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Room 4
Tuesday, October 3, 2017  |  4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

And the Winners Are… Award-Winning Innovations from the 2017 IDEA Competition

Manu Pillai
Undergraduate Student, Electronics and Communication, Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering
Gustavo G. M. Venegas
, Black Bee Drones Team
Tom Irvine
Managing Director, Content Development, AIAA - American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

When it comes to autonomous aerial vehicles—the sky is the limit! With that in mind, AIAA and Drone World Expo have once again come together to present the IDEA Competition, encouraging new ideas that connect the UAS-related R&D and end-user communities. The objective of the competition is to provide a platform for sharing ideas and research related to the design, utilization, and applications of autonomous aerial systems.


The competition took place throughout the summer and the winners have been selected to present their work at DWE!


Winner: Manu M. Pallai, Undergraduate student, Electronics and Communication, Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering

Bhumi is an afforestation initiative using drones. The focus is on minimizing human intervention and maximizing plant health and reach across the lands. This project will result in saving endangered and endemic plant species.


Winner: Frederik Dunschen

The experimental drone concept "roflCopter" is to build a drone that has the agility of a 3D model helicopter using simpler mechanics. This is done by seeing the main rotor of a helicopter as a flying object on its own, resulting in a drone that is agile but simple, fast but energy efficient, and not just cool but useful. 


Winner:  Gustavo G. M. Vengas, Black Bee Drones Team

Black Bee Drones is a team whose started as a free time research group, at Federal University of Itajubá, in order to implement artificial intelligence in drones. Those unmanned aerial vehicles were codded using a ground station and sensors to scan images and respond to different situations such as firefighting, supplies delivering, areas surveillance and victims recognition. Our Drones are developed for humanitarian responses and hazard situations, constantly improving in order to coop flight various drones on the same mission providing better coverage and response. Black Bee Drones has held several prizes along the way and is proud to be one of the main representatives of autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle with artificial intelligence at Latin America. The team is also proud to share all possible knowledge with the college and freshman students.