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.
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 in the Beijing area (exact location TBD), People's Republic of China. (continued)
2015 IARC Date Announced
8 January, 2015. The 2015 Competition will take place on August 13, 2015 at the American and Asia/Pacific venues. The 2015 schedule is now available in the official rules PDF available here
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)
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.
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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