This video shows the Technology Readiness Level demonstrated at the 2016 International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC). The aerial robotic behaviors demonstrated in this video represent the level to be reached and exceeded in 2017.
Awards and notable performances for 2016 are listed below.
IARC American Venue, Mission 7a 2016
• Best Performance American Venue - Norwegian University of Science & Technology
• Second Best Performance American Venue - École Polytechnique de Montréal
• Third Best Performance American Venue - Georgia Institute of Technology
• Most Innovative Vehicle - École Polytechnique de Montréal
• Best Paper Award - University of Pennsylvania
• Best Team T-Shirt Design - Norwegian University of Science & Technology
• Best Technical Presentation - University of Michigan
• Best System Design Award - University of Michigan
IARC Asia/Pacific Venue, Mission 7a 2016
• Best Performance Asia/Pacific Venue - Zhejiang University
• Second Best Performance Asia/Pacific Venue - Harbin Institute of Technology
• Third Best Performance Asia/Pacific Venue - Xiamen University
• Best Autonomous Control Award - Naval Aeronautical & Astronautical University
• Best Dynamic Control Award - Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
• Best Technical Paper Award - Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
• Most Innovative Design Award - Nanjing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics
• Best System Integration Award - Being University
• Best Team Cooperation Award - Indian Institute of Technology
The various teams accrued static and performance judging scores, but these currently have little meaning as those scores are mainly for use tie-breaking situations.
The top performing teams are those best showing the behaviors required in Mission 7 to progress from Mission 7a to 7b. Ultimately, the prime discriminator will be those teams able to shepherd at least the minimum number of autonomous ground robots across the green boundary line in under 10 minutes while avoiding obstacles in a completely autonomous flight.
The top three teams from each venue as shown above, are the closest to achieving that goal, although none have done so in 2016. It should be noted that in some cases, other teams placing 4th and below are also close contenders.
The top three teams indicated above for each venue were the best performers in 2016, but in summary, the current level of “best performance” consistently demonstrated was to (a) fly completely autonomously, (b) search the arena for ground robots, (c) actively avoid arena obstacles, (d) track ground robots, (e) descend to block path and reverse direction of ground robots, (f) interact with multiple ground robots during a 10-minute run.
The team demonstrating this level of performance in 2016 was Zhejiang University. Other rankings and scores don’t matter. Zhejiang University has currently set the performance level to beat in 2017.