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Team IORTA is a student-run robotics
team in BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus.
Passionate students from various
discipline of engineering like
mechanical, electrical, electronics and
computer science come together with
innovative ideas to take robotics to the
next level. With the vision to take the
complexities upon themselves to give
the human race, simplified yet
sophisticated robots, is the unified aim
of this group.
Under the guidance of our great
mentor, Dr. Udaya Kumar, who has a
profound mechanical background and
a vision for the group, the group is
confident of achieving heights in the
field of robotics.
The team aims at four aspects:
Making autonomous robots to accomplish various day-to-day
Making autonomous robots to compete in autonomous robot
Making autonomous multipurpose robot that can be used
from serving the common crowd to the most highly reputed
organizations for even the most detailed and specific task.
Conducting workshops at various instances to impart
knowledge and skill to talented students and make it a great
hands-on learning experience to understand practicality.
IORTA was founded in year 2012.
Ranked 1st in UAE and represented it in iARC
(international autonomous robotics challenge) 2013.
Ranked 8th all over the world in iARC (International
Autonomous Robotics Challenge) held at IIT-Kanpur,
India, 2013.
Ranked 5th all over the world in iARC
(international autonomous robotics
challenge) held at IIT-Kanpur, India,
The event focuses on solving a line
maze via line following, one of the very
basic yet extremely important concept
of robotics, and calculate the shortest
path in the maze. In addition to that bot
has to negotiate with an arena full of
obstacles in short obstacle avoidance
and negotiation with the environment.
Participants from various countries
would participate in a country specific
qualifying round, and the winning
teams from the countries would be
given entry to the Grand Finale of the
iARC to be held during Techkriti ’14.
Ranked 4th at an ASME (American
Society of Mechanical Engineers) event
Student Design Competition for
demonstrating a Piloted flight of
Quadcopter that implemented forest fire
control in 2014.
Design a small UAV to carry a cargo
through two gates, see below, drop a
payload and return to the starting point.
This is an initial proof of concept
prototype. You must design and build, at
a minimum, the propulsion and control
system for the UAV yourself. You cannot
purchase and modify an existing
commercially available vehicle. The
device must be able to maneuver around
and through obstacles, change height,
and pass through a hoop for sizing.
2015 - IARC
The International Aerial Robotics Competition is the longest running collegiate aerial robotics
challenge in the world. Entering its third decade of advancing the state of the art in
autonomous aerial robotic behaviour, the competition continues to tackle challenges that
are currently impossible for any flying robots owned by government or industry.
The primary purpose of the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC) has been
to "move the state-of-the-art in aerial robotics forward" through the creation of significant
and useful mission challenges that are ‘impossible’ at the time they are proposed, with the
idea that when the aerial robotic behaviours called for in the mission are eventually
demonstrated, the technology will have been advanced for the benefit of the world.
Mission 7 will challenge teams to demonstrate three new behaviours that have never been
attempted in any of the past six IARC missions. First, "interaction between aerial robots and
moving objects (specifically, autonomous
ground robots). Second, navigation in a sterile environment with no external navigation aids
such as GPS or large stationary points of reference such as walls. Third, interaction
between competing autonomous air vehicles.
2015 - SDC (ASME)
Delivering aid, including clean water, food, fuel, and medical
supplies to places, such as the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan,
is a difficult task, as transporting bulk materials over uneven and
rough terrain, in tight spaces, and over long distances is often
required to help those in need. This year’s challenge is to design
and develop a scaled-down version of a transporter capable of
delivering granular materials, which will be guided by, at most, one
The competition course is designed to capture the various
challenges that a vehicle might see in the real world. As such, the
granular material delivered needs to be “edible” once delivered,
and therefore neither damaged nor contaminated.
2015 - Techkriti ’15 (hosted by IIT Kanpur)
Shuffle and iARC (Robogames) requires autonomous
ground bots that can perform desired tasks via methods of
image processing which will be incorporated through
simulation in MATLAB.
Team IORTA is going to be competing in these prestigious
challenges and is certain of demonstrating the required
behaviour of the robots based on challenge needs.
We have used the open source robotics frameworks ROS (Robot
Operating System) to set up simulation environments and SLAM
packages for quadrotors. These will be useful for implementing
high level programs for navigation and perception.
We have built two quadrotor UAVs to test code on. The smaller
quadrotor is robust to crashes, which makes it a good platform to
test changes to core flight code. The larger quadrotor can carry a
heavier payload, which makes it ideal for testing additional sensors.
We propose to develop a set of applications in Python for plotting
sensor data and controlling the quadrotor from a computer. We can
integrate our quadrotor with Arduino boards for returning telemetry
to the ground station, reading from sensors, and sending user
commands to the flight controller board as a supplementary
support to the decision making via artificial intelligence.
in news
UAE students focused on finding workable uses for
drones - TheNational | UAE
DUBAI// They’re small, high-tech, and, if you’re smart enough to build a really
useful one that can be put to use in the UAE, it could bag you a cool Dh1 million.
The country’s inventors are buzzing with ideas to create the next generation of
unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or remote-control drones, spurred on by
advances in technology and the cash prize offered as part of Dubai government’s
Drones for Good Award.
The potential day-to-day civilian uses of drones are vast, with developers’ ideas
ranging from traffic surveillance, package deliveries and even walking the family
dog, all controlled by a smartphone app. The competition’s local judges, however,
will be looking for more practical benefits for health, education, civil defence,
transport and tourism that can be up and running within 12 months.
Civilian drone technology is still in its infancy but is expected to become a major
manufacturing sector in the future. In the meantime, creating a UAV capable of
delivering on inventors’ promises means fulfilling several difficult criteria.
“Above all, it must be capable of handling different climate conditions equally
effectively, like no wind, light wind, strong wind, heavy rain, etc,” said Anton
Gavrailov, co-founder of Flyver, a Bulgarian company that helps programmers to
develop software for drones. “What will make a difference in the drones will be the
But the technology is there and is becoming cheaper and more accessible, said
Mr Garailov, who added that drone apps are at the beginning of their development
cycle and in time will become just as simple and as popular as smartphone apps
to programme.
“From a software perspective, developers need to learn proprietary low-level
development interfaces to control the drone. This trend can be observed in many
areas of customer electronics and hardware,” he said. “You need to be a real
geek, a motivated geek, to overcome this barrier.”
But that has not deterred students from entering the contest.
A team of five from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, Dubai,
have already developed remote-controlled aerial and land bots for previous
“We plan to upgrade our bot to a completely autonomous drone for the contest,”
said Yashaan Cooper, a second-year electronics and communication-engineering
“Our bot now is pilot controlled. But we will upgrade it to make it completely
based on artificial intelligence. We want to give something back to society. We
want to take it to the next level and contribute to the Dubai government.”
Mr Cooper, 20, said their new drone would cost at least Dh15,000 to develop and
could be used for navigation, exploration, traffic updates and to deliver parcels.
“If the government wants to deliver a small parcel, it can be done securely and
with the use of fingerprints. Ours will be an integrated drone that can store data
and can be linked to Google Images.”
He said the team were looking for sponsors to fund their project.
The remote-controlled drone weighs 1.8kg, costs Dh4,000 and took six weeks to
As well as the local award, an international prize of US$1 million (Dh3.67m) is also
up for grabs that will recognise the best ideas for using drones in the next one to
three years, focusing on delivering government services in remote areas and even
providing relief during disasters.
The finalists will present their UAVs in Dubai at the Government Summit 2015, in
February. For details visit
support us
Team IORTA from the BITS Pilani,
Dubai is a unique organisation on
campus that will gives students
who are a part of the group, the
value and enjoyment in the
construction of aerial robots
while teaching them valuable
skills in engineering and
computer science. Our team will
be very grateful for the support to
help us achieve our goals.
platinum: AED 30,000
Aerial Robot foiling with company logo and design
︎Company logo and tagline on team website, t-shirts,
︎Prominent mention of the company during all
︎Company name in media coverage
︎Company listed as lead sponsors in media advertisements
gold: AED 20,000
︎Company logo and tagline on team website, t-shirts and
︎Company listed as associate sponsor in media
︎Company name in media coverage
︎Prominent visibility of company logo on the robot
silver: AED 10,000
Company name in media coverage
Company listed as associate sponsor in media
︎Company logo and tagline on team website, t-shirts and
Birla Institute of Technology & Science
(BITS) Pilani, Dubai Campus Dubai International Academic City
Dubai, UAE [email protected] +971529869037
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