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High school students from across the globe travel to Australia for international drone competition

  • High school students from across the globe will travel down under this month to participate in UAV Outback Challenge in Queensland
  • The Unmanned Airborne Vehicles (UAV) Challenge is a joint venture between the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision at Queensland University of Technology and CSIRO’s Data61
  • Insitu Pacific, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and Defence Science and Technology Group are the major sponsors of the 2017 UAV Outback Challenge

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 26th – 27th 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.”

An open international competition will be launched next year. The UAV Challenge Medical Express will be held from 24-28th 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 https://uavchallenge.org/

Media Contact: LJ Loch on 0488038555 or lj@stemmatters.com.au

About The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision

The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision has been funded $25.6 million over 7 years to form the largest collaborative group of its kind generating internationally impactful science and new technologies that will transform important Australian industries and provide solutions to some of the hard challenges facing Australia and the globe.

Formed in 2014, The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision is the world’s first research centre specialising in robotic vision. The group of researchers are on a mission to give robots the ability to see and understand for the sustainable wellbeing of people and the environments we live in.

The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision has assembled an interdisciplinary research team from four leading Australian research universities Queensland University of Technology, The University of Adelaide (UoA), The Australian National University (ANU), and Monash University as well as CSIRO’s Data61 and overseas universities and research organisations including INRIA Rennes Bretagne, Georgia Institute of Technology, Imperial College London, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, and the University of Oxford.

Posted September 12, 2017

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