The competition, in its third and final edition in this series, took place over three heats on 6 and 7 October in the Leonardo 'drone arena' in Turin. The six universities - the University of Rome Tor Vergata, the Polytechnic University of Turin, the Polytechnic University of Milan, the University of Bologna, the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa, and the University of Naples Federico II - demonstrated the increasingly advanced capabilities of their drones in locating and avoiding obstacles and in identifying and pursuing targets.
Victory went to the Polytechnic University of Milan team led by PhD student Gabriele Roggi, confirming its position as the strongest team for the third time. Second equal were the University of Rome Tor Vergata team, 'captained' by PhD student Simone Mattogno, and the Polytechnic University of Turin team with PhD student Simone Godio, who also won the 'Special Jury Prize' for his distinguished performance in map reconstruction. In addition to its accuracy in positioning obstacles, the Turin team distinguished itself for its ability to characterise and reconstruct information about its surroundings.
Let us now take a step back to tell you what these three years of experimentation have meant for the students, researchers and Leonardo technicians involved: not only have technologies been developed, but an ecosystem has been created that is able to link up large businesses, the research and education sector, SMEs and start-ups. It is a continuum that makes possible the sharing of new ideas, innovation projects and research programmes in the field of Artificial Intelligence as applied to drones: the future of mobility and autonomous transport.