Student Unmanned Aerial Systems Competition

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Contest Overview

Date / Time: September 28, 2021

Location: Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk, 111 East Pecan Street, San Antonio, TX 78205 USA

Objective: Teams fly Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) through an indoor obstacle course while completing tasks.

Prizes: Top three winners will be awarded with certificates and cash awards.

Audience: Conference attendees, local university and college students, and local press will be invited to attend the contest.

Contest Rules

Team registration is free for those attending DASC 2021 and $50 for university teams not attending the conference. Students who wish to attend the competition will pay a nominal $3 entrance fee but will not be admitted to the conference.

Teams will test their autonomous capabilities in a challenging indoor environment using a standard drone model determined by the DASC Drone Competition Committee. Standardizing the drone model prevents pay-to-win scenarios and allows teams to focus on putting their engineering and programming skills to the test. Teams will be allowed to reserve the course for practice runs before the competition. Reservation lengths will depend on number of teams competing. Practice time and UAS checkout must be coordinated with the DASC on-site registration team and UAS Competition coordinator.

In addition to completing the course, a variety of unique mini challenges ranging from computer vision tasks to hardware optimization tasks are provided to distinguish a team’s competitive edge. Completing these challenges will result in bonus points being awarded to a team’s final score. The mini challenges will be made known before the competition teams may practice solving them.

On the day of the contest, the teams will compete individually in time trials. Additional points will be awarded based on the number of bonus tasks completed and their difficulty. A standardized scoring rubric will be used by each of the 5 judges to ensure fairness. At designated times, (e.g., every 10 or 15 minutes), each student team will fly their UAS among different scenarios and use the real-time video feeds to complete their tasks. Each team will be allowed keep their best run out of all the runs they perform during their allotted time. Switching of batteries will be permitted but the same drone must be used throughout the team’s performance.

In case of a tie (or extremely close score) for the top 2 or 3 places, we may have a “fly off” between them for the Grand Prize. Winners will be announced (and prizes awarded) at the Award Luncheon following the contest.

Teams can sign up for the contest by selecting “UAS Contest” on the Registration site.

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