Australia hosts high school drone contest

High school students travel to Australia for drone competition

High school students

High school students from across the globe will travel down under this month to participate in UAV Outback Challenge in Queensland

12 September 2017

High school students from across the globe will be travelling to Australia this month to participate in one of the world’s biggest drone competitions, the Unmanned Airborne Vehicles (UAV) Challenge, being held at Dalby in Queensland on 26–27 September.

The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision at Queensland University of Technology is pleased to announce its involvement in the UAV Challenge as a joint venture partner with CSIRO’s Data61.

The event focuses on the development of airborne robotics that will help save the lives of people in the future.

Eleven teams of high school students from Australia, USA, Poland and Malaysia will use radio-controlled aircraft with novel delivery mechanisms to deliver medical equipment to a patient in the outback. In this case, teams will have to deliver an epipen to a man reporting he is suffering from an allergic reaction and needs urgent assistance.

The winning high-school team will be awarded $5,000.

UAV Challenge co-founder and Chief Investigator at Australian Centre for Robotic Vision Jonathan Roberts, says the UAV Challenge is an exciting annual event and he looks forward to seeing what the groups have developed this year.

“Since it was launched in 2007 the annual UAV challenge has grown into one of the most important events on the global aero robotics calendar. Through harnessing the passion and ingenuity of budding aviation and robotics leaders we see the development of many cost-effective solutions that could help save lives in the future. With a large group of talented aero modellers and leading robotics researchers attending the event each it’s a great way to encourage participants to get involved and to demonstrate the importance of aero robotics in solving real global challenges,” Roberts said.

An open international competition will be launched next year. The UAV Challenge Medical Express will be held from 24-28 September in 2018.

The 2017 and 2018 events are sponsored by Insitu Pacific, Boeing Research & Technology-Australia (BR&T-Australia), Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and Defence Science and Technology Group (all Gold Sponsors) and Mathworks (Bronze sponsor).

For more information visit the UAV Challenge website.

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