Unmanned aircraft competition at The University of Tulsa demonstrates innovation

Unmanned aircraft competition demonstrates innovation

The University of Tulsa Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering hosted TU’s first Green Country Unmanned Aircraft System Competition August 25-27.

Fourteen high school and college teams from Oklahoma and Dallas competed in a package delivery event requiring drones to fly a package from its source over obstacles to a destination where the package was delivered before returning to the start line. Teams could build their own drones or program one purchased off the shelf. Total scores were based on safety, round trip travel and teamwork.

“Industry, tech companies and research institutes are investing in UAV,” said electrical and computer engineering doctoral student Niki Maleki. “Even the governor of Oklahoma has supported UAV initiatives, and this technology will continue to grow.”

unmanned aircraftKaveh Ashenayi, the Hans S. Norberg Professor of Electrical Engineering and department chairman, said TU students and faculty plan to continue the annual competition.

“This was a very successful event,” he said. “All participants indicated they can’t wait to come back next year, and we anticipate additional teams.”

First place results for the high school division are Metro Tech, Manual League; Dallas TKG, FPV League; Unforgettables, Autonomous League. First place winners in the college division are Spartan, Manual League; Spartan, FPV League; Mr. Mustache, Autonomous League.