Student Unmanned Aircraft Systems Competition

The purpose of the competition is to promote and develop Canadian expertise and experience in unmanned systems technologies at the university and college levels. Even small scale unmanned vehicles are complex systems requiring a well planned and executed design approach.  In addition, safety considerations are important factors in this competition as in any other vehicle design project.
The students have been faced with real life scenarios involving the environment, agriculture, mining, transportation and oil and gas sectors. Each team is a “company” and makes a pitch as to why the customer should select them to solve the problem. During the flying phase they must locate the scenario components, collect the data and provide analysis in a written report to their “customer”, all within the time limit. The competition is designed and judged by a dedicated group of Unmanned Systems Canada volunteers, and supported by local volunteers and industry sponsors.


The competitors must be registered full time in a recognized Canadian university or college. Teams may be organized internally at the discretion of their respective members.

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Mark Cuss Scholarship  

Deadline – 21 Sept 2017

In December 2006, at the age of 27, a gifted unmanned vehicles engineer named Mark Cuss, passed away after a courageous 22 month battle with cancer. Mark took his work ethic and curiosity from his life on a farm to become an award winning student at the DeVry Institute in Calgary and after graduation to be a leader at CDL Systems where he was working at the time of his death. During his short time he had made significant accomplishments both in his personal and professional life.
In response to the untimely death of this talented young engineer, a scholarship fund has been established in his memory, administered by Unmanned Systems Canada. This opportunity is intended to encourage and facilitate students to develop and communicate concepts related to unmanned vehicle technology.


The cash award of $2500 is available for undergraduate studies at any recognized Canadian University or DeVry Institute located within Canada. The key components to qualify require the applicant to have an average of 75% and demonstrate an understanding of the unmanned systems industry by writing a brief paper describing their vision.
The winner is presented with the scholarship at the Annual Conference.

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Student Papers Competition

The Competition is open to all Canadian undergraduate and graduate students at a recognized university or college who are registered in full time studies at the time of submission. Abstracts are requested on research into, or the use of, any aspect related to Unmanned Vehicle systems. Those students whose abstracts were rated in the top 3 of all submissions, as decided by the Selection Committee, will be invited, with all expenses paid, to submit full papers to be judged and presented at the Unmanned Systems Canada Annual Conference. The 2017 conference will be held in Toronto in early November.
The experience at the Unmanned Systems Canada conference is invaluable in that students get to interact with the rest of the Canadian unmanned vehicle systems (UVS) community and more clearly understand how their research resonates with practitioners. In addition to the conference experience, the student whose paper and presentation is selected as the winner, will get their expenses paid to accompany Unmanned Systems Canada to an international UVS conference the following year to take advantage of international networking opportunities and help to represent the Canadian unmanned systems community.
Abstracts of 500 words max, can be submitted to the Call For Presentations for the Main Conference Program.
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Student UAS Competition – Sponsor the Best & Brightest

This year’s simulated BVLOS crime scene investigation  has attracted 14 teams from across Canada to showcase their teamwork and technology.

Law enforcement has been called to the scene of a suspected bike gang operation in a remote farm building.  They believe that the building contains several members, a large supply of drugs and weapons, and is defended.  Officers are reluctant to approach the house, which has no protected avenue of approach, without a good understanding of the threat.  Your UAS “company” has been called to support the operation.  You will be required to conduct surveillance of the property, to deliver a remote listening device to a location on the property based on results of the surveillance, and to search a large area adjacent to the property for vital pieces of evidence.

Sponsorship opportunities to support the best and brightest in this world class event are available.