top left corner top right corner

Spiri – Designing for Autonomy

December 12, 2014
5:30 pmto7:00 pm

The Robotics and Automation / Instrumentation and Measurement Society Joint Chapter of the IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section wishes to invite you to the following presentation.

Title of Talk: Spiri – Designing for Autonomy
Speaker: Dr. Patrick Edwards-Daugherty, Pleiades
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00 pm, Friday, December 12th, 2014 (includes a light supper at the beginning)
Place: Dalhousie University • Sexton Campus • Room C360 • Halifax • NS • Canada
RSVP: Please RSVP to by Wednesday, December 10th so we can assess numbers for the light supper and seating
Cost: FREE to IEEE Members
$5 for non-IEEE members


Spiri is a small, unmanned aerial system (UAS) designed for consumer as well as industrial applications. It distinguishes itself from most other lightweight quadcopter drones in the quality of its sensors, the capacity of its on-board computer, and the facility with which it may be programmed and accessorized.

These feature advantages lend themselves to using Spiri as a testbed platform for developing autonomous systems of one or many agents, and for developing intelligent human-machine interfaces.

Areas of active research with Spiri include SLAM, visual tracking with a form of object permanence, haptic controllers and feedback, gesture as a means of communication to a flock, music and natural language as a means of communication with a flock, emergent play based on multi-agent interactions using tones, lights, and motion, self-organization of flocks, feature recognition, autonomous perching and perch sharing when both Spiri and perch are in motion, and others.

About the Speaker:

Patrick Edwards-Daugherty was born in 1974, grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and studied theoretical physics at McGill and Cambridge before founding Pleiades in 1999. There, he and his team developed e-learning systems and virtual worlds before pivoting into robotics. Work on Spiri was begun in 2012, and it is set to be released in early 2015.

bottom left corner bottom right corner