About the Competition
The goal of the international aerial robotics competition is to advance the field of aerial robotics by challenging universities across the world to ‘impossible’ missions that have never before been completed by aerial robots at the time there are proposed.
The current mission for this competition is mission 7. For this mission, the autonomous aerial robots must herd autonomously moving ground robots into one area of the arena whilst avoiding autonomously moving obstacles.The mission must be completed without using any external navigation aids (GPS, large stationary points of reference, etc). This particular mission involves three behaviours that have never been demonstrated in any of the previous missions; interaction between aerial robots and moving objects, navigation in a sterile environment, and interaction between other autonomous aerial robots.
Our team’s aerial robot will be a quadrotor system using a combination sensors and cameras (such as LIDAR sensing) to autonomously track its surroundings using an optical flow technique. Currently, the team is divided into mechanical, electrical, and programming subteams. The mechanical team works on designing the frame and landing gear, which includes; material testing, planning with computer aid design, as well as machining. The electrical team works on the entire electrical system layout; power distribution, controlling lift, testing the motors, as well as the batteries and speed controllers. Lastly, our programming team works as a combined effort with the rest of the Ottabotics team’s programmers to research new techniques that can help us solve a variety of problems. They use tools such as openCV and Robotic Operating System to work on solving problems like object detection, communication with ground robots, etc.