• IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
  • IROS2019.org / November 3 – 8, 2019 / The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel / Macau, China

Autonomous Drone Racing(ADR) at IROS 2019 Macau​

About ADR 2019        Rules        Organizer        Registration

The deadline for submission is July 15, 23:59 PST.

Contact: adr2019irosmacau@gmail.com


  • 11/04/2019
    • morning – Arena setting (for staffs)
    • afternoon – Dry run
  • 11/05/2019
    • morning – Dry run
    • afternoon – Main event

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Drone racing is getting popular as a new-generation hobby as well as a rising professional racing sport. Recent drone racing games show the agility of the drone flying through a zig-zagging, narrow, or confined racing circuit. An onboard camera and the head-mount display goggles provide pilots with the First Person View (FPV), and pilots demonstrate their amazing control techniques during the racing. Autonomous drone flight through such a daring environment at high speed still remains an ongoing challenge. Nonetheless, drones that can negotiate with complex surroundings can be not only as a sport vehicle but a killer application of future drones, where drones can fly through obstacles and search for survivors in a scene of accident and more. We have successfully organized ADR in previous IROS 2016 Daejeon, IROS 2017 Vancouver, and IROS 2018 Madrid. We propose the fourth ADR (Autonomous Drone Racing) in IROS 2019 Macau to make the ADR as a signature test-bed for autonomous vision-based drone navigation. In this event, we challenge teams for the top-notch technology of autonomous drone navigation toward the level of human pilot’s performance in terms of speed. In previous years, due to the limited space, the maximum speed of the drone was less than 3m/s if competed the whole track. A human pilot can easily fly the drone faster than 10m/s once trained in the environment and could pump up the speed over 30m/s if space is available. This time, ADR will be about the speed.