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Waterloo Aerial Robotics Group
How to Join
The Waterloo Aerial Robotics Group is a team of UW students that is attempting to win the International Aerial Robotics Competition. In this competition, our team of autonomous aerial vehicles must travel a long distance, identify the target building, enter it and navigate (survey) inside. Sound difficult to you? It is. That's why we need to harness your talent and energy. We believe that UW has the best students in the world. This competition is a chance to prove it!
How to make things go. If you are interested in learning about vision systems, control systems, mechanical design, systems integration, real-time software or artificial intelligence then WARG is where you belong. When we started this project in 1997, none of us were experts in any of these areas. However, we have all learned and contributed a great deal to the project.
The benefits to becoming a WARG member are plentiful. Other than gaining the respect and admiration of your family and friends, you will meet some hard-working individuals who like robots and have fun. You will gain some incredible experience to dazzle employers, make connections for some cool jobs, have access to the mystifying "WARG lab". Most importantly you will have the opportunity to lay your hands on the coolest piece of technology on campus!
All of the members of WARG are students too. Our involvement in this project is an extracurricular activity. If you want to spend 30 hours a week working on our competition entry, then there is enough work for you. If you only want to spend 5 hours a week, that's ok. However, we have to warn you that playing with robots is a dangerous addiction. You will enjoy your WARG experience so much that you will learn how to spend more time with us :)
The members of the WARG team do. Council@warg is a group of WARG members who have dedicated their lives to winning the competition. Council@warg members have a little extra responsibility. They have to handle the finances and accounts, run the meetings, help out new members and decide on the team direction. You can become a council@warg member once you meet the following criteria:
So, if you want to get more involved you can!
There are two main ways that you can get involved. The first is to join the core WARG team and begin contributing right away. The second is to to do a long term research project for WARG.
Have you ever built an autonomous robotic flying vehicle? If you have, then we could use your help. If you haven't, don't worry because we still want your help. Whether you are an accomplished QNX software developer, an aerospace engineering freak or a frosh who wants to play with robots, we have a learning opportunity for you. E-mail us, email@example.com, and let him know you're interested.
This will be of particular interest if you have an E&CE 4th year design course/project or an SYDE 4th year workshop. WARG has identified a list of research and design projects in and of themselves that would be very beneficial to the project as a whole.
Perhaps the best way to get involved with WARG is to attend our regular meetings. At the meetings, you will be able to meet some of the WARG members and to find out more about what is currently going on in WARG. Meeting schedule is posted on our main page. We look forward to seeing you there. :)
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