The International Micro Air Vehicle Conference and Competition IMAV 2017

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After Aachen (Germany) in 2015 and Beijing (China) in 2016, IMAV 2017 will be taking place in Toulouse from the 18th to the 21st of September 2017. Teaming up to organise this international event – which is poised to welcome more than 250 participants from over 20 different countries – are ISAE-SUPAERO, ENAC and ONERA, under the auspices of the Micro Drones GIS.


Scientific conference

  • 18th & 19th of September 2017 at ISAE-SUPAERO

To start this four-day event, the scientific conferences will give researchers hailing from Australia, the United States, Singapore, Germany, Great Britain and Italy the chance to share the results of their most recent achievements.

A wide range of themes will be delved into, including the use of drones for the benefit of archaeology or meteorology, the use of drones as connected devices of the city of the future, and biomimetics in drone design.

The Toulouse-based experts will also present their latest findings on such varied subjects as: the acoustic discretion of drones (ISAE-SUPAERO), extracting energy from turbulence using a drone (ENAC and ISAE-SUPAERO), designing a drone for Mars exploration (ONERA and ISAE-SUPAERO), flying drones on patrol (ENAC) and handling objects with the use of drones (LAAS-CNRS).

IMAV competition

  • 20th of September at Francazal Airport (outdoors)
  • 21st of September at ISAE-SUPAERO (indoors)

Lining up to contend in the drone competitions are 30 university teams of researchers and students – once again coming from all over the world (including Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Great Britain, India, Mexico and Singapore).

Through two indoor challenges and three outdoor challenges, the idea is to put new technological solutions to the test – one example being the use of non-conventional sensors (such as thermal imaging cameras). The purpose of these "full-scale" tests is to pave the way for new applications for civilian drones.

The organisers have devised complex obstacle courses for the indoor competition, a target recognition scenario outdoors as well as a host of original challenges such as: getting several coordinated drones to transport loads, a formation flight test similar to the French Air Force aerobatic demonstration team (Patrouille de France), a treasure hunt and even a weightlifting event!


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