International Youth Drone Competition
to Aug 5

International Youth Drone Competition

CARRE is helping to organize the 2017 International Youth Drone Competition, which will take place at the University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada) on August 4-5, 2017. The program aims at promoting STEM education, building character, and inspiring youth. It also encourages international exchange. In the meantime, a summer camp is available to international students after the competition, and a training camp is available to local participants in July to prepare participants for the competition.

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to Jun 22

CARRE International Research Symposium

  • UofT Medical Sciece Building, Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Call For Participation

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The CARRE International Symposium on Aerial Robotics will feature an outstanding lineup of speakers from academia and industry who will discuss up-to-date research in the field of UAVs.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dario Floreano, Director, Laboratory of Intelligent Systems, EPFL, Switzerland
    Director, Swiss National Centre of Competence in Robotics
    • Prof. Dario Floreano is the Director of the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems, EPF Lausanne. Switzerland. He is also Founding Director of the Swiss National Center of Competence in Robotics, which sponsors almost 60 researchers in wearable, mobile, and educational robots from 20 robotics labs across Switzerland. Prof. Floreano holds an M.A. in visual psychophysics, an M.S. in Neural Computation, and a PhD in Robotics. He held research positions at Sony Computer Science Laboratory, at Caltech/JPL, and at Harvard University. He is interested in robotics and A.I. at the convergence of biology and engineering. His research activities include aerial robotics, soft robotics, wearable robotics, and evolutionary robotics. He published more than 350 peer-reviewed articles, more than 10 patents, and 4 books on Artificial Neural Networks, Evolutionary Robotics, Bio-inspired Artificial Intelligence, and Bio-inspired Flying Robots with MIT Press and Springer Verlag. He is on the Advisory Board of Future and Emergent Technologies of the European Commission, has been a founding member of the World Economic Forum Council on robotics and smart devices, co-founder of the International Society of Artificial Life, Inc., and executive board member of the International Society for Neural Networks. He spun off two successful companies in drones (senseFly and Flyability) and a non-for-profit platform for public awareness of robotics and A.I. (RoboHub).


  • Roland Siegwart, Prof. of Autnomous Systems, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
    • Roland Siegwart is full Professor of Autonomous Systems, ETH Zürich, Switzerland since July 2006 and Founding Co-Director of the Wyss Zürich. From January 2010 to December 2014 he held the office of Vice President Research and Corporate Relations on the Executive Board at ETH Zürich.
      He received his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering in 1983 and his Doctoral Degree in 1989 from ETH Zurich. He spent than one year as postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. Back in Switzerland, he worked from 1991 to 1996 part time as R&D director at MECOS Traxler AG and as lecturer and deputy head at the Institute of Robotics, ETH Zurich. In 1996 he was appointed as professor for autonomous microsystems and robots at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) where he served among others as member of the direction of the School of Engineering (2002-06) and funding chairman of the Space Center EPFL.
      Roland Siegwart is a board member of the European Network of Robotics (EURON), and servedas Vice President for Technical Activities (2004/05) and is currently Distinguished Lecturer (2006/07) of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. Recently he has been appointed as Member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences and the -Bewilligungsausschuss Exzellenzinitiative- of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).Roland Siegwart’s research interests are in the design and control of systems operating in complex and highly dynamical environments. His major goal is to find new ways to deal with uncertainties and enable the design of highly interactive and adaptive systems. Prominent application examples are personal and service robots, autonomous micro-aircrafts, walking and swimming robots and driver assistant systems.

We are also asking students to please submit a 150 word abstract on their latest aerial robotics work, for a chance to present their work during the poster session.

Call for Posters =

Registration – Industry and Faculty:
This is a taxable event. 

Registration Fee

Academic or Industry

Early Bird = 100
Regular = $200


Early Bird = $50
Regular = 100

Early bird registration deadline = May 26, 2017
Regular registration deadline =  June 16, 2017

Registration is capped, so we strongly encourage attendees to register as soon as possible.

On the second day, we will be organizing a trip to our facility at the Institute for Aerospace Studies. Please indicate in the registration, if you choose to attend.

The registration fee includes morning refreshments, lunch and access to presentation/poster materials. Speakers do not need to register.

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CARRE Winter Seminar Series – Prof. Christian Bettstetter
3:00pm 3:00pm

CARRE Winter Seminar Series – Prof. Christian Bettstetter

An Overview of Our Research on Networked Drones

Christian Bettstetter
Professor, University of Klagenfurt
Scientific Director, Lakeside Labs

Christian Bettstetter gives an overview of research activities on networked, autonomous minidrone systems performed at the University of Klagenfurt and Lakeside Labs in Austria. He explains challenges and approaches for wireless communications, decision making, time synchronization, and system planning. He discusses these building blocks for drone-based delivery systems, search-and-rescue, and forest inventory.

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CARRE Winter Seminar Series – Prof. Cameron Tropea
3:00pm 3:00pm

CARRE Winter Seminar Series – Prof. Cameron Tropea

Passive Load Alleviation on Wind Turbine Rotors

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Cameron Tropea

Dr.-Ing. Ulrike Cordes, Dr.-Ing. B. Lambie, Dr.-Ing. K. Hufnagel

Institute for Fluid Mechanics and Aerodynamics, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany


A new passive section approach to alleviate gust loads – the Adaptive Camber Concept – on wind turbines is introduced. The concept entails fluid-structure interaction, where flow conditions at the leading edge affect the airfoil shape. Under steady conditions, the adaptive camber airfoil de-cambers gradually with increasing angle of attack, yielding a lift curve with declined slope. The concept is investigated experimentally and numerically. Unsteady angle of attack fluctuations of various reduced frequencies are generated by means of an active grid. The adaptive camber airfoil is found to alleviate up to 60% of the fluctuating loads, while generating higher mean lift compared to a rigid airfoil.

Biography: C Tropea

Cameron Tropea graduated from the University of Toronto in Engineering Sciences, followed by a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering (1977). He completed his Dr.-Ing. in Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Karlsruhe (1982) and his Habilitation in Fluid Mechanics at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (1991) where he was appointed Professor of Fluid Mechanics until 1997. This was followed by an appointment to his current chair of Fluid Mechanics and Aerodynamics at the Technische Universität Darmstadt. Currently Editor-in-Chief of the Springer journal Experiments in Fluids and past Director of the Center of Smart Interfaces (CSI) in the period 2007-2014, his research interests include Optical Measurement Techniques in Fluid Mechanics, Interfacial Transport Phenomena, Atomization and Spray Processes and Unsteady Aerodynamics. He has recently been appointed a member of the Scientific Commission of the Council of Science and Humanities in Germany.

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9:30am 9:30am

Entrepreneurship, Management and Leadership Workshop

This one-day workshop provides attendees with insight and information about planning and financing a new company, specifically in the drone / UAV / aerial robot industry, but with ideas and concepts that apply to any technology start-up. Speakers range from entrepreneurs in the early stage of operating their companies to principals of major corporations to internationally successful investors.


9:30 Registration

10:00 Ella Bao - Co-Founder at Reforges

10:45 Joel Batters - Founder, Lone Drone Solutions

11:15 Johnathan Smeh - UAV Mission Control, High Eye Aerial Imaging

12:00 - Lunch

1:00 Nader Elm - CEO, Exyn Technologies

2:00 Linda Zhang - Investor - York Angel Investors

3:00 Linar Esmagilov - Modular Integrated Robotics 

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3:00pm 3:00pm

CARRE Winter Seminar Series

Algorithms, Implementation, and Flight Test Results of the AutoSOAR Platform

Autonomous soaring has the potential to greatly improve both the range and endurance of small uninhabited aerial vehicles. This presentation will describe the results of a test
flight campaign that demonstrated an autonomous soaring system that generates a
dynamic map of lift sources (thermals) in the environment and used this map for on-line
flight planning and decision making. The aircraft is based on a commercially available
radio-controlled glider; it is equipped with an autopilot module for low-level flight
control and on-board computer that hosts all autonomy algorithms. Components of the
autonomy algorithm include thermal mapping, explore/exploit decision making,
navigation, optimal airspeed computation, thermal centering control, and energy state
estimation. A finite state machine manages flight behaviors and switching between
behaviors. Flight tests at Aberdeen Proving Ground resulted in 7.8 hours flight time with
the autonomous soaring system engaged, with three hours spent climbing in thermals.
The presentation will also discuss observations of soaring birds: vulture and bald eagles
were active during the test flights, and often flew in close proximity to the AutoSOAR

Jack Langelaan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Penn State University. His research focuses on path planning, control, state estimation and data fusion, applied especially to navigation, obstacle avoidance, and long-range flight of small uninhabited aircraft. He received his Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University in 2006; prior to Stanford he worked as an engineer at Bombardier Aerospace in Toronto, Canada.

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