INSPIRE Archived Webinars


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INSPIRE-University Transportation Center Webinars

Webinar Date

17 Jun 2020, 11:00 am


In the past few years, robotic limbs have been attached to rotorcraft drones to perform aerial manipulation. Unlike simple object pick-and-place, such mobile-manipulating drones are dexterous to perform tasks like valve-turning, hatch-opening, and tool-handling. This is a paradigm shift where such drones actively interact with their environment rather than just passively surveil. Aerial manipulation is challenging because such interaction yields reaction forces and torques that destabilize the drone. This talk will provide an overview of aerial manipulation and showcase examples that could serve in infrastructure inspection, maintenance, and repair.


Dr. Paul Oh is the Lincy Professor of Unmanned Aerial Systems in the Mechanical Engineering Department for the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering. He is establishing an unmanned autonomous systems laboratory at UNLV, complete with a fleet of drones and several humanoid robots.

From 2000 to 2014, he served as a Mechanical Engineering Professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia and founded and directed the Drones and Autonomous Systems Laboratory (DASL).

Oh is the former program director for robotics at the National Science Foundation where he managed a portfolio that supported almost all academic non-military robotics research in American universities. He has been a fellow of Boeing, and worked with the Office of Naval Research and NASA Caltech/Jet Propulsion Lab.


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

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INSPIRE - University Transportation Center

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Video - Presentation

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