To enable an ultra-reliable and easy-to-use UAV, the OmniDrone project will invest intensively in the innovative concept of 3D depth-aware omnidirectional camera systems, i.e., 720 degree cameras. Such cameras will bring the much needed omnidirectional and depth-aware vision context information to the UAV, needed to autonomously gather information about the environment and assist the operator, taking into account  mission and safety constraints. To achieve such 720 degree (3D depth aware 360 degree) video on a UAV, and ensure easy control, we need to innovate along the full 720 degree cognitive vision value chain: from 3D processing, to real-time implementation, to visual localization, to semantic analysis.
4 of the 6 involved research partners each cover an aspect of this 3D cognitive vision value chain. A 5th research partner then focuses on ultrareliable communication, achieved by mapping and opportunistically exploiting both 4G and WLAN wireless links. Finally, the legal and regulatory constraints are considered by a 6th partner.





Anton Vedder

is a full-time professor of Law and IT at the KU Leuven Centre for IT and IP Law. He is also affiliated to Tilburg University. His research and teaching mainly focus on ethics and the regulation of innovative technologies.

Greet Bilsen

is assisting the research groups belonging to the LICT (Leuven Information and Communication Center) with the valorization of their research results. She is working on contact towards industry and government for all ICT-related research questions

Marian Verhelst

is a professor in the ESAT-MICAS group of KU Leuven since 2012. Her research focuses on processing architectures for ubiquitous sensing and machine learning, processor design, and self-adaptive sensor interfaces for the internet-of-things. Before that, she received a PhD from KU Leuven, was a visiting scholar at the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC) of UC Berkeley and worked for 3 years in the research labs of Intel Corporation in Portland, OR, USA. Marian is a founder of KU Leuven's research consortium on "context-aware ubiquitous computing (CubiqLab)". She sits in various TPCs (ISSCC, DATE, ESSCRIC, ReCoSoC, RWW, ...), published 1 book, 2 book chapters, 4 patents, 25+ journals and 50+ conference publications. Marian has a passion for interdisciplinary collaborations and for science communication and is proud to be part of the Flemish STEM platform, and of the Young Academy of Belgium.


Sammy Rogmans

has received the MSc degree in electrical engineering in 2007 at the Catholic University of Leuven and a PhD in computational sciences in 2013 at the University of Hasselt, Belgium. Since then, Sammy has become an iMinds research leader, defining and managing Flemish and European projects focusing in both visual and scientific computing. Furthermore, he is managing director of his self-owned (HVAC) engineering company and acts as the chairman of the board of a local union for independent entrepreneurs


Tinne Tuytelaars

received a Master of Electrical Engineering from the  K.U. Leuven , Belgium in 1996. Since her graduation, she has been working at the  VISICS -lab within  ESAT-PSI   of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven , where Tinne defended a PhD thesis on December 19, 2000. During most of 2006 and early 2007, Tinne was also part-time visiting scientist at the LEAR group of INRIA in Grenoble. Summer 2008, Tinne visited the Making Sense from Data group at NICTA in Canberra, Australia. Summer 2010 she visited Trevor Darrell's group at ICSIEECS UC Berkeley.

Since October 2008, Tinne is an appointed research professor (BOF-ZAP) at the KU Leuven.


Toon Goedemé

was born in Merksem, Belgium (1979). After high school he went to the KU Leuven (Belgium) to study Master of Technical Engineering. In 2002, he graduated as M.Sc. in Electrotechnical Engineering (option: multimedia and signal processing). His thesis project, building a camera-guided electric wheel chair, was continued in a doctoral research project. In December 2006 he obtained his Ph.D. "Visual navigation" at the PSI-VISICS research group of K. U. Leuven under supervision of prof. Luc Van Gool.

Toon started teaching at De Nayer technical university in 2006, where he set up a research group named EAVISE (Embedded and Applied Vision Engineering). At the moment, he is supervising five researchers in the field of real-time applications of computer vision. In 2010, he became associated professor at PSI-VISICS.


Sofie Pollin

obtained her PhD degree at KU Leuven with honors in 2006. From 2006-2008 she continued her research on wireless communication, energy-efficient networks, cross-layer design, coexistence and cognitive radio at UC Berkeley.   In November 2008 she returned to imec to become a principal scientist in the green radio team. Since 2012, she is tenure track assistant professor at the electrical engineering department at KU Leuven. Her research centers around Networked Systems that require networks that are ever more dense, heterogeneous, battery powered and spectrum constrained. Prof. Pollin is BAEF and Marie Curie fellow, and IEEE senior member.


Evgenii Vinogradov

was born in Yugorsk, Russian Federation (1986). He received the Dipl. Engineer degree in Radio Engineering and Telecommunications from Saint-Petersburg Electrotechnical University "LETI" (ETU), Saint-Petersburg (Russian Fed.), in 2009.  After several years of working in the field of mobile communications, he joined Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, Electronics and Applied Mathematics (ICTEAM) in the Universite catholique de Louvain (UCL) in 2013, where he obtained his PhD degree in 2017.  His doctoral research project’s interests focused on radio propagation and wireless channel modeling. In 2017, Evgenii joined the electrical engineering department at KU Leuven.


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