Anibal Ollero

Full Professor, Universidad de Sevilla/euRobotics

Anibal Ollero is full Professor and Head of GRVC at University Seville, and Scientific Advisor of the Center for Aerospace Technologies (CATEC) also in Seville. He has been full professor at the Universities of Santiago and Malaga (Spain) and researcher at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, USA) and LAAS-CNRS (Toulouse, France). He authored more than 750 publications, including 9 books and 200 papers in journals and has been editor of 15 books. He has delivered plenaries and keynotes in more than 100 events including IEEE ICRA 2016 and IEEE IROS 2018. He has been supervisor or co-supervisor of 45 PhD Thesis that have received many awards. He lead more than 160 research projects, participating in more than 25 projects of the European Research Programmes being coordinator of 7 and associated or deputy coordinator of 3, all of them dealing with unmanned aerial systems and aerial robots. From November 2018 he is running the GRIFFIN ERC-Advanced Grant with the objective of developing a new generation of aerial robots that will be able to glide, flapping the wings, perch and manipulate by maintaining the equilibrium, and from December 2019 he is the coordinator of the H2020-AERiAL-CORE project with the participation of 15 universities, research centers and companies dealing with aerial robotic manipulators and applications to inspection and maintenance He has transferred technologies to more than 20 companies and has been awarded with 24 international research and innovation awards, including the recent Rei Jaume I in New Technologies (Spain), the Challenge 3 of the MBZIRC 2020 International Robotics Competition, the Overall Information and Communication Technologies Innovation Radar Prize 2017 of the European Commission, and has been also elected between the three European innovators of the year being candidate to the European personalities of the year 2017. He is IEEE Fellow “for contributions to the development and deployment of aerial robots”. Currently co-chair of the “IEEE Technical Committee on Aerial Robotics and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles”, coordinator of the “Aerial Robotics Topic Group” of euRobotics and has been member of the “Board of Directors” of euRobotics until March 2019. He has been also founder and president of the Spanish Society for the Research and Development in Robotics (SEIDROB) until November 2017.

Anibal is speaking at

Application Track 4 - Autonomous systems
November 4, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


  • Frank Kirchner (Chair) Executive Director DFKI/Professor, DFKI/University of Bremen/Platform Lernende Systeme
  • Anibal Ollero (Chair) Full Professor, Universidad de Sevilla/euRobotics
  • Wolfram Burgard (Speaker) Toyota Autonomous Driving chair & University Freiburg
  • Isabel Pozo (Speaker) VP Head of Airspace Management, Airbus
  • Feiyu Xu (Speaker) Global Head of Artificial Intelligence, SAP, SAP
  • Kean Liu (Speaker) General Manager, CRRC Zhuzhou Institute
  • Sigang He (Speaker) Europe Chief Adviser, CRRC Zhuzhou Institute


This track addresses the current challenges that arise at the interface between Big Data and autonomous systems for industry and the development of autonomous systems. Especially the interface between data infrastructures, data access and data sharing on the one hand and autonomous systems or robots on the other:
  • What are the biggest challenges in terms of Big Data and robotics (e.g. real-time data streams and latency)?
  • Which data infrastructures are needed to support the development of interactive, context aware, adjustable, learning autonomous systems?
  • How can improve access to data to advance the development of autonomous systems?
  • Do we need more cooperation regarding large amounts of data for autonomous systems and how can we foster cooperation?
In order to meet these challenges, questions arise regarding options for action and the development of strategies:
  • How can research and development help the industry?
  • How can a European way be developed to strengthen AI and autonomous systems and strengthen Europe's position in international competition?
  • Which industrial strategy is necessary for Europe and what could it look like?
To discuss these challenges and issues, the track will bring together industry representatives from the US, China and the EU and robotics researchers.

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