List of Invited Speakers

Assistant Prof. Olaf Landsiedel

Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden


Synchronous Transmissions in Low-Power Wireless: Energy-Efficient, Low-Latency, Resilient Networking

Olaf Landsiedel is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. From 2010 to 2012 he spent two years as Postdoctoral fellow at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden, and the Swedish Institute of Computer Science (SICS). In 2010 he received his PhD from RWTH Aachen, Germany; his advisor was Klaus Wehrle. His research interests include Cyber Physical Systems, the Internet of Things, and Big-Data streaming.

Prof. Dr. Davide Scaramuzza

University of Zurich, Switzerland, Head of the Robotics and Perception Group


Vision-controlled Micro Quadrotors for Search and Rescue: Challenges, Opportunities, and Next Generation Sensors

Davide Scaramuzza (1980, Italian) is Assistant Professor of Robotics and Computer Vision at the University of Zurich. He is founder and director of the Robotics and Perception Group ( His research interests are robot vision and visually-guided micro aerial vehicles. He received his PhD (2008) in Robotics and Computer Vision at ETH Zurich (with Roland Siegwart). He was Postdoc at both ETH Zurich and the University of Pennsylvania (with Vijay Kumar and Kostas Daniilidis). From 2009 to 2012, he led the European project “sFly”, which introduced the world’s first autonomous navigation of micro quadrotors in GPS-denied environments using onboard cameras as the main sensor modality. For his research contributions, he was awarded the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society  Early Career Award, a Google Research Award (2014), the European Young Researcher Award (2012), and the Robotdalen Scientific Award (2009). He is coauthor of the 2nd edition of the book “Introduction to Autonomous Mobile Robots” (MIT Press). He is also author of the first open-source Omnidirectional Camera Calibration Toolbox for MATLAB, which, besides accomplishing thousands of downloads worldwide, is also used at NASA, Philips, Bosch, and Daimler.

Prof. Dr. Daniel Cremers

Technical University of München, Germany


Direct and Dense 3D Reconstruction from Autonomous Quadrotos

Daniel Cremers is a professor for Computer Science and Mathematics at the Technical University of Munich. He received Bachelor degrees in Mathematics (1994) and Physics (1994), and a Master's degree in Theoretical Physics (1997) from the University of Heidelberg. In 2002 he obtained a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Mannheim, Germany.  Subsequently he spent two years as a postdoc at the University of California at Los Angeles and one year as a permanent researcher at Siemens Corporate Research (Princeton). From 2005 until 2009 he was associate professor at the University of Bonn, Germany. Since 2009 he holds the chair for Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition at the Technical University of Munich. His publications received several awards, including the Best Paper of the Year 2003 by the Int. Pattern Recognition Society, the Olympus Award 2004 by the German Pattern Recognition Society and the 2005 UCLA Chancellor's Award for Postdoctoral Research. In December 2010 the magazine Capital listed Prof. Cremers among "Germany's Top 40 Researchers Below 40".

Dr. Xavier Defago

Dependable Distributed Systems Lab, JAIST, School of Information Science, Nomi, Ishikawa, Japan


Introduction to Computational Models for Cooperative Mobile Robots: Robots Gathering as a Form of Distributed Agreement

Xavier Defago is associate professor at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), at the School of Information Science and at the Center for Intelligent Robotics. He is also guest researcher at the Research into Artifacts, Center for Engineering (RACE), University of Tokyo. Recently, during sabbatical year, he was invited as a CNRS researcher for CNRS in France, to work both at LIP6, UPMC, Paris, and at I3S, UNS, Inria Sophia Antipolis. Xavier obtained his master's degree in Computer Engineering in 1995 and Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2000 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland). From 1995 to 1996, he also worked at the NEC C&C Research Labs in Kawasaki (Japan). Xavier has published more than 80 research papers in prestigious journals and conferences. He has served as PC chair for SRDS, ICDCS, and SSS. He is a member of ACM, IEEE, EATCS, IPSJ, and a regular member of the IFIP working group 10.4 on dependable computing and fault-tolerance. His research interests include distributed algorithms, fault-tolerance, group communication, and cooperative autonomous mobile robot networks.

Dr. Ulf Blanke

ETH Zurich, Switzerland


Monitoring Crowd Behavior with Mobile Sensors 

Dr. Ulf Blanke has a diploma in computer science and a Ph.D. both from TU-Darmstadt.  He was affiliated to the interdisciplinary graduate school Topology of Technology. After finishing his PhD he joined the Max-Planck Institute - Computer Vision and Multimodal Computing as postdoctoral researcher. His interest in innovation led him as senior researcher at AGT (R&D) Group, one of the fastest-growing security and public safety solutions organizations in the world. During that time, I was responsible for prototype and business case development for product innovation. 

Following his interest in mobile and wearable technology, he moved as senior scientist to the Wearable Computing Lab at ETH Zürich. His project on crowd behaviour received significant public attention and has been awarded with the Amazon AWS award and the ETH-Zürich Pioneer Fellowship, allowing to transfer research results into innovation.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Andreas Mitschele-Thiel

Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany


Self-Organized Mobile Communication Systems for Disaster Scenarios

Andreas Mitschele-Thiel is a full professor at the Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany, and head of the Integrated Communication Systems group. In addition, he is the head of the International Graduate School on Mobile Communications of the University ( 2005 to 2009, he also served as Dean for the Faculty for Computer Science and Automation. In addition, he is co-founder of two research spin-offs of the university: Cuculus ( is a leader in open service platforms for smart metering and home automation. IDEO Laboratories ( is focusing on VoIP-based telecommunications.

Matt Johnson

Research Associate at IHMC, Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition


The Benefits and Challenges of Humanoid Robots for Emergency Response

Matt Johnson has been a researcher with IHMC since 2002. Matt is passionate about making robotic systems more flexible, resilient and effective through human-machine teamwork. In support of this, he is interested in robot control theory, human-centered computing, human factors, and interface design.

Andreas H. Karsten

Ministry of Interior UAE, United Arab Emirates, Strategic Advisor Department of Public Safety and Quick Intervention


Emergency Response is Analog

Andreas H. Karsten (1962, Germany) is Strategic Advisor for Crisis Management in the MoI of UAE and he is Civil Expert for NATO Civil Protection Group. He is a longtime trainer of disaster response, expert in decision making, staff work, and special operations in the field of civil emergencies. 
He worked 13 years as a senior officer for German fire brigades and 8 years as a lecturer and as the head of the C2-training division at the German Academy for Crisis Management, Emergency Planning and Civil Defense. He studies Theoretical Nuclear Physics at the University Carolina Wilhelmina to Brunswick, Germany.

Prof. Dr. habil. Alfred Schöttl

Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften München



Alfred Schöttl received his doctorate (Dr.~rer.~nat.) in 1993. In 1993-1997, he was assistant professor at TU Munich and finished his habilitation (Dr.~habil.). Since then, he has been a lecturer at the TU Munich for applied stochastics. In 1998, he joined DASA-LFK (German Aerospace, which became later a part of EADS and MBDA) as an Engineer for simulation and control. He led several projects in the area of navigation, guidance and control, software, image processing and simulation. Between 2005-2012, he was Senior Expert (Chief Engineer) for navigation, guidance and control at MBDA. Since 2012, he has been Professor of Technical Computer  Science and Robotics at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of the University of Applied Sciences Munich. His main research interests are robot perception and navigation as well as robot applications.