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Gastvortrag: Intelligent Drone Cinematography


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Join us on Wednesday, April 4th at 6:30 pm in our Atikon HS4 for a guest lecture by Tobias Naegeli on Intelligent Drone Cinematography!

Robots and drones in particular are rapidly becoming end-user facing devices. We expect the technology to be used in delivery, as shown by Amazon, Post and other players in the supply chain industry. Furthermore, robotic platforms play an increasingly important role in the media production industry, enabling shots of challenging scenes for movies and TV and enabling previously impossible capture of live sports. Flying one or multiple drones in a safe way is becoming one of the key challenge the upcoming years. Flying safe means to protect the drone to fly into humans, the environment or into another drone. Using drones needs still specialized skills and knowledge about the specific robot. External factors as wind and dynamic obstacles can affect the flight trajectory and require experience of the human pilot to cope with the situation.
Especially in filming business repetitive camera movements are needed frequently. Our research shows how non-expert users can use drones by defining high-level goals. This can either be achieved by scripting scenes or defining virtual dollies, known as virtual rails where the drone can follow. This concept is not only useful in filming but can also be used in other scenarios as surveillance or inspection. We finally present our research how multiple drones can be used capturing 3D motion, e.g. for animation movies, of moving humans in unstructured environments.

Tobias Naegeli is originally from Basel and lives now in Zurich, Switzerland. He studied electrical engineering at ETH Zurich with a strong focus in control and estimation. He is now a 4th year PhD student in computer science in the Advanced Interactive Technologies Group, also at ETH. He is fascinated about flying and filming therefore combines this in his research about intelligent Drone cinematography.

Presentation language is English; free entry; no registration required.

At the event, photos and / or films are made by the organizer, which are only used for purposes of the organizer (especially when reporting on the event); this usage is accepted with the participation.