Autonomous Drones

Hackathon/Elective

Excellent students from various backgrounds ‐ from consumer affairs to computer science ‐ learned within one week the basic concepts of Computer Vision and Object Recognition in order to autonomously compete in a final drone race. The elective course was facilitated by courier and parcel services provider DHL, which also sponsored the hardware. Excellent lecturers supported the course and provided the necessary know-how in Python, Computer Vision & Image Processing, and basics in Robotics. In a thought-provoking ethic session, the students discussed the advantages and risks that come with the usage of autonomous drones. Each team developed a different approach to master an autonomous flight of their drone through a parkour of three small soccer gates. At the end of the weeks, the four teams competed in a final race.