Student Papers Competition

The Unmanned Systems Canada Annual Student Paper Competition will once again be featured at our 2018 Conference from 30 October – 1 November in Vancouver, BC  at the Westin Bayshore Hotel.

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. Those students whose abstracts were rated in the top 3 of all submissions, as decided by the Selection Committee will be invited to write full papers to be presented and judged at the 2018 Conference in Vancouver; (an all-expenses paid trip).

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 world-wide unmanned systems industry.

With the latest in technology displayed by over 300 exhibitors on the trade show floor, there will be numerous opportunities to network; job shopping under one roof.  The speaker roster includes international experts on policy, technology and business solutions. Your presence and accomplishment will also help to promote the future of the Canadian industry.

  • Abstracts are to be submitted on-line via the Unmanned Systems Canada website.
  • Please indicate that you wish to be considered for the Student Paper Competition  in your submission. Also, if you are not a finalist, your abstract can be considered for presentation as part of the Main Conference Program and notification of acceptance will   be done in accordance with CFP published deadlines. This will not be expense paid and   all terms and conditions of a speaker will apply including registration costs.
  • A paper can have multiple authors, all of whom must be students in full time attendance at a recognized academic institution. A professor may also be listed as a co-author. Only the main student author presenting will have his/her expenses paid to attend the conference; any additional co-authors who wish to attend must register as a regular attendee at the appropriate designated rate.
  • Only the submitting student can present the paper, regardless of the number of co-authors attributed in the paper.
  • Only the student who presented at the conference and is chosen as the winner will have his/her expenses paid to attend the international conference.

TOPICS: Abstracts are requested on research into, or the use of, any aspect related to unmanned vehicle  systems.


  • Abstract – 500 words (maximum)
  • Biography – 250-word (maximum) bio of the author(s)
  • Proof of attendance at a recognized academic institution

Finalist submission of Paper – 15 September 2018.

UVS Training and Simulation
• Pilot/Operator, sensor and mission command qualifications and training.Public Safety and Security
• First Responders/Search and Rescue
• Arctic Sovereignty
• Port /Border Security
• Law EnforcementCivil and Commercial Application
• Environmental Monitoring and Research
• Infrastructure Monitoring
• Marine, Littoral and Ground Applications
• Wildfire Support
• Precision Agriculture Applications
• Wildlife & Mineral Surveys
• Cargo Operations
• Industry Experience with Civil and Commercial UVS ApplicationsAutonomous Underwater & Surface Vehicle (AUVs/ASVs) Technologies, Applications & RegulationUnmanned Ground Vehicle Technologies, Applications & Regulation (UGVs)Ethical and Legal Considerations in UVS Operations
Military Applications
• Military Unmanned System Development and/or Operations
• Weapon Delivery
• Asymmetric Warfare/C-IED
• Intelligence, Surveillance and       Reconnaissance (ISR)
• Cargo/Re-supply Support Systems• Processing, Exploitation & Dissemination (PED); Data FusionUVS Sensors and Data Integration
• Multi-sensor Integration and Data FusionRegulatory Advancements• UAS Integration into Civil Airspace
• An ATC Perspective• SFOC Processes

R&D / Emerging Technologies
• Automation and Autonomy
• Sense and Avoid, Machine Perception
• Human Factors (MMI)
• Power and Energy
• Communications

Technical Interoperability Standards


Notification: 15 June 2018

Paper submission: 15 September  2018

Send Abstract and Bio’s on-line via the Unmanned Systems Canada website

See terms & conditions


An abstract must be submitted on line  to the Unmanned Systems Canada Student Papers Committee by 1 June 2018. The abstract must be no longer than 500 words maximum and must not contain any graphics and/or photographs. If the submission does not comply, the author will be contacted and advised to submit a revised abstract that complies with the requirements.


A biography of the author (summary of    the authors’ history and experience) must be submitted in an  MS Word or PDF format  to  Unmanned  Systems  Canada  with  the  Abstract  by 1 June 2018.  The biography must be no longer than 250 words maximum and not contain any photographs, if the abstract is approved but the biography is longer than 250 words the author will be contacted and advised to submit a revised biography that complies with the maximum word length.


The paper may be written, or collaborated on by multiple authors. In that event the calibrators can be credited under the paper title and referenced on the main authors’ biography. Under the  Terms and  Conditions  only  the  main  author  is  entitled  to  the  Terms  and  Conditions  outlined.    We recognize, that in many cases, a professor may be one of the co-authors in a paper.


The papers selection committee of Unmanned Systems Canada will read and score the submitted abstracts. Authors of the top 3 scored abstracts will be invited to write and submit full papers by the stated deadline and present those papers at the next Unmanned Systems Canada Conference. The submitted full papers can be of the authors chosen length and may include figures. The abstract submitted is required to be reduced to 250 words for printing in the Conference handbook. The final paper and reduced abstract are due 15 September 2018.


The three (3) Student Paper finalists will be able to register for the Conference at no cost. Conference Registrations forms must be submitted to the Conference Coordinator no later than 60-days prior to the conference start. Student finalists that can’t for any reason attend and present their paper must notify the Papers Committee at their earliest opportunity or at minimum by 60-days prior to the scheduled start day.


Travel, accommodation, and meal costs for the 3 finalists will be reimbursed by Unmanned Systems Canada  upon  submission  of  receipts.  Accommodation is booked by the Conference Coordinator for the 4 days of the conference. Travel must  be  arranged  and paid by the student by  the  most  economical  method available. Travel arrangements must be confirmed with and approved by Unmanned Systems Canada prior to booking. Only the expenses of the presenting student will be reimbursed and the student must book travel and submit receipts to the Conference Coordinator or Executive Director of Unmanned Systems Canada.


 The Presentation must be constructed in MS PowerPoint and provided at the Speaker Registration Desk no later than 07:00 am the scheduled morning of the presentation. Presentations can be provided on a returnable memory stick or CD. Presentations are scheduled for 20 minutes in length followed by a 5 minute Q&A. Only the submitting student can present to the judges. You will use the computer provided in the speaking room by the conference and ensure that video and the software format you are using are standard. Also ensure to have a separate file for any imbedded video in your presentation.


Unmanned Systems Canada will publish the abstract and authors biography in the Conference Handbook which is made available to all conference attendees. In addition Unmanned Systems Canada will make the students’ paper and presentation available to members for download from the Unmanned Systems Canada Website.


The winner of the Student Paper Competition will be the presenting author that has the highest combined score of the paper and presentation. The winner will be informed of the date of the prize; if the winner is unavailable for the prize they must inform Unmanned Systems Canada at their earliest opportunity. The prize of attendance at a major International UVS show the following year  is non-transferable.


Please submit abstract and author biography on-line via the Unmanned Systems Canada website by clicking here.

Questions may be addressed to the papers selection committee  via email at [email protected]