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.
2014 Event Dates
18 April, 2014. This is a reminder to all teams that the deadline for the application and entry fee for the 2014 event is May 1st. All teams wishing to compete in 2014 must meet this deadline per the official rules. Teams registering after May 1st will only be eligible to compete in Mission 7 competitions starting in 2015. The 2014 event will occur nearly simultaneously at both venues. The Asia/Pacific venue will begin competition 12 hours ahead of the American venue. The competition dates for the 2014 event are as follows:
- August 3 - registration, team arrival, and arena set-up
- August 4 - symposium, static judging, and exhibits
- August 5 - competition
- August 6 - competition overflow, awards banquet, and arena take-down
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.
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.
19 November, 2013. The International Aerial Robotics Competition is conducted at two venues. One venue is in the United states (the “American Venue”) at the Southeastern Equipment and Technology Advancement Center (SETAC), a 900-acre experimentation, test, and training facility in Eufaula, Alabama which was the former site of Eufaula Air Force Radar Base. The other venue (the "Asia/Pacific Venue”) will be in Yantai, Shandong, People's Republic of China. (continued)
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.
The AUVSI Foundation IARC Announces Mission 7
3 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.
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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