The U of A Aerial Robotics Group is a multidisciplinary student vehicle project group that designs, builds, and tests small-scale Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) serving as payload drops for the UAVs. Each year, UAARG enters multiple competitions in Canada and the United States. The team’s vehicles typically carry an autopilot, onboard computer, camera(s), communications links, and various other sensors.
The main goals of the group are to build a low-cost autonomous aerial system with imaging capabilities and to teach members about concepts related to electrical engineering, RF systems, R/C aircraft, and UAVs in a practical way. Students work throughout the year to design, build, and test various components of the aircraft and the systems as a whole. Along the way, group members learn practical problem-solving skills not normally found in the classroom. Such skills involves a mastery of certain mechanical, electrical, and computer systems, but also include problem solving skills in the business, finance, and marketing aspect of a project group.
UAARG is always looking for new members and anyone is welcome to join at any point in the year. Time commitments are generally self-driven, and while experience and existing skills are a plus, all that is necessary is an interest in the project. Anyone interested in UAVs, UGVs, airframes, piloting, robotics, imaging, artificial intelligence, software, wireless communications, or project management, among other things, would have fun with UAARG. If you are interested in learning more, joining the team, or just coming out to see what it is all about, please visit http://www.uaarg.com/. Alternatively, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.