Polytechnic University of Milan wins Leonardo drone contest

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Polytechnic University of Milan has won the second edition of the Leonardo Drone Contest. The competition was organised by Leonardo in association with six Italian universities to promote the development of Artificial Intelligence applied to unmanned systems. 

The competition was held over several heats from 28-30 September in Turin where Leonardo’s aircraft division is based. Teams from six universities took part: the Polytechnic University of Turin, the Polytechnic University of Milan, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa, University of Rome Tor Vergata and University of Naples Federico II. 

“The performance of the competing teams has improved immensely during this second competition,” said Laurent Sissmann, senior vice president of Unmanned Systems at Leonardo. “We are seeing how all the objectives set at the creation of the drone contest are gradually being realised. Thanks to the contest’s three-year duration, we intend to develop new technologies and skills in the unmanned sector, create a fruitful partnership to train and nurture the ecosystem made up of companies, SMEs and universities. In addition to building a solid collaborative network between the contest participants that is open to the outside world. As well as stimulate the participants’ entrepreneurial talent, which could lead to the creation of start-ups in the sector, and involve the local area, local institutions and related industries.”

The Polytechnic University of Milan team, led by PhD student Gabriele Roggi, was ranked first by winning the second edition after a challenging and hard-fought competition that saw the teams of University of Rome Tor Vergata with PhD student Simone Mattogno and the Polytechnic University of Turin with the PhD student Simone Godio placed second and third. The team of PhD student Lorenzo Gentilini from the University Alma Mater Studiorum of Bologna, from last year’s competition, was awarded the “Jury’s Special Prize” for stimulating interest in their collaborative solutions between technologically advanced systems and automation.

The Drone Contest, a competition that officially began in June 2019, after the presentation symposium in July, today concluded the second of the three planned events, which concludes, next year, with the final competition.

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