AIAA and Drone World Expo Launch UAS Research Competition


The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and Drone World Expo (DWE) have partnered to create the Innovative Drone Exploration and Application (IDEA) Competition, a research-related contest in the field of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

The contest aims to build ties between the UAS end-user community and members of the aerospace community who are actively researching the capabilities and applications of UAS. It also seeks to inform end users of emerging technologies and concepts that are most likely to impact their business operations in the future.

The IDEA Competition is a two-round contest, with each round judged by a panel of from the AIAA Unmanned Systems Program Committee and DWE. In the first round, entrants must submit an abstract describing their research and its interest or use to the UAS end-user community. From those submissions, the panel will choose 10 semifinalists, who will be required to submit the presentations they would make at DWE if they are chosen as a winner. After evaluating the 10 presentations, the panel will select three winners who will present their research at DWE in November in a special technical track organized by AIAA.

Entries for the competition’s first round are due by July 15.

“Drone World Expo is thrilled to partner with AIAA on this exciting endeavor,” says Joelle Coretti, event director for DWE. “We are looking forward to bringing what are sure to be leading-edge innovations and game-changing concepts to the thousands of commercial end users who will gather at our event this November in San Jose.”

More information can be found here.

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