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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 Quick links for 2017 American Venue Teams
20 July, 2017. Here are quick links to the pages that matter most while your team is in Atlanta:
collapse American Venue Side Mission 1
15 May, 2017. The International Aerial Robotics Competition is proud to announce new side missions for American venue teams. Side Mission 1 is now available!
collapse 2017 Asia/Pacific Venue Competition Dates
28 April, 2017. The 2017 Asia/Pacific Venue of the International Aerial Robotics Competition will be held from Friday, August 25 through Sunday, August 27 at the Beihang University gymnasium. Asia/Pacific venue teams must check-in online prior to or upon arrival in Beijing. Entry fee payment information, point of contact, and other information at the read more link.
collapse 2017 American Venue Competition Dates
24 March, 2017. The 2017 American Venue of the International Aerial Robotics Competition will be held from Tuesday, July 25 through Thursday, July 27. A detailed schedule is available at the "read more" link. American venue teams must check-in online prior to or upon arrival in Atlanta. Details regarding the exact dates for the Asia/Pacific venue are forthcoming.
collapse Technology Readiness Level demonstrated at the 2016 IARC
30 September, 2016. A summary video, performance awards, and notable performance information for the 2016 IARC are now available at the "read more" link.
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 are available at the link. The top touch paddle design is also available.
collapse 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).
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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
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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)
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.
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