Bath drone squad takes home European robotics prize

Team Bath Drones was awarded the SESAR special prize at the Seville leg of the 2019 ERL, which took place at the city’s Advanced Centre for Aerospace Technologies. Each drone was required to traverse several waypoints while avoiding obstacles and other non-cooperative drones, without any intervention from a human operator. The Bath team, comprising students from the university’s aerospace and IMEE degree programmes, scored the most points during the challenge, claiming the top spot.
The SESAR challenge tries to address one of the main problems when integrating UAVs into shared airspace, that of collision avoidance in a dynamic environment, said Dr. Pejman Iravani, senior lecturer in Robotics and Autonomous Systems and Team Bath Drones advisor. Only by the development of advanced sensors and avoid technologies will it be possible to exploit the full potential of UAVs for commercial applications.

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