An RMIT team of drones researchers – including undergraduate and postgraduate students – is flying off to France for an international competition.
A team of 11 students and researchers will showcase five high-tech autonomous drones in competition against more than 35 teams from across Europe and Asia at the September showcase and conference.
The event will bring together more than 300 researchers, 200 manufacturers and trade representatives from one of the fastest developing sectors in aeronautics. It includes a conference at which Professor Simon Watkins, who leads the RUASRT group, will speak about the team’s scientific advancements.
RMIT researcher and IMAV committee member Dr Abdulghani Mohamed said that along with fellow staff Dr Alex Fisher and Dr Matthew Marino, the team had been working “tirelessly over the past few months developing high-end drones in preparation.
"This will be the first time RMIT competes at this prestigious international event, so we will be promoting our capability. We have developed some new technology, so we are feeling optimistic about our chances," Mohamed said.
Event preparation had provided students with "significant hands-on experience and an opportunity to utilise what they have learned," he said.
PhD student Nicola Kloet said "IMAV is a great opportunity to work on a really challenging problem together and showcase our solutions on the world stage".
RMIT University will host the international event in 2018. "IMAV2018 will be significant for RMIT University, establishing our reputation, expertise and capabilities in the field of autonomous small aircraft," Mohamed said.
The event will attract national and international teams and fire-fighting theme, which involves a search and rescue mission in a typical Australian terrain.
Story: Jane Kenrick