Polytechnique students developing drone run by artificial intelligence


Élikos team members check their drone before a run at the International Aerial Robotics Competition in Atlanta in August.

Team Élikos chosen as finalist at the International Aerial Robotics competition

Élikos team members check their drone before a run at the International Aerial Robotics Competition in Atlanta in August. (Élikos/Facebook)

Students at Montreal’s École Polytechnique are hoping their drone will be the first to fly without a GPS or a human at the controls. The team is the only Canadian one still in the running for the top prize at the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC).

Team Élikos has built a drone that is operated by artificial intelligence. The goal is to have the drone not only take off, fly and land on its own but also have it corral little robot vacuum cleaners that are circling on the ground.

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