IMAV 2021 / Competitions

Call for Competitions


The International Micro Air Vehicle Competition (IMAV) is a yearly event that allows research groups from all over the world to share their knowledge, and stimulates them to focus on research that can be used in real life scenarios.

This year, the competition theme is “search and rescue.” This is motivated by the fact that Mexico sits at the boundary of three tectonic plates causing frequent seismic activity. In September of 1985 and in September of 2017, strong earthquakes caused severe damage to the capital, Mexico City, and some neighboring cities. In the aftermath, buildings collapsed trapping people and creating disaster zones whose access became difficult to bring aid.

Inspired by the scenario described above, the IMAV 2021 places a set of challenges where micro air vehicles could be essential in the search for victims, to get rapid access and a fast overview of the disaster zone, as much as to bring aid by air to the disaster zone.

Therefore, teams are expected to present novel ideas, prototypes and solutions aiming at paving the way for the next generation of micro air vehicles that can be deployed in real disaster scenarios such as the ones mentioned before.

Conference website IMAV2021
Team Participation Request May 10, 2021
Notification of Team Acceptance May 25, 2021
Registration Before September 1, 2021

This edition of the IMAV competition will be organised by the Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica (INAOE) in collaboration with the Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP) and the Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla (BUAP). These institutions are located in the city of San Andres Cholula (INAOE and UDLAP) and in Puebla (BUAP), the capital city, in the State of Puebla, México. The competitions will take place on the 17th and 18th of November, 2021.

Competitions are split up into two categories: indoor and outdoor competitions plus two special challenges. Both categories present challenges seeking to push the boundaries of the micro air vehicles’ technology currently available to date. Competitors are expected to present novel hardware and software designs, including aerodynamic designs, novel set of sensors, and exemplar capabilities such as: flight endurance; agile flight; autonomous flight; intelligent behavior; and swarming coordination.

For more details about the competition descriptions and the rule book, please visit:

Competitions Introduction

To participate in any of the IMAV 2021 competitions, teams must submit a “Participation Request” as follows:

Participation Request

An email must be sent to:

Please fill in the following information:

  1. Team Name
  2. Category (you can choose one or more):
    • Indoor
    • Indoors Noise-Free Challenge
    • Outdoor
    • Outdoor Surveillance Challenge
  3. Country
  4. Affiliation
  5. Team Leader Name
  6. Contact information (E-mail)
  7. Rank in National/International tournaments
  8. Rank in previous IMAV’s
  9. Link to a team video
  10. Link to a team website
  11. Team Description Paper (4 - 6 pages) attached to the email based on the conference template
  12. The email subject should be: [IMAV2021-Qualification] (YourTeamName)


  1. Only one team leader can be specified per team
  2. Only one contact email can be specified per team
  3. Only one team video url can be specified per team
    • The video must cover your team’s experience. The video should show the MAV flying in the air in manual mode and autonomous mode. If possible, an initial flight related to the competition missions

Instructions for the Team Description Paper

The Team Description Paper (TDP) must have 4 - 6 pages, detailing information on the technical and scientific approaches of the team, while including also the following:

  1. Team Name
  2. Names of Team Members (Team Leader should be listed first)
  3. Affiliations of Team Members
  4. Group's research focus and interests.
  5. Please, include a section of related work, especially citations to your work or the work you plan to use to build up your solutions.
  6. Please specify when you are using open-source software, libraries or software from other groups, including the appropriate citations.
  7. Brief, general description of the system when solving a task applicability in the real world
  8. Photo(s) of the MAVs
  9. Brief, compact list of your software architecture
  10. Brief, compact description of your MAV(s) hardware architecture
  11. The impact of your research/technological work must be clearly visible
  12. Indicate possible missions your team would tackle
  13. Maximum length is 6 pages (including figures and citations)

The language for the TDP, its graphics, tables and images must be English. Content in other languages must be translated. You may download a template for the TDP from the link below:

Template for Technical Description Paper

Exceeding the number of pages will automatically void your application.

Criteria to Evaluate the Requests:

  1. Team description paper (clarity, scientific contributions or applicability in real world)
  2. Performance in local tournaments and previous competitions.
  3. Qualification Video (number of demonstrated abilities, integration, difficulty of the task, applicability in real world)

Team Code for Registration

After the participation request submission, teams will receive a notification of acceptance email indicating whether the team has been accepted or not. If accepted, a “Code for Registration” will be included in the email.

The code will be used to register according to the registration instructions found in:

Registration Instructions

Important: all team members should cover a “Full Author Fee” as follows:

Full author fees

  • Early

    $400 USD / $8,000 MXN

  • Regular
    (After September 1st, 2021)

    $500 USD / $10,000 MXN

  • Early

    $200 USD / $4,000 MXN

  • Regular
    (After September 1st, 2021)

    $250 USD / $5,000 MXN

Preference Accomodation Fees for Team Members

Depending upon availability, INAOE and UDLA will offer rooms with a reduced price for team members competing in any of the competitions or special challenges of the IMAV 2021.


International Program Committee

  1. Adrián Carrio, U.P.M., Madrid, Spain
  2. Bart Remes, TU Delft, The Netherlands
  3. Ben M. Chen, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
  4. Christophe De Wagter, TU Delft, The Netherlands
  5. Dieter Moormann, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  6. Florian Holzapfel, Technical University of Munich, Germany
  7. Gautier Hattenberger, ENAC, Toulouse, France
  8. Guido de Croon, TU Delft, The Netherlands
  9. Henry De Plinval, ONERA, France
  10. Jean-Marc Moschetta, ISAE-SUPAERO, France
  11. Jose Martinez-Carranza, INAOE, Puebla, México
  1. Mark Reeder, Air Force Institute of Technology, USA
  2. Mohamed Abdulghani, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
  3. Paloma Puente, U.P.M., Madrid, Spain
  4. Pascual Campoy, U.P.M., Madrid, Spain
  5. Pascual Morin, UPMC, France
  6. Sergey Serokhvostov, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia
  7. Sergey Shkarayev, University of Arizona, USA
  8. Shupeng, Lai, NUS, Singapore
  9. Simon Lacroix, LAAS-CNRS, France
  10. Simon Watkins, RMIT University, Australia

Organizing committee

For all inquiries, please contact:

General Chair

Jose Martinez-Carranza
Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica Óptica y Electrónica (INAOE)

Indoors Competition Chair

César Martínez-Torres
Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP)

Indoor Noise-Free Challenge Chair

Caleb Rascón-Estebané
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

Outdoor Competition Chair

José Fermi Guerrero-Castellanos
Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP)


For questions about a particular competition or special challenge, please refer to the corresponding competition chair by writing an email to the address indicated above.

Additional Information

You can find more information in the official IMAV 2021 website and in the international IMAV website: