UAV Outback Rescue
|The UAV Challenge - Outback Rescue has been developed to promote UAV's significance to Australia. The UAV Challenge is a joint initiative between the Queensland Government, the Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation, and Aviation Development Australia.
Outback Joe is lost in the Australian outback and desperately needs assistance. You must develop a UAV that is capable of locating Outback Joe and delivering an emergency package to him. Over a 60 minute period teams launch their aircraft, conduct their search and locate Outback Joe. Once he has been found a GPS coordinate representing Outback Joe's location must be provided to the judges. The competition is open to Australian and international aerospace enthusiasts of all stripes.
The next challenge takes place in 22nd - 26th September 2014 and sports a first prize of $53,000 for a successful rescue!
Field Robot Event (FRE 2013)
|The vision of Field Robot is to present the future of precision agriculture and horticulture via an annual and international open-air field robot contest. It is the only open-air agricultural field robot contest in the world, where students and professionals compete in a hands-on learning agricultural field domain. The Field Robot Event shows a vision of the future of modern precision agriculture. Right now, a small revolution is taking place. A new breed of robots will soon be able to carry out a variety of tasks in row crops, such as weeding, spraying and disease monitoring. The contest allows unlimited creativity: no restrictions apply to the robot design and construction.
The challenge for the competitors is to improve off-road robot building skills, and contribute to the creation of a knowledge base for intelligent navigation, sensing and acting of autonomous and off-road vehicles. Field Robot 2013 is organized by the Czech University of Life Sciences and will take place June 27th - 29th in Prague on a site close to the university. To get a fuller flavour of the event, visit the FRE 2012 site. Entry Fee: $150
|EURATHLON is a new robot competition supported by the European Commission in the FP7. The vision of EURATHLON is to provide real-world robotics challenges that will test the intelligence and autonomy of outdoor/off-road robots in demanding mock disaster-response scenarios. Inspired by the Fukushima disaster we envision a competition that requires autonomous flying, land and underwater robots acting together to survey the disaster, collect environmental data, and identify critical hazards.
Non-European team members are eligible; however, the team leader must hold European citizenship. Non-European corporations and non-governmental organizations may participate as team sponsors. Teams receiving funding or any form of support from non-European governments or non-European governmental organizations are not eligible to participate.
In 2013 the competition will focus on land based vehicles and take place on 23rd - 27th September in Berchtesgaden, Germany. Entry Fee: $675
Unmanned Systems Canada Student UAV Competition
|The purpose of this Unmanned Systems Canada competition is to promote and develop Canadian interest, expertise and experience in unmanned systems technologies at the university and college levels. The competition takes place in two phases with a Phase I design report from each team due 11th January 2013 and Phase II, operational demonstration, in May 2013. Teams will be graded on the quality and completeness of their design report and the results of the demonstrations – there will be separate prizes for each phase. This year the operational component will take place 3rd - 5th May at UASCE - Alma, Quebec.
Students will complete various tasks related to a real life emergency situation such as the identification of forest fires. The competition also allows students to contact future employers and demonstrate their capabilities, thereby increasing their chances of finding employment.
International Micro Air Vehicle Flight Competition (IMAV)
|Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs) are the smallest man-made flying machines. They are flying robots and have the weight and size of small birds. Innovation in navigation, control and processing technology has made this possible. However, there are still numerous scientific challenges to be solved. The development of miniaturized structures, propulsion and navigation systems, aerodynamics, flight controllers, actuators and sensors are just a few of the current research topics in the field of MAVs.
IMAV 2013 includes an indoor and outdoor flight competition of MAVs. This year the event will be held in Toulouse, France from 17th - 20th September at ENAC University. The objective of both conference and competition is to provide an effective and established forum for discussion and dissemination of original and recent advances in MAV technology. Thus, the organisers cordially invite everyone from science, industry, military, government agencies, academia, and end users to participate.
|RobotsEAST provides high school students with experience in engineering, science, and technology through building remote-controlled robots. This multi-disciplinary competition exploits and advances their knowledge and capability in Mathematics, Physics, Tech. Ed., Journalism, and English. It culminates in a round-robin tournament involving four robots at a time (each weighing up to 30 kg) fighting for mastery of the playing field to determine the overall winner.
To make the competition technically accessible, the core power and control systems of the robots are constructed from a ready-to-use kit of parts supplied by RobotsEAST. The kit contains motors, batteries and the control system. The rest of the robot - what makes it unique - is designed by students and constructed from whatever materials they choose. In 2013 the competition will be held on the 3rd - 4th May in the Dalplex at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.