ZJU Students win the First Prize in the International Aerial Robotics Competition for the second straight time


    Congratulations to ZMART, the Championship team in the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC) – Asia/Pacific Venue, held in Beijing from August 25-27, 2017.During the competition, they showed advanced anti-intuitive tacticalstrategy and comprehensive ability on situational awareness, as well as fast, accurate, stable pilot handling skills.Formed by the students from the College of Control Science and Engineering, ZJU, our Micro Aerial Robotics Team defeated other 11 participating teams and claimed the second straight win.

    Established in 1991 and funded by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, theIARCis held once every year and becomes the longest running university-based robotics competition in the world.To advance the unmanned systems and robotics community in Asia and Australia, the Asia/Pacific Venue was established in Beijing in 2012,whichapplies the same judging and procedures as the American Venue at the Georgia Institute of Technology.The aerial robots are required to independently finish almost impossible missions without manual intervention.

    This year’s mission is to demonstrate new behaviors that have never been attempted, such as the interaction between aerial robots and moving objects and navigation in a sterile environment with no external navigation aids.With improved situational awareness of their robots through enhanced comprehensive vision and artificial intelligence based decision-optimizing technologies, ZMART successfully redirect three ground robots toward the green end of the arena, which is the best record since the mission was first announced in 2014.