UAV Instrumentation and Data Processing

Trophy 2021

The reliance and demand on remote sensing instrumentation for uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAV) are increasing rapidly in almost all fields to support human activities. UAV systems become primary remote sensing platforms due to their advantage of flexibility and cost. The IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) Technical Committee on Instrumentation and Future Technology (TC IFT) holds a competition on innovative instrumentation, data processing, and applications of UAVs. This inaugural competition aims to promote the civilian use of instruments and data processing techniques that could be implemented in future remote sensing applications. Projects in this competition will be judged emphasizing innovation, safety, capability, and technical excellence.


Call for Proposal: 1 July – 31 August 2021
Proposal submission: 1 – 31 August 2021 1 August – 1 October 2021
Proposal Review: 1 – 14 September 2021  2-12 October 2021
Nominator Announcement (10 Teams/Proposals): 15 September 2021  19 October 2021
Interview and Demonstration / Video (Online): 15-16 October 2021  25 October 2021
Winners Announcement: 25 October 2021
Inauguration Ceremony: 1 or 2 November 2021 (Online)

First winner (1 person/group): 5,000 USD prize + Certificate
The second winner (1 person/group): 3,000 USD prize + Certificate
The third winner (1 person/group): 1,000 USD prize + Certificate
Nominee Awards (3 persons/groups):  Certificate

Winner New !
The winner of the competition is below, congratulations all!
The First Winner: Alex R M Scott; Connor O’Reilly, Oli Dale; Rowan; Nicholas Ranum (University of Canterbury), Object Tracking using Drone Swarms
The Second Winner: Budiman Pa Rohman; Muhammad Andra; Masahiko Nishimoto (Kumamoto University), Multisensory UAV Systems for Effective Search and Rescue Operation
The Third Winner: Harshit Harshit; Chandrahas Singh; Kamal Jain (Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee), UAV Swarm-based Victim Identification and Tracking using Deep Learning in Disaster and Public Safety Environments

Proposal submission:
Please submit your proposal using the required template below with a maximum of 10 pages (only a pdf file). Additional material(s), i.e., a video clip (<500 MB), paper(s) (<20 MB), etc.

Template of the proposal: download template
Submission link: Submission (Open on 1 August 2021)
Link of competition: IEEE GRSS

Competition Reviewers
Leader: Prof. Josaphat Tetuko Sri Sumantyo, Chiba University, Japan
Co-Leader: Assoc. Prof. Wolfgang Rack, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Prof. John Kerekes, Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
Prof. Prof. Andrea Marinoni, Norges Arktiske Universitet, Norway
Prof. Hao Liu, Center for Aerial Intelligent Vehicles (CAIV), Chiba University, Japan
Prof. Ketut Wikantika, Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB), Indonesia
Dr Wahyudi Hasbi, National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN), Indonesia
Dr Adi Wirawan, National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN), Indonesia

The activity of IEEE GRSS TC IFT 

Update : 10 November 2021