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Considering the prevailing congestion problems with ground-based transportation and the anticipated growth of traffic in the coming decades, a major challenge is to find a solution that combines the best of ground-based and air-based transportation. The optimal solution would consist of creating a personal air transport system (PATS) that can overcome the environmental and financial costs associated with all of our current methods of transport.

Professor Bülthoff proposed an integrated approach to enable the first viable PATS based on Personal Aerial Vehicles (PAVs) envisioned for travelling between homes and working places, and for flying at low altitude in urban environments. Such PAVs should be fully or partially autonomous without requiring ground-based air traffic control. Furthermore, they should operate outside controlled airspace while current air traffic remains unchanged, and should later be integrated into the next generation of controlled airspace.

The myCopter project aims to pave the way for PAVs to be used by the general public within the context of such a transport system.

About the speaker:

Prof. Dr. Heinrich Bülthoff, Director, Max Planck Institute of Biological Cybernetics

Heinrich Bülthoff is a scientific member of the Max Planck Society and managing director of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen. In his Department - Human Perception, Cognition and Action - about 70 researchers investigate human cognition using state-of-the-art computer graphics and virtual reality. For his work on perception and control during driving and flying, he built new kinds of motion simulators with a large motion range.

He co-founded the journal ACM Transactions on Applied Perception (ACM TAP) and is on the editorial boards of open access journals. Heinrich Bülthoff is involved in many international collaborations and member of several European research networks. He has participated in many projects funded by the European Commission and is currently leading the EU project myCopter –Enabling Technologies for Personal Aerial Transportation Systems.

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1 October 2014