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The International Aerial Robotics Competition is the longest running collegiate aerial robotics challenge in the world. Entering its third decade of advancing the state of the art in autonomous aerial robotic behavior, the competition continues to tackle challenges that are currently impossible for any flying robots owned by government or industry.

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collapse Create 2 Ground Robot Control Instructions Available
6 May, 2016. Instructions are now available for controlling the new iRobot Create 2 ground robots. A new board design, build instructions, and associated software will be availabe at the link. Please note that the top touch paddle design is still being finalized and will be added to the instructions upon completion and validation.
collapse 2016 Competition Dates
20 March, 2016. The American Venue competition is scheduled for August 2-4. The competition is set for the Zelnak Training Center on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology and the symposium is tentatively set for the Clough Undergraduate Learning Center. The Asia/Pacific competition is scheduled for September 22-25 in Beijing, China. More details can be found at the link.
expand DJI Announces Top Performer Awards
19 November, 2015. Congratulations to the top performers in the 2015 edition of the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC). Da-Jiang Innovations Science and Technology Co., Ltd. (“DJI”), with headquarters in Shenzhen China, is a world leader in computer-stabilized vertical lift aerial camera platforms. DJI is awarding brand new Matrice 100 flight platforms and flight controller software developers’ kits (SDK) with a total value of approximately USD$5,000 to the six top performing teams at the American and Asia/Pacific Venues (three per venue).
expand 2015 American Venue IARC Summary
18 August, 2015. The aerial robot from École Polytechnique de Montréal flew autonomously and continuously tracked one of the ground target robots as it autonomously changed trajectories and eventually moved across the Green line. No attempt was made by the École Polytechnique de Montréal aerial robot to influence the target robot trajectories this year. All of the teams that flew, did so fully autonomously. A number of new and prospective teams were represented at the American Venue this year, having sent observers in anticipation of first flights in 2016.

  • Best Paper Award: University of Michigan
  • Best Presentation Award: École Polytechnique de Montréal
  • Best Systems Integration Award: École Polytechnique de Montréal
  • Most Innovative Design Award: Kennesaw State University
collapse 2014 IARC Results
15 August, 2014. For the 23rd year in a row, university teams have come together to do the impossible with autonomous aerial vehicles. This was the first year of “Mission 7″ which tasked collegiate teams to build a system utilizing unmanned air vehicles to avoid moving obstacles and herd a large number of free running ground robots across a goal line while also preventing them from leaving the 20 meter by 20 meter field. This was all done autonomously without the aid of GPS. (continued)
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17 March, 2014. The arenas at both venues must be substantially the same, however depending upon the venue location and the year, the floor pattern could differ. The base floor could be wood, concrete, or a subdued carpet for example. This could change from year to year, but it is especially likely to differ at the Asia/Pacific Venue which moves to different host sites annually. For this reason, a white one meter square grid will be placed across the entire 20m x 20m arena at both venues. This will make it much easier for Mission 7a. Optical odometry can be used as well as optical flow. The interior of the grid squares will not be specified (e.g., wooden flooring, concrete, carpet with a subdued pattern, etc.) except that it will not match the color of the grid lines. This is not a change in the Official Rules, but rather additional more specific information to aid the teams in their designs.
collapse Ground Robot Hardware and Software
20 January, 2014. The hardware and software required to create your own ground robots comparable to those used in Mission 7 are now available for reference. Parts lists, build instructions, and programming instructions are available at the link. Rev. A of the hardware design is now posted to correct minor errors.
collapse Frequently Asked Questions
7 October, 2013. In the interest of providing a fair competition environment, all questions posed to the judging staff will be posted here with answers so any team can reference the information. If questions contain unique team strategies or information, they will be genericized prior to posting.
expand The AUVSI Foundation IARC Announces Mission 7
Mission 73 September, 2013. The 7th Mission of the AUVSI Foundation's International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC) will begin in 2014 and will again occur nearly simultaneously at the Asia/Pacific and American Venues. This marks the 23rd year of the world's premier collegiate robotics competition. The rules and resources for Mission 7 have been posted.
expand 2013 Results for the 6th IARC Mission
13 August, 2013. The organizers of the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC) are very pleased to announce that a team from Tsinghua University in Beijing China has successfully completed the sixth mission of the Competition. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Foundation will award $40,000 to the Tsinghua THRONE team for their outstanding performance which excelled above that of the 32 teams from seven nations entered into the Sixth Mission. (continued)
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