Drone can be defined as ‘an aircraft with the capacity to fly semi or fully autonomously thanks to an onboard computer and sensors’ (CielMap, 2012).  Commonly referred as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), unmanned aerial system (UAS) or remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), drones have been largely associated with military use. However these days drone technology is becoming more and more affordable and mainstream, making it ideal for a wide range of applied research and applications.  Areal Robotic became a common tool for construction techniques, photogrammetry, transportation, agriculture, security, rescue, environmental research and many more applications. For several types of situations, satellite imagery and remote sensing analysis are the only way to see what has occurred on the ground. But Conventional platforms for acquiring these data, such as piloted aircraft and satellites, are expensive. It is also difficult to get data that matches the scale needed to understand all the environmental encounters.Thus the use of aerial robots can be beneficial in order to complete tasks with precise timing or position requirements that are complex, or that have to be carried out in hostile environments.


As Peter Drucker said “What gets measured gets managed“. Data interpretation is part of every daily life in our networked society. The ability of drones to extract data and translate surrounding conditions into numeric information, turns UAV into a highly valuable technology. It is essential for the observation of environment to analyse and inspect all conversions on the ground and in the air. Drones have the potential to supplement data collection efforts and contribute to ecosystem inventory and accounting.


Drone development has hit an important acceleration thanks to the involvement of a big community of makers and creative people exchanging their knowledge and experiences, reaching important results as lowering down prices for this technology and making it more accessible. NERO focuses on dynamic open workflow connecting several processes of data collection, in one economically competitive, accurate and open scientific process. Final goal is to create a bridge between drone technologies, data collection and encourage real time data interaction.


NOUMENAin collaboration with IAAC | GREEN FABLABpresents: NERO | networking environmental robotics workshop. The course will be structured in multiple phases, generating a dynamic workflow from digital to analog and vice versa to offer a firsthand experience with aerial robotics, data mapping and data visualization. Aim of the workshop is to create a theoretical and experimental framework, based on open-source tools, with the scope of extracting data from the air to better understand the environment and inform design strategies. Main tool of the course will be NERO, an open-source drone developed by NOUMENA and already presented in several international events and exhibitions such as Fab10, Maker Faire Rome, and Beyond Building Barcelona/Construmat. NERO is a project developed in a collaborative manner, pursuing several applications through computation and coding turning a basic drone into a multidisciplinary and professional tool.

The whole workshop is divided in different phases through which participants will develop several skills, mainly focused on DATA. First phase of the workshop is about an Introduction to computational tools for data management, followed by programming and updating the firmware to prepare the drone for its first fly.

In the second phase of the workshop, students will learn about all correlated software and hardware to fly and measure data.  We will explore different strategies for autonomous flight using open source software based on gps coordinates and waypoints. This phase involves different devices; mapping the terrain via near-infrared filtered camera and sense the environment by Smart Citizen board to collect other environmental data such as temperature, humidity, noise, co2, etc.

In the last phase of the course, participants will embrace computational techniques, learning how to organize and visualize data, generating environmental 3Dimensional maps, elaborating these maps and database as a resourceful informative documents to it’s natural and social context.


aerial robotics
digital fabrication
data collection
data visualisation


Day 1 / friday 16 pm – 18 pm

Introduction to Drones
Flying principles 
Open Lecture by Rodrigo Bautista, partner of Forum for the Future

Day 2 / saturday 10 am- 18 pm
Introduction to data mapping
Autonomous Fly
Collection of pictures from the air

Day 3 / sunday 10 am – 18 pm
Data visualization
3D data models
Final presentation session


Noumena NDVI Library for Grasshopper3d
Mission Planner (GEO tagging Images)
Pix4D Software
Grasshopper3Dplug-in with Rhino3D software


The workshop is open to all participants, no previous knowledge of Rhinoceros, Grasshopper or tailoring techniques is required (although an introductory knowledge is welcome). Participants should bring their own laptop with a pre-installed software.  The software package needed has no additional cost for the participant (Rhino can be downloaded as evaluation version, Grasshopper and plugins are free). These softwares are subject to frequent updates, so a download link to the version used in the workshop will be sent to the participants a few days before the workshop.




12-14th of February 2016


Ctra. BV-1415 (Horta-Cerdanyola), km 7
08290 Cerdanyola del Vallès
Barcelona – Spain
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Chirag Rangholia
Chirag is an architect with expertise in digital fabrication and computational design. After completing architecture from CEPT, India, he furthered his interest through researching and developing interdisciplinary skills of architectural and parametric design at Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in Spain, followed by expertise in digital tools and digital fabrication by graduating Fab Academy (Course by MIT’s Center For Bits and Atoms) from Fab Lab Barcelona

Starsky  Lara
Starsky studied in the UFPS – Cucuta University in Colombia, where he had the opportunity to explore digital tools and theories. Having completed his studies in architecture, Starsky moved in Barcelona where he began working in Willy Müller Architecture office and subsequently obtained a master in Advanced Architecture from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC). In his master thesis he had the opportunity to investigate in additive manufacturing techniques and programming. Starsky has collaborated with Barcelona Regional and he is currently an external collaborator of Noumena.


Rodrigo Bautista
Rodrigo is an award winner designer from ICSID and AIGA. He studied industrial design as a first degree and now has a double master’s degree in Branding & Communications Strategy and Sustainability studied in Mexico and the UK respectively. Through his work in many different industries, including media, products, services and telecommunications, Rodrigo has learned different methodologies that now help him tackle projects that vary in scale and scope. Rodrigo has worked for Telmex/America Movil, Leo Burnett, Liverpool and Idea Interior studio and also volunteer for organisations such as Forum for the Future, Greenpeace and WWOOF.


Lot Amoros
Lot Amorós made his debut in the art world when he began programming reactive visual algorithms for live performances. One of his interests is investigating the intervention of technology in the physical world with the aim of generating emotions and trying to blur the boundaries of the digital realm. His current research focuses on the use of public air space and the application of unmanned aerial vehicles. Lot Amorós has developed data visualization interfaces, mixed reality performances, and interactive audiovisual instruments. As an open-source software and public data activist, he also creates public-access wireless networks and disruptive devices, exemplified by his work on how the Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip is perceived. His creations have been exhibited in Brazil, CanadaGermanythe NetherlandsEgypt, and Spain. He has participated in festivals like Sonar, FACYLEME3CynetArtD-CAF, and DEAF and given technology workshops at different universities and art centers.


Arnau Tasies
Connor Stevens
Alvaro Miñe
Sameera Chukkapalli
Kunaljit Chadha
Francesc Moll


Green FabLab, a digital fabrication lab that uses natural resources and is a partner in the international network of FabLabs led by MIT in Boston, and part of the Plan Avanza national network of laboratories in Spain.




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