The late Prof Rod Walker
We’re very excited to be chosen because the winners of the Australian Affiliation for Unmanned Techniques (AAUS) Business Champion Management Award for 2020. In line with the AAUS, “the Management Award recognises people or organisations that cleared the path with advocacy work that strives to enhance the business and / or technological viability of the unmanned system trade.” We need to congratulate all of the finalists and we really feel very proud to win in such firm.
The UAV Problem has run since 2007 and over time the occasion has grown and advanced as the standard and expertise of groups improved, the expertise developed (some by the groups themselves) and the UAV trade as we all know it immediately was born.
The UAV Problem was an concept of the late Rod Walker of QUT, Jonathan Roberts (then at CSIRO) and George Curran (additionally then at CSIRO). There have been many motivations for creating the Problem however the main one was to help in bringing UAVs into frequent place use in non-military domains (in 2007 the army had already begun generally utilizing UAVs).
We created two sorts of occasions. The primary was a high-school occasion that geared toward giving faculty college students studying experiences that will encourage them to consider a future profession within the UAV trade. The second was an occasion open to anybody on the earth the place a grand problem (seemingly not possible) would drive groups to innovate and resolve main technical and logistical points that we knew had been holding the UAV trade again. A typical factor in all of the occasions has been Outback Joe, an accident-prone farmer from a distant a part of Australia, however who loves UAVs and the way they can be utilized to save lots of him yr on yr.
The UAV Problem has up to now had over 700 groups with over four,000 staff members compete in 21 occasions (13 high-school and eight open occasions). These groups have come from over 40 international locations and the UAV Problem can say that we have now had a constructive influence on the usage of UAVs within the civilian world.
The UAV Problem would by no means have labored if it was not for the onerous work of lots of of individuals. The present co-organisers of the UAV Problem are CSIRO Knowledge 61 and Queensland College of Expertise (QUT). We wish to thank the members of the Technical Committee (previous and current), the numerous Judges (primarily from trade), our fellow founding organisations the Queensland Authorities and Boeing, our quite a few sponsors, earlier Steering Committee members, the occasion workers (lots of whom had been volunteers), the suppliers of the competitors websites (together with Kingaroy Airport, Dalby Mannequin Aero Membership, Calvert Radio Aero Modellers Society and Doug Browne), native governments (together with Western Downs Regional Council, South Burnett Regional Council and Ipswich Metropolis Council), Boeing and Insitu Pacific Restricted for his or her STEM actions, CASA (for his or her ahead pondering and belief), the QUT and CSIRO workers which have labored on the occasions, Dennis Frousheger, Andy Keir, Brendan Williams, Ross Dungavell and Mick Molloy (all of whom have put in big quantity of labor in their very own time), Anthony Banks (from Muller School and who has attended each single occasion and fielded high-school groups in any respect of them), all of the photographers which have taken the tens of hundreds of official photographs, our media helps (together with the BBC, Channel Ten, ABC TV, ABC Radio, Channel 7, QANTAS inflight journal) and naturally all of the groups which have entered over the previous 14 years.
Lastly, we wish to acknowledge the households of the organisers who assist us all whereas we disappear to do UAV Problem issues, or who’ve even come alongside themselves and volunteered.
We miss you Rod.