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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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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
expand Asia/Pacific Venue Postponed
1 August, 2015. The IARC 2015 Asia/Pacific Venue will have to be postponed to 5th of November due to political considerations in Beijing this August. Aircraft and aircraft parts are not allowed to be transported, sold, or used for any reason from 1st of August to 4th of September in Beijing. This will not allow teams to transport their vehicles to the event as originally scheduled. For this reason, the 2015 Asia/Pacific Venue will be held from the 5th of November to 8th of November. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please direct any questions to the Asia/Pacific venue organizer.
expand 2015 Asia/Pacific Application Fee Info
22 April, 2015. New teams that wish to apply to the Asia/Pacific venue in 2015 need to submit their application fee using the account information below. Please note that this does NOT apply to the American venue.
  • Bank: China Construction Bank, Beijing Guanghua Branch
  • Bank Address: 1st Floor,Hanwei Mansion, #7 Guanghua Road, Chao Yang District, Beijing
  • Account Number: 11001079400053009647
expand 2015 IARC Venues
9 January, 2015. The International Aerial Robotics Competition is conducted at two venues. One venue (the “American Venue”) is at the McAmish Pavilion at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. The other venue (the "Asia/Pacific Venue”) will be at Beihang University in Beijing, People's Republic of China. (continued)
collapse 2015 IARC Date Announced
8 January, 2015. The 2015 Competition will start on August 13, 2015 at the American venue and August 20th November 5th, 2015 at the Asia/Pacific venue. The 2015 schedule is now available in the official rules PDF available here
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)
collapse Arena Floor Specifics
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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