The UAV Challenge is sponsored each year by a collection of industry, government and research agencies. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact the organisers of the UAV Challenge via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2017 & 2018 UAV Challenge events are being organised by the following organisations.
CSIRO’s Data61 is Australia’s leading data innovation group which was officially formed in 2016 from the integration of CSIRO’s Digital Productivity flagship and the National ICT Australia Ltd (NICTA). Our mission is to create Australia’s data-driven future. We believe Australia can lead the world in change and not just respond to it.
To create a better world for the future generations, we’re bringing together the innovation ecosystem and building a global applied R&D network of partners in government, industry and academia called the D61+ Network.
Through the D61+Network we will align our collective capabilities with Australia’s national interests and help Australia create new technology-based industries that can reach global scale.
Australian Centre for Robotic Vision | QUT
Queensland University of Technology (QUT )is a major Australian university with a global outlook and a real-world focus. We are one of the nation’s fastest growing research universities and our courses are in high demand. As an ambitious and collaborative institution that seeks to equip our students and graduates with the skills they’ll need in an increasingly disrupted and challenged world, we invest heavily in collaborative learning and transdisciplinary research environments. This is epitomised by our Institute for Future Environments leveraging QUT’s deep domain knowledge in Robotics and Autonomous Systems to deliver real-world impact across theoretical and applied research in aerial autonomy, terrestrial and maritime robotics, robotic vision and navigation, learning and adaptive systems, and lifelong autonomy.
The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision has been funded $25.6 million over 7 years to form the largest collaborative group of its kind generating internationally impactful science and new technologies that will transform important Australian industries and provide solutions to some of the hard challenges facing Australia and the globe. Formed in 2014, The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision is the world’s first research centre specialising in robotic vision. The group of researchers are on a mission to give robots the ability to see and understand for the sustainable wellbeing of people and the environments we live in.
The Queensland Government’s Departments of Science, Information Technology and Innovation; Natural Resources and Mines, and Defence Industries Queensland, within the Department of State Development, support Queensland-based innovation.
The government is helping Queensland maintain its position as a major hub for aviation and aerospace activity, including unmanned aerial systems (UAS).
Recognising the importance of UAS development for both military and commercial use, the Queensland Government has played a prominent role in developing UAS research in Australia. It has done so through its support of the Aerospace Autonomy Group within the Science and Engineering Faculty (formerly the Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation), the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (formerly the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems Australia), the Smart Skies initiative and Project ResQu.
The Queensland Government has also proudly supported the UAV Challenge since its inception.
Insitu Pacific and Boeing Research & Technology – Australia
Insitu Pacific is an industry-leading provider of Unmanned Systems solutions including Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), Unattended Ground Sensors (UGS) and Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV) to Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Insitu Pacific provides a comprehensive set of unmanned systems, services and data products to ensure our customers achieve the tailored information solution they require.
Insitu is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company. Boeing Research & Technology-Australia (BR&T-Australia) was established in March 2008 to provide a centralised research and development (R&D) organisation for Boeing’s in-country businesses and serve as a focal point for collaboration with Australian R&D organisations. BR&T-Australia brings the best of Boeing technology to business pursuits in Australia by reducing technical risks on current programs and providing innovative technologies that enable the development of future aerospace solutions while improving the cycle time, cost, quality and performance of current aerospace systems.
Northrop Grumman is proud to once again sponsor the UAV Challenge. As a leading producer of unmanned systems, Northrop Grumman supports multiple education initiatives designed to create interest and opportunities for students from around the world to learn more about engineering, science and math that makes these technologies possible. Learn more about the company’s innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization at http://www.northropgrumman.com.
Lockheed Martin Australia
Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. Advancing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is a critical focus for Lockheed Martin. We know first hand the importance of educating our young people in these areas. Our future success — and our nation’s technological advantage — depend on a constant supply of highly trained, highly capable technical talent. As part of our efforts to educate and inspire tomorrow’s scientists, engineers and mathematicians, Lockheed Martin is proud to sponsor the UAV Challenge 2017-2018.
Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group
The Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group is part of Australia’s Department of Defence. It is the second largest public-funded R&D organisation in Australia. DST Group is a national leader in safeguarding Australia by delivering valued scientific advice and innovative solutions for Defence and national security.
MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. MATLAB, the language of technical computing, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualisation, and numeric computation. Simulink is a graphical environment for simulation and Model-Based Design of multidomain dynamic and embedded systems. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on these product families to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, electronics, financial services, biotech-pharmaceutical, and other industries. MathWorks products are also fundamental teaching and research tools in the world’s universities and learning institutions. Founded in 1984, MathWorks employs more than 3000 people in 15 countries, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, USA.