Search and rescue (SAR) missions for saving lives of people in disasters have always been of great interest to many engineering researchers and more specifically roboticists. In disasters, reducing the initial response by one day would be equivalent to reducing the recovery period by one thousand days or three years. First response robotics are mainly used for inspecting and briefing of the situation for the rescue teams well before they get into the scene. This competition aims at highlighting the importance of such robotics applications for humanity by encouraging participating teams to conclude a given task that mimics a real search and rescue situation using autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Kuwait aerial competition and exhibition aims at encouraging participating teams to design and control UAVs for search and rescue applications by creating a virtual environment to mimic a search and rescue scenario. In addition, a robotic exhibition of robotic applications in various fields is organised and held in conjunction with the competition.
All individuals are invited to participate from various affiliations and schools.
THE AERIAL ROBOTIC
The figure illustrates the proposed netting arena for the competition challenge. The arena has a starting box for take off and three target zones with a total of four landing targets. Targets A and B are stationary targets. Target C is a moving target with a predictable movement within the target zone. Target D is a randomly moving target with variable speed that moves in all directions within the target zone.
The required task is to program the drone to fly autonomously to detect and land on the defined targets in any order. Target markers can be of any printed type such as color, unique markers, tags or landing pads. Markers using electronic circuits and infrared sensors or lights are not allowed. Each team consists of up to four student member and a team supervisor. Each team will be allocated 3 minutes to complete the task with multiple rounds that will be later defined by the judges.
With the increased interest in robotic applications, we cordially invite everyone to participate in demonstrating their robotic applications that are focused on serving humans and making the life easier with innovative solutions of robotics and artificial intelligence. A judging panel will evaluate each participating project based on a standard rubric that will be announced soon.