Unmanned Systems Research Group at National University of Singapore

Visit of US Air Force Research Lab Chief Scientist, Dr. Siva S. Banda, to NUS UAV Group

NUS UAV Team News

Multi-Drone Light Show, Jan 2016

A swarm of 16 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), fitted with high-tech components and LEDs, has been captivating spectators recently with their twinkling aerial light show, as part of The Future of Us exhibition at Gardens by the Bay. The performance took about a year to plan and develop and is a joint collaboration between Temasek Laboratories (Temasek Labs) at NUS, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), to celebrate SG50 in conjunction with the The Future of Us Exhibition. The Temasek Laboratories was established by MINDEF in our universities to undertake research and development for defence.

Equipped with guidance, navigation and control algorithms, the UAVs are capable of autonomously keeping to preset flight paths while avoiding collisions with each other - necessary to perform the six-minute routines of six to seven formations flawlessly. The drones have also been made more complex, robust and resilient for the outdoor environment, and incorporate safety features that enable the performance without the use of a physical net.

Team AeroLion Tops in AVIC Cup 2015

NUS Engineering’s formidable “lions” are roaring in victory – one after another. Shortly after team VLion triumphed at the International Micro Air Vehicle (IMAV) Competition held in Germany where they emerged second, team AeroLion won the Championship of the Rotary-Wing Competition, taking the AVIC Cup at the 3rd International UAV Innovation Grand Prix held in Anji, Zhejiang on 20 October. This came with a cash prize of CNY100,000. They had a score of 509.52 compared to the 1st runner-up with a score of 320.67.

Team AeroLion is jointly formed by members from the NUS UAV research group and from AeroLion Technologies PteLtd, an NUS spin-off incorporated in November 2014.

About NUS UAV Team

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Team at the National University of Singapore has been working on various research topics related to defense technologies since 2003. The main focus is on unmanned rotorcraft systems and unconventional aircraft, and to explore the potentials of the next generation intelligent UAVs in various applications. Extensive research efforts are dedicated to cope with challenges, in which a board range of disciplines are involved, including control theory, communications, aerodynamics, navigation, computer vision, multi-agent systems, hybrid systems and artificial intelligence. The current research focus is on topics related to navigation systems for indoor and foliage environments, vision-based navigation and motion coordination, micro aerial vehicles and unconventional aircraft.



NUS UAV Team at the IMAV Competition 2015


NUS Team GremLion was selected as one of the 9 finalists (out of 144 teams from 153 countries) to the final fly-off at the DARPA UAVForge Challenge, held in 2012, in Fort Stewart, Georgia, USA. In the 2013 International UAV Innovation Grand Prix, held in Beijing, the NUS unconventional aircraft team was awarded a New Innovation Star Award and the rotorcraft team finished a 2nd place in the Rotary-Wing Competition (1st in the final round), for which its technical innovation was awarded the Guan Zhao-Zhi Award at the 33rd Chinese Control Conference held in Nanjing, China, 2014. NUS UAV team claimed the championship at the 2014 International Micro Air Vehicle Competition, held in Delft, the Netherlands. In 2015, the team secured the 2nd place in the outdoor IMAV competition, held in Aachen, Germany. The team swept constantly major awards in the annual Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competitions.



NUS UAV Team at the IMAV Competition 2014