRA 2017 and one of them is selected to be published in journal IEEE RA-L

January 18th, 2017

Seven papers of the HKUST UAV group are accepted by IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2017, including

  1. J. Chen and S. Shen. Improving octree-based occupancy maps using environment sparsity with application to aerial robot navigation.
  2. F. Gao and S. Shen. Quadrotor trajectory generation in dynamic environments using semi-definite relaxation on nonconvex QCQP.
  3. T. Liu and S. Shen. High altitude monocular visual-inertial state estimation: initialization and sensor fusion.
  4. X. Lyu, H. Gu, Y. Wang, Z. Li, S. Shen, and F. Zhang. Design and implementation of a quadrotor tail-sitter VTOL UAV.
  5. T. Sun, S. Nie, D. Yeung, and S. Shen. Gesture-based piloting of an aerial robot using monocular vision.
  6. Z. Yang, F. Gao, and S. Shen. Real-time monocular dense mapping on aerial robots using visual-inertial fusion.
  7. K. Qiu, T. Liu, and S. Shen. Model-based global localization for aerial robots using edge alignment.

The paper of Kejie Qiu, Tianbo Liu and Shaojie Shen is also selected to be published in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L). ICRA 2017 will be held in Singapore from May 29th to June 3rd.


Invited Talk: CSC Forum | Robotics & Artificial Intelligence

November 19th-20th, 2016

On November 19th, 2016, Fei Gao and Kejie Qiu were invited to present on Cyber0system & Control Forum which held at Zhejiang University. They reported on the topic of Online Quadrotor Trajectory Generation and Autonomous Navigation on Point Clouds, and Model-based global localization for aerial robots.

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Fei Gao won the 2016 IEEE SSRR Best Conference Paper Award

October 26th, 2016

The paper “Online quadrotor trajectory generation and autonomous navigation on point clouds” by Ph.D. student Fei Gao just won the Best Conference Paper Award in the 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR) at  Lausanne, Switzerland. Our group got the best paper award at this conference two years in a row.

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Fei Gao and Shaojie Shen published a new conference article in SSRR 2016

October 26th, 2016

Fei Gao and Shaojie Shen’s work on “Online quadrotor trajectory generation and autonomous navigation on point clouds” was published in 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR) held in Lausanne, Switzerland.


Invited Talk: IROS 2016 Workshop on Vision-base High Speed Autonomous Navigation of UAVs

October 11th, 2016

Shaojie Shen was invited to present a topic on “Autonomous aerial navigation using monocular visual-inertial fusion” in IROS 2016 workshop holding in Daejeon, Korea.

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Invited Talk: Seoul National University

October 10th, 2016

Shaojie Shen was invited by the Seoul National University to present a topic on “Autonomous aerial navigation using monocular visual-inertial fusion”. His talk presented our group’s recent results towards robust autonomous navigation using only the sensory information from a monocular camera and an IMU.

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Kunyue Su and Shaojie Shen published a new conference article in ISER 2016

October 6th, 2016

Kunyue Su and Shaojie Shen’s work on “Catching a flying ball with a vision-based quadrotor” was published in 2016 International Symposium on Experimental Robotics (ISER) held in Tokyo, Japan.


Bing Li and Shaojie Shen published a new conference article in MFI 2016

September 21st, 2016

Bing Li and Shaojie Shen’s work on “CSI-based wifi-inertial state estimation” was published in 2016 IEEE International Conference on Multisensor Fusion and Integration for Intelligent Systems (MFI) held in Baden-Baden, Germany.


Invited Talks:  2016 Symposium on Research and Application in Computer Vision

September 20th, 2016

Shaojie Shen was invited by the 2016 Symposium on Research and Application in Computer Vision to have a talk about "Robust Autonomous Flight in Cluttered Environment", on the panel of Computer Vision for Robotics at Shanghai Technology University.

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Shaojie Shen will be a member of 2017 RSS Program Committee

September 19th, 2016

Shaojie Shen is joining the 2017 Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) Program Committee. RSS will be held in Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA, USA, from July 12-14 (main conference) to July 15-16 (workshops), 2017.


Our group received grant from Hong Kong Research Grant Council

September 18th, 2016

Our group has received a grant of HK$ 618,000 for the research topic "Monocular Visual-Inertial State Estimation and Dense 3D Mapping for Autonomous Aerial Robotsform", which is awarded by Hong Kong Research Grant Council, Early Career Scheme. The project will start from January 2017 to December 2019.


Three conference papers are accepted by IROS 2016

September 14th, 2016

Three papers of the HKUST UAV group are accepted by IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) 2016, including

  1. J. Chen, T. Liu, and S. Shen. Tracking a moving target in cluttered environments using a quadrotor.
  2. Y. Ling and S. Shen. High-precision online markerless stereo extrinsic calibration.
  3. Z. Yang, T. Liu, and S. Shen. Self-calibrating multi-camera visual-inertial fusion for autonomous MAVs.

IROS 2016 will be held in Daejeon, Korea from October 9th to 14th.


Shaojie Shen will be the Associate Editor in ICRA 2017

August 19th, 2016

Shaojie Shen will be the Associate Editor in the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). ICRA will be held in Singapore, from May 29 to June 3, 2017.


Invited Talk: 2016 Summer School of Geometric Methods in Robotics

August, 2016

In August 2016, Shaojie Shen was invited to demonstrate on “Introduction to simultaneous localization and mapping” for 2016 Summer School of Geometric Methods holding in Dongguan, China.


Invited Talk: 2016 DJI Summer Camp

August 2016

Shaojie Shen delivers a lecture on “Sensor fusion for aerial robots” for 2016 DJI summer camp holding in Shenzhen, China.


Shaojie SHEN will be the Program Co-chair of SAC 2017 (IRMAS Track)

July 20th, 2016

Shaojie Shen will be the Program Co-chair in the 2017 ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC), Intelligent Robotics and Multi-Agent Systems (IRMAS) Track. SAC 2017 will be held in Marrakech, Morrocco from April 3rd to 7th, 2017.


Invited Talk: Robust autonomous flight in complex environments

June 2016

Professor Shaojie Shen was invited by the Sun Yat-sen University to deliver a talk on “Robust autonomous flight in complex environments” in June 2016, Guangzhou.


Our group received the Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF) 2015

May 25th, 2016

Our group has received the Innovation and Technology Fund of HK$ 5,878,888 for developing a platform project entitled "The design, manufacture, analysis and control of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)".

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Invited TalkICRA 2016 Tutorial

April 25th, 2016

Shaojie Shen offered a tutorial lecture with regard to Sensor fusion for State Estimation, for 2016 ICRA conference. The tutorial aimed to answer the question of "What sensors besides cameras are required for state estimation", “How do we fuse information from different cameras and ensure redundancy”, and “How do we calibrate different systems”.

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Shaojie Shen will be a member of  IROS 2016 Program Committee

April 25th, 2016

Shaojie Shen will be a member in 2015 (IROS) Program Committee coordinating Workshop on Vision-based High-Speed Autonomous Navigation of UAVs. IROS will be held in Daejeon, Korea, from October 9th to 14th, 2016.


Three conference papers are accepted by ICRA 2016

April 14th, 2016

Three papers of the HKUST UAV group are accepted by IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2016, including

  1. J. Chen, T. Liu, and S. Shen. Online generation of collision-free trajectories for quadrotor flight in unknown cluttered
    environments.
  2. M. Kuse and S. Shen. Robust camera motion estimation using direct edge alignment and sub-gradient method.
  3. Y. Ling and S. Shen. Aggressive quadrotor flight using dense visual-inertial fusion.

ICRA 2016 will be held in Stockholm, Sweden from May 16th to 21st.


Our group reaped first prize in 2015 International Aerial Robotics Competition

November 8th, 2015

Our group has won the First Prize in the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC) 2015 – Asia/Pacific Venue, which was held in Beijing from 5 to 8 Nov 2015.

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  Zhenfei Yang won the 2015 IEEE SSRR Best Theoretical Paper Award

October 20th, 2015

The paper “Monocular visual-inertial fusion with online initialization and camera-IMU calibration” by Ph.D. student Zhenfei Yang just won the Best Conference Paper Award in 2015 IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR) held in Indiana, USA.


Shaojie Shen will be a member of SAC 2016 (IRMAS Track) Program Committee

July 21st, 2015

Shaojie Shen will be a member of the Program Committee of 2017 ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC), Intelligent Robotics and Multi-Agent Systems (IRMAS) Track. SAC will be held in Pisa, Italy from April 4th to 8th, 2016.


Shaojie Shen will be the Program Co-chair of IEEE SSRR 2015

July 21st, 2015

Shaojie Shen will be the Program Co-chair in the 2015 IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR). SSRR will be held in Indiana, USA, from October 18th to 20th, 2015.


Shaojie Shen will be a member of  IROS 2015 Program Committee

June 25th, 2015

Shaojie Shen will be a member in 2015 (IROS) Program Committee coordinating Workshop on mission-based Control and Navigation of Small, Lightweight UAVs. IROS will be held in Hamburg, Germany, from September 28th to October 2nd, 2015.