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Aerial Evolution Association of Canada 2023 Conference and Exhibition Student Competition Awards

Each year, Aerial Evolution Association of Canada hosts The Best Student paperThe Best Student Oral Presentation, and The Best Student Poster competitions at the AEAC Annual Conference & Exhibition.  These awards are given to university and college student participants to acknowledge their contribution to the unmanned systems industry and to encourage strong academic excellence.

This is an exciting opportunity for students to gain exposure for their original and innovative work and interact with the rest of the Canadian aerial community while competing for recognition and cash prizes.


A single prize and certificate of recognition will be awarded to the most outstanding research/technical paper ($800), oral presentation ($350), and poster ($350), sponsored by the Drone Systems and Applications journal.

Students who wish to enter the 2023 student competition must specifically indicate their intention to compete and send their abstract (500 words) and bio (250 words) to [email protected].  

Submission Deadlines 

The submission deadlines for the student paper only competition are as follows:

  • Announce Competition Open – April 15, 2023. 
  • Initial Title/Abstract/Bio submission deadline: May 29, 2023.
  • Notification of Acceptance: June 12, 2023.
  • Paper Submissions Close: August 28, 2023.
  • Presenters notified by Sept 11, 2023 

Significant Dates

  • Announcement of the results will be conducted during the Aerial Evolution Conference and Exhibition which takes place in Ottawa, Ontario from Nov 7 to Nov 10, 2023.
  • December 11, 2023 – Feedback and comments will be provided to the students with recommendations to submit their papers to the Drone Systems and Applications journal.
  • February 1, 2024 – Deadline for submitting papers to the Drone Systems and Applications journal.

The submission deadlines for the Oral & Poster competitions are as follows:

  • Announce Competition Open – April 15, 2023. 
  • Initial Title/Abstract/Bio submission deadline: July 31, 2023.
  • Notification of Acceptance: Sept 11, 2023. 
Call For Paper

Student UAS Competition

Aerial Evolution Association of Canada is pleased to announce the annual Student UAS Competition.

Hop on and buckle up!  Your instructions to passengers as we take off in a different direction this year.   A Big City would like to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of downtown passenger transit, and requests bids to develop and demonstrate an Urban Air Mobility System (UAMS) sub-scale prototype. University and college teams from across Canada, are invited as industry Bidders, to create concepts, design a UAM System, and compete in a sub-scale assessment of their designs and participate in head-to-head flight assessments. Their Phase 1 ‘design papers’ will be in the form of Proposals in response to the Big City RFP.


Mark Cuss Memorial Scholarship

In December 2006, a young, gifted unmanned vehicles engineer working with CDL Systems named Mark Cuss passed away after a courageous 22-month battle with cancer. At the time of his death, Mark was only 27 years old. However, during his short time Mark made significant accomplishments both in his personal life and in his professional life.

The Mark Cuss Memorial Scholarship has been set up to:

  • Honour the memory of Mark Cuss by encouraging the interest
    of those in the field of unmanned vehicles and furthering
    future innovations.
  • Help those interested in unmanned vehicle technology reduce
    the financial burden of post-secondary education.
  • Encourage and facilitate students to develop and communicate
    concepts related to unmanned systems technology.
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Important Dates for 2023

  • The deadline for students to apply is August 14, 2023
  • The Aerial Evolution Mark Cuss Memorial Scholarship winner will be informed by 11 Sept 2023, and will receive a $5,000 cash contribution
  • All applicants to the Mark Cuss Scholarship will receive the discounted student rate.