ANU are sponsoring the World of Drones and Robotics Congress 2020

Thursday 29 October 2020

The Australian National University (ANU) College of Engineering and Computer Science is excited to announce we are official sponsors of the World of Drones and Robotics Congress (WoDaRC) 2020.

The event will be held both virtually and live in-person in Brisbane from 12-13 November.

As the largest drone Congress in the Asia Pacific region, it connects aviation experts and enthusiasts with the latest industry developments, applications and policies. 

The College is home of Congress convener and co-creator, Associate Professor Catherine Ball.

“I created the conference because it’s a culmination of all the things that I’m interested in”, said Associate Professor Ball.

“I wanted to build something where we could all come together and talk about how drones can be used to optimise health and safety, monitor the environment, and improve how we deliver first aid to people in disasters,” she said.

ANU conducts fundamental research for unmanned vehicle technologies, particularly aerial robots.

We have cutting-edge flying facilities and rapid prototyping equipment that enable in-house manufacturing and testing of robotic systems.

The College also hosts the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision, an Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence, which leads the world in the emerging discipline of robotic vision.

Drones are often associated with military, and more recently, food delivery applications. But they have so much more potential beyond this.

“It’s not just about having drones fly around delivering burritos. We could have drones flying around the cities of Australia with lifesaving defibrillators on them. Or they could transport lab samples or blood samples,” said Associate Professor Ball.

“Drones have the potential to transport sick people and fight bushfires. We'd have them operating in floods and extreme environments where it’s too dangerous for humans,” she said.

At ANU, we are passionate about taking on the global challenges of tomorrow and making a difference in people’s lives using technology. As one of the world’s leading universities, we're using traditional expertise to explore creative, unconventional directions.

WoDaRC will be an opportunity to bring together domestic and international drones, robotics, and autonomous systems’ business representatives, pilots, manufacturers, developers, and academics to connect, collaborate, and co-create. 

The Congress line up includes a number of ANU experts as guest speakers: Professor Elanor Huntington, Dean of the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science; Dr Lesley Seebeck, Honorary Professor; and Associate Professor Catherine Ball; and Dr Marta Yebra, Senior Lecturer, and ANU alumni Dr Pauline Pounds.


Discounts are available for our ANU community if you would like to attend.

> ANU students can register for online access for just $25 using code AUD25

> Friends of ANU, including our alumni and professionals, can receive 30% off registrations using the code D30PC at check out. The 30% discount will be applied on the Summary and Payment pages.


We hope to see you - either online or in Brisbane - at the World of Drones and Robotics Congress this November.

Updated:  10 August 2021/Responsible Officer:  Dean, CECS/Page Contact:  CECS Marketing