Waterloo Aerial Robotics Group participates in unmanned systems competition

Friday, July 24, 2015

Written by Sakshi Jain

David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science undergraduate students Benjamin Winger and Andrew Crichton recently took part in the Unmanned Systems Canada Student Unmanned Air System Competition (USC Student UAS Competition) in Alma, Quebec.

Waterloo Aerial Robotics Group

The Waterloo Aerial Robotics Group (WARG) team was challenged to survey a mock train derailment, and write a report using aerial images of the disaster site, locations of train cars, oil spills, victims, etc.

Waterloo's unmanned system

Thirteen teams from universities across Canada competed in the contest. Winger was part of WARG's image processing team using software developed by the team to analyze the images, to locate and identify the various objects, and calculate their GPS location and size for rescue workers and first responders.

While they did not place in the top three, WARG was one of the few teams to return from all three flights without crashing. 

If you're interested, feel free to drop by the WARG bay in Engineering 5 (E5) 1101, new members are always welcome.

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