Hriday Bavle

PhD in Automatic Control and Robotics

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Luxembourg


PhD in Automatic Control and Robotics

Completed my doctorate degree from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, in November 2019 with the tittle of the thesis being “Positioning and Mapping for Aerial Robotis using on-board Perception for Autonomous Missions“. I received a maximum qualification of  “Cum Laude” for the presented work.

Master in Avionics and Bachelors in Aerospace

Completed my dual degree program from Amity University, India in May 2014. My final bachelors project included progamming an autopilot for a quadrotor and my masters project included detection and counting of objects (cars) using images from quadrotors.

Work Experience

Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Working under the guidance of Prof. Holger Voos at the Automation and Robotics Research Group of the SnT center, Unversity of Luxembourg. Researching on Mult-Modal Multi-Abstraction Situational Awareness for mobile robots focussed mostly on real world using RGB/RGBD Cameras and 3D Lidar sensors. 

Navition and Perception Robotics Engineer

Blue Ocean Robotics, Odense (Denmark)
Researching on implementing a robust Visual SLAM algorithm with map generation and re-utilization capabilities for localization and navigation of mobile robotic platforms like GOBE and UVD-R in large and dynamic indoor environments. 

Postdoctoral Researcher

Computer Vision and Aerial Robotics Group,
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid (Spain)

Researched on the Challenge 1 of the Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Competition (MBZIRC) 2020. The challenge consisted of complete autonomous interception of a ball from a target aerial robot flying at speeds of 8-5 m/s as well exploding balloons present in the arena. Our team won the Third Prize in the Grand Challenge of the Competition detaching the ball from the target aerial robot and exploding several balloons.  The main research areas I contributed were:

  • State Estimation of the Aerial Robot
  • Future Trajectory Estimation of the Target Aerial Robot
  • State Machine for Exploding Balloons

Researcher and PhD Student

Computer Vision and Aerial Robotics Group,
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid (Spain)

During my PhD, I researched on the Indoor Localization of aerial robots using several computer vision and sensor fusion techniques. One of my notable researches included robust indoor localization of aerial robots using several semantic cues such as chairs, tables.

Additionally, I participated in several research projects such as Inspection of a Thermal Power Plant using an autonomous aerial robot as well as Inspection of Airplanes using an autonomous aerial robot. I have been the team leader in the International Micro-Aerial Vehicles competition (IMAV 2017), where our team stood second. An important team member in IMAV 2016, where our team was the only one to perform a complete autonomous mission.

I actively worked on development and maintenance our ROS-based software framework called Aerostack. Using this framework we developed several algorithms for autonomous navigation of aerial robots in indoor environments.

Visiting PhD Student

Aerospace Controls Lab,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston (United States)

I worked as a visiting student at the Aerospace controls Lab at the MIT. I researched on the Semantic Localization techniques for aerial robots in the indoor environments. The developed semantic SLAM algorithm was capable of running on-board the aerial robot and accurately estimating the pose of the robot at speeds of about 2m/s.

Assistant Operations Manager

Airpix – Unleashing Aerial View, Mumbai (India)

As Assistant Operations Manager at Airpix, I had 3 main roles:

  • Designing and assembling several customizable Quadcopter systems
  • R&D on several Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Data collection (Collection of aerial data for several clients)


Autonomous Inspection of a Thermal Power Plant using an Aerial Robot

2018, Meirama, Galicia (Spain)

This project was funded by the Spanish electricity generation company Gas Natural in order to inspect their thermal power plant in Meirama, Galicia. The inspection mission was performed in three phases:

  • Manual take-off
  • Autonomous waypoint navigation using the 2D laser based navigation
  • Manual Landing

Autonomous Inspection of Airplanes using Drones

2018-2019, Airbus, Madrid (Spain)

This project was executed in collaboration with Airbus, Spain called Drone Augmented Reality (DAR). We worked in order to develop a  complete autonomous system using a drone for inspection of airplanes in order to reduce the time and cost. The developed aerial robotic platform consisted of a DJI M210 platform, with a 3D laser sensor for perception along with a high quality camera to acquire images of the airplane surfaces. The aerial robot can fly autonomously to the user commanded waypoints around the aircraft and collect  images for analysis. The acquired image can then be passed to an AI based fault detection algorithm which provides the possible fault candidates for the analysis of the maintenance engineers.

International Micro-Aerial Vehicles Competition

2017, Toulouse (France)

I was the team captain for the competition responsible for the technical and organizational support. Several autonomous missions were performed using the parrot bebop-2 aerial robot and our Aerostack software framework in an indoor scenario of the competition. We achieved the second price in the competition.

International Micro-Aerial Vehicles Competition

2016, Beijing (China)

I was one of the active team members during this competition. Even though we did not achieve any award during this competition, the developed technology by our team using the Aerostack framework, was the only which performed a complete autonomous mission.



VPS-SLAM: Visual Planar Semantic SLAM for Aerial Robotic Systems

Hriday Bavle, Paloma de la Puente, Jonathan How, Pascual Campoy

Journal of IEEE Access, 2019

The Skyeye Team Participation in the 2020 Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge

Ramon Suarez, Alejandro Rodriguez, Adrian Alvarez, Javier Rodriguez, Hriday Bavle,

MBZIRC Symposium 2020



Vision-Based Multirotor Following Using Synthetic Learning Techniques

Alejandro Rodriguez Ramos, Adrian Alvarez, Hriday Bavle, Pascual Campoy, Jonathan How

Sensors, 2019



Stereo Visual Odometry and Semantics based Localization of Aerial Robots in Indoor Environments

Hriday Bavle, Stephan Manthe, Paloma de la Puente, Alejandro Rodriguez-Ramos, Carlos Sampedro, Pascual Campoy

IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2018

Fast and Robust Flight Altitude Estimation of Multirotor UAVs in Dynamic Unstructured Environments Using 3D Point Cloud Sensors

Hriday Bavle, Jose Sanchez-Lopez, Paloma de la Puente, Alejandro Rodriguez-Ramos, Carlos Sampedro, Pascual Campoy

Journal of Aerospace 5 (3), 94, 2018

Laser-Based Reactive Navigation for Multirotor Aerial Robots using Deep Reinforcement Learning

Carlos Sampedro, Hriday Bavle, Alejandro Rodriguez-Ramos, Paloma de la Puente, Pascual Campoy

IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2018



A Flight Altitude Estimator for Multirotor UAVs in Dynamic and Unstructured Indoor Environments
Hriday Bavle, Jose Luis Sanchez-Lopez, Alejandro Rodriguez-Ramos, Carlos Sampedro, Pascual Campoy

International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS), 2017

A Fully-Autonomous Aerial Robotic Solution for the 2016 International Micro Air Vehicle Competition
Carlos Sampedro, Hriday Bavle, Alejandro Rodríguez-Ramos, Adrian Carrio, Ramon A Suárez Fernández, Jose Luis Sanchez-Lopez, Pascual Campoy

International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS), 2017

A Multi-Layered Component-Based Approach for the Development of Aerial Robotic Systems: The Aerostack Framework
Jose Luis Sanchez-Lopez, Martin Molina, Hriday Bavle, Carlos Sampedro, Ramón A Suárez Fernández, Pascual Campoy
Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems, 2017
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Additional Skills

Drone Assembly and Integration
Drone Piloting
Team Management up to 10 member
Web Design


I am a curious person and I am always willing to learn more every day. I have several hobbies which are increasing every time:

  • I practice several sports out of which running is my favorite and I have finished several half-marathons. Amoung others rock climbing is also one of my favourites
  • As I love to teach and share my knowledge, I give private classes to children between the age of 6 to 15 years.
  • I also supervise several bachelors/master students in our lab for their final bachelors/masters projects.

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