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). Each year, UAARG enters one or more competitions in Canada and the United States. Scenarios range from helping forest firefighters to doing remote reconnaissance for oil train derailments. The team’s aircraft typically carries 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 system as a whole. Along the way, group members learn practical problem solving skills not normally found in the classroom. Such skills involves mechanical, electrical, and computer systems, but also include problems in business, finance, fundraising, and marketing. This group serves as more than just as a pastime for students; it is a firsthand experience of what one can expect outside of school.
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 aircraft, UAVs, 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.