IMAV Abstract Submissions Open NOW

The International Micro-Air Vehicle (IMAV) 2018 Conference is now accepting abstract submissions. Abstracts should be one (1) single-sided page submitted as a word or pdf format (.doc, .docx, .pdf) to . For more information and to read the call for papers, please see the website:

All papers will be peer-reviewed. Exemplary papers may be selected for publishing in the International Journal of Micro Air Vehicles or Unmanned Systems Journal. The paper must be presented at IMAV 2018 in order to be selected – so register here:

IMAV will take place in Melbourne, Australia 17-23rd November 2018. For more information about IMAV (the competition or the conference) please see 

Follow the Twitter tag #IMAV2018 for updates.


Our team members had a fantastic time at the 2018 Aerospace Industry Night hosted by RMIT’s Aerospace Engineering Student Association (AESA), Monash Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering club (MAMEC) and the Australian Youth Aerospace Association (AYAA). The industry night is a professional event for students interested in a career in aerospace, aviation, space and defence. Our team members had a great time talking with prospective students and industry members about what it is like to be part of a dynamic research group. Our team’s display included our Heavy Lift octocopter, the Narwhal 2.0 wind sensing UAS, MARV and a simulator so students could put their flying abilities to the test. We’d like to thank AESA, MAMEC and AYAA for hosting such a wonderful event and letting us showcase our work. Thanks also go to the volunteers who helped set up, pack up, and gave their time on our stand. We look forward to doing it all again in 2019!

Triple R Interviews Dr Matthew Marino

Triple R – 3RRR 102.7FM interviewed Dr Matthew Marino on Sunday 18th March. The riveting discussion about drones and the community covered everything from the research we do in the RUASRT lab (both fundamental and applied), to unusual drone uses, risks and safety of drones in urban environments, as well as technology developments.

If you want to hear about fire-spotting drones, and drones designed to fly into hurricanes, check out the podcast here (Dr Marino’s interview begins at 46:00).

A very big thank-you to Triple R for having Dr Marino on the show!


Dr Matthew Marino Presents at F1 Grand Prix

At the 2018 Formula 1 Grand Prix, Dr Matthew Marino gave a presentation on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and the future of drone technology. A question and answer session followed where he was able to discuss some of the research conducted by the RMIT UAS Research Team and answer many more drone-related questions.

Dr Marino is an Aerospace and Aviation lecturer at RMIT University and a member of RUASRT.

RUASRT will have a stand at the Innovation Precinct for the duration of the Melbourne F1 Grand Prix. Stop by to see our drones and flight demonstrations.

Melbourne F1 Grand Prix 2018

For the third year in a row, the RMIT Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research Team (RUASRT) had a stand in RMIT’s Innovation Precinct at the Melbourne Formula 1 Grand Prix. Alongside tech-related groups like the Formula-SAE teams, we showcased our research drones and provided flight demonstrations in our huge netted area.

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Postgraduate and undergraduate students, as well as several academics from the team, were there to talk with racegoers about all things drone. The flying demonstrations were a big hit, and as always, “Eddie the Eagle” was a fan-favourite.

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IMAV 2018 Website Launched

The official International Micro-Air Vehicles (IMAV) conference and competition 2018 website has launched. You can find it here:  IMAV will take place 17th – 23rd November 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.

The website has up-to-date information regarding rules, important dates, and other useful tips and tricks for your visit to Melbourne. Sign up to our mailing list here to make sure you don’t miss out on any information.


AMAV 2017 at RMIT

RMIT students from the Engineering Unmanned Aircraft Systems elective competed at the second Australian Micro Air Vehicles competition on 19th October 2017. This year’s event was held at the Greensborough Model Aircraft Club (GMAC).

Students worked very hard on their design, build, and fly projects during the 12-week course. Where they were tasked with using the components provided to create a unique quadcopter capable of navigating the obstacle course, reading the QR codes posted throughout the “city” and safely delivering a medical payload to our “injured” crash-test dummy. Eight teams competed, with several electing to pilot the craft themselves. Many were able to read several of the QR codes, fly successfully (despite high winds), and drop the payload.

Several prizes were awarded to the students for their efforts, with the overall winners announced as Team 6 (with a score of almost 400 points!). Several students were given piloting awards for their skills and everyone should be proud of their achievement.

We are very grateful to GMAC for their support in hosting this event.





RMIT Research Excellence Award

The RMIT Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research Team (RUASRT) has been listed as a successful nominee for the RMIT Research Excellence – Team Award. This is a part of the 2017 Vice Chancellor’s and RMIT Research Awards and Prizes event which celebrates the hard work and accomplishments of students, academics, and groups throughout RMIT. We’re extremely proud to have our efforts recognised at this level, and it only adds to our motivation. Well done, team!