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IIT Bombay Team Wins International-Aerial Robotics Competition.

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Team AeRoVe from UMIC is delighted to announce that, after a long and arduous journey, we have been declared the World Champions in the IARC (International Aerial Robotics Competition) Mission 9 – Simulation Challenge 2020.

A team from the Unmesh Mashruwala Innovation Cell representing the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay has won the International Aerial Robotics Competition – Simulation Challenge 2020. The team, Team AeRoVe, has secured first place globally, an official statement said.

The AUVSI International Aerial Robotics Competition is the premier and longest-running collegiate aerial robotics challenge in the world. The primary purpose of the IARC is to move state-of-the-art aerial robotics forward through the creation of significant and useful mission challenges that are considered ‘impossible’ at the time that they are proposed, Harshal Kataria, coordinator, Unmesh Mashruwala Innovation Cell, said.

Teams from the top colleges of the world participated in the challenge. The team from UMIC was established keeping the IARC competition in vision and as one of its primary goals, Mr. Kataria said.

The team performs complete complex autonomous tasks such as dynamic replacement of heavy objects by one or more aerial robots in just 9 minutes. The team completed the entire mission in a simulation environment, he added.

“We are delighted to announce that Team AeRoVe from the Unmesh Mashruwala Innovation Cell represented IIT Bombay at the International Aerial Robotics Competition – Simulation Challenge 2020, and after a long and arduous journey, secured the first position globally,” IIT Bombay tweeted.

About International Aerial Robotics Competition Mission 9 – Simulation Challenge

About the competition:- IARC is the longest-running collegiate aerial robotics challenge in the world. The primary purpose of the IARC is to move state-of-the-art aerial robotics forward through the creation of challenges that were considered ‘impossible’ at the time they were proposed. This competition has been running for the past 30 years and was the first established AUVSI competition. Teams from some of the top universities globally had participated in this year’s competition. Team UMIC from IIT Bombay beat all of them in terms of simulation quality and its resemblance with the actual world.

International Aerial Robotics Competition winner 2020
International Aerial Robotics Competition winner 2020

The problem statement consisted of using one or more aerial vehicles to replace a communication module on a sea vessel 3 Km away, in varying wind and sea states, and the safe return of at least one vehicle. It was to be done autonomously and in under 9 minutes. It involved amalgamating multiple subsystems like Mechanical, Controls, Path Planning, Machine Learning, and Localization. The entire mission was completed in a simulation environment and was hosted on a web server equipped with manual control over different environmental conditions.

“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our Faculty Advisor, Professor Dhwanil Shukla, for supporting and encouraging us throughout the competition, “team AeRoVe said

The Team provided Solution.

Our solution to the problem statement was extremely innovative & indigenous. The hunter-killer vessel is located approximately 2.5 km off the coast. We use a Hex configured mother drone to deliver our daughter drone close to the ship. As the mother drone reaches close to the vessel, it hovers in a stable position while the daughter drone takes off from above the mother drone. The daughter drone moves towards the communication module while the mother drone returns to its home position. The mission is hence completed well within the time limits by sacrificing the Daughter drone.

Despite the ongoing pandemic, we braved our way through and not only succeeded to create a collaborative environment but also thoroughly enjoyed working on a collective goal, the IARC Mission 9 challenge.

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