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The Game of Drones Competition
Charbel Toumieh · Sai Vemprala · Sangyun Shin · Rahul Kumar · Andrey Ivanov · Hyunchul Shim · Jose Martinez-Carranza · Nicholas Gyde · Ashish Kapoor · Keiko Nagami · Tim Taubner · Ratnesh Madaan · Antony Gillette · Paul Stubbs

Sat Dec 14 04:15 PM -- 06:00 PM (PST) @
  • Opening/Introduction

-- Speakers: Ratnesh Madaan, Keiko Nagami

-- Ashish Kapoor

  • Tier 1

-- Speakers: Rahul Kumar, Charbel Toumieh, Andrey Ivanov, Antony Gillette, Joe Booth, Jose Martinez-Carranza

-- Chair: Ratnesh Madaan, Keiko Nagami

  • Tier 2

-- Speakers: Sangyun Shin, David Hyunchul Shim, Ratnesh Madaan, Keiko Nagami

  • Tier 3

-- Speakers: Sangyun Shin, Charbel Toumieh

-- Chair: Ratnesh Madaan, Keiko Nagami,

  • Prize Distribution

--Speaker: Ashish Kapoor,

-- Chair: Ratnesh Madaan, Keiko Nagami

Author Information

Charbel Toumieh (Université Paris Sud)

I am a Ph.D. student in autonomous robotics.

Sai Vemprala (Microsoft Corporation)
Sangyun Shin (Sejong Univ.)
Rahul Kumar (Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur)
Andrey Ivanov (JetBrains)
Hyunchul Shim (KAIST)

EDUCATION Doctor of Philosophy, December 2000. University of California, Berkeley Field: Mechanical Engineering Dissertation Title: Hierarchical Flight Control System Synthesis for Rotorcraft-based Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Dissertation Advisor: Professor S. Shankar Sastry (Dept. of EECS, UC Berkeley) Major: Control engineering Minors: Dynamics, Signal Processing and Computer Vision Master of Science in Engineering, February 1993. Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea Field: Mechanical Engineering (Control) Thesis Title: A Study on the Design of a Hovering Flight Controller for a Model Helicopter Thesis Advisor: Professor Kyo-Il Lee Bachelor of Science in Engineering, February 1991. Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea Field: Mechanical Engineering Advisor: Professor Kunwoo Lee WORK EXPERIENCE June 29, 2016 – present Director, Korea Civil RPAS Research Center, funded by MOLIT, South Korea October 10, 2016 – present Director, Intelligent UAS Research Laboratory, funded by ADD September 2013 - present Jointly appointed in Multi-disciplinary Robotics Program and Future Vehicle Program. July 1, 2012 – Dec. 31, 2015 Director(센터장), Center of Field Robotics for Innovation, Exploration, and Defense, KAIST Institute, South Korea June 1, 2018 - current Associate Professor, School of Electrical Engineering, KAIST, Daejeon, South Korea. September 1, 2010 - May 31, 2018 Associate Professor, Dept. of Aerospace Engineering, KAIST, Daejeon, South Korea. February 22, 2007 – August 31, 2010 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Aerospace Engineering, KAIST, Daejeon, South Korea March 1, 2005 – Feb. 28, 2007 Project Manager/Principal Development Engineer, University of California, Berkeley June 25, 2001 – February 10, 2005 Staff engineer, Maxtor Corporation, Milpitas, California In charge of the advanced servo control system design and test of hard disk drives. Jan. 1993 – May 1994 Design Engineer, Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea

Jose Martinez-Carranza (Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica Optica y Electronica)

Dr. Jose Martinez-Carranza is Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at the Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica Optica y Electronica in Mexico, where he leads the intelligent unmanned aerial systems group. He is also Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Computer Science Department at the University of Bristol in the UK. In 2015, he obtained the distinction Newton Advanced Fellowship, granted by the Royal Society in the UK through the Newton Fund. He is also the leader of a Mexican team that participates in international autonomous drone competitions, being the first Mexican team to win the IROS Autonomous Drone Racing competition in 2017. His expertise includes aerial robotics and computer vision for robotics.

Nicholas Gyde (Microsoft)

Contractor on Microsoft AirSim, and physics Master's student at UW. Originally from Eugene, OR -- attended UO for B.S.s in Computer Science and Physics. Good at falling in climbing gyms.

Ashish Kapoor (Microsoft)
Keiko Nagami (Stanford University)
Tim Taubner (Stanford University)
Ratnesh Madaan (Microsoft)

I am lucky enough to be leading the Game of Drones Competition's organizing team this NeurIPS. I have been working as a Research Software Engineer with the Microsoft AirSim team in Redmond, WA since Nov 2018. Before that, I got a Masters in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in Aug 2018, where I worked on perception and planning algorithms in The AirLab at the Robotics Institute. My thesis was "Wire Detection, Reconstruction, and Avoidance for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles", with focus on binary semantic segmentation and synthetic data generation, model based multi-view reconstruction, volumetric mapping with semantic segmentation's output, and trajectory library based reactive obstacle avoidance.

Antony Gillette (University of Pittsburgh)
Paul Stubbs (Microsoft)

Paul Stubbs is a Director of AI Marketing for Microsoft, focusing on Autonomous Systems, such as vehicles, drones, and industrial robotics. Paul also worked on educating and exciting customers and developers on how to create cross platform intelligent experiences using Microsoft Cognitive Services, Machine Learning, Cognitive toolkit, Cortana, and the Bot Framework. Previously Paul was a Principal Content Publishing Manager on the Microsoft Office Extensibility team that produces code-first samples, patterns, solutions, and documentation. Paul also served as the Chief Architect for the Microsoft Services WW Azure Center of Excellence team. Learn more at http://aka.ms/paulstubbs

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