IMAV 2021 / Conference

Call for Papers


The International Micro Air Vehicle Conference and Competitions (IMAV) is a yearly event that aims at fostering key technologies for the development of micro-air vehicles. Since early editions, the IMAV has offered a pioneer event format where competitions are carried out alongside a two-day conference. Highly recognized members of the community are invited to deliver keynotes, while academics are invited to submit research and technical papers. After a peer-reviewed process, accepted papers are presented during the conference.

Important Dates (Extended)

Conference website IMAV2021
Paper Submission Deadline June 21 July 12, 2021 (23:59 Pacific Time)
Notification of Acceptance August 1 August 12, 2021
Camera-ready September 12 September 30, 2021 (23:59 Pacific Time)
Registration Before September 1 September 30, 2021

This edition of the IMAV will be held in the Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica (INAOE) located in the city of San Andres Cholula, in the State of Puebla, México. The conference will take place from the 17th to 19th of November, 2021.

Topics for scientific and technical papers include, but are not limited to:

  1. Low Reynolds number aerodynamics
  2. Unsteady aerodynamics
  3. Smart morphing materials
  4. Propulsion set and new energy sources
  5. Autonomous navigation
  6. Autonomous Drone Racing
  7. Cooperation and formation flight
  8. Control theory and state estimation
  9. Computer vision for MAVs
  10. Sense & avoid Integration of UAVs in airspace
  11. Reconfiguration in unpredicted events
  12. New MAV architectures
  13. Characterization of noise emission for MAVs
  14. Low noise and noise mitigation

Dedicated applicative sessions will be set up for the following topics:

  1. Atmospheric research
  2. Archeological research
  3. Search and rescue operations
  4. Industrial inspection
  5. Agriculture & environment
  6. Artificial Intelligence for MAVs
  7. Ethics & Regulations
  8. Societal impact of MAVs

Submission Guidelines

Authors are encouraged to present research related to MAVs, from fundamental knowledge in disciplinary topics to cross-disciplinary technological innovation and the use of MAVs to other research fields. Dedicated applicative sessions will be set up.

Scientific and technical sessions will be organized. The authors will have 20 minutes to present their work, respectively. Technical papers and Scientific papers will be submitted as draft papers. Papers should have a minimum of 6 pages. 2 extra pages will be allowed for a maximum number of 8 pages.

Authors must use the conference template, which can be downloaded from the conference website at: Paper submission

Authors are encouraged to include their ORCIDs in their papers. The papers should be submitted electronically through the Easychair System.

Author fees

For registration instructions please check Registration instructions

  • Early

    $100 USD / $2,000 MXN

  • Regular
    (After September 1st, 2021)

    $150 USD / $3,000 MXN

  • Max. Number of pages


Extra fees

Extra page
  • Cost

    $20 USD / $400 MXN

Special Issues

Based on the quality of the papers and after a thorough evaluation by the IMAV’s international committee, selected papers and Finalist to the “Best Conference Paper Award” will be offered to be published in one of the following two Journals:


The proceedings of the conference will only be available on-line with free access for anybody.


International Program Committee

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

Program Chair

Hugo Rodríguez-Cortés
Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN (CINVESTAV)


This year, the IMAV 2021 conference will be hosted virtually. We will provide details for the connection in the following weeks.


All questions about submissions should be emailed to

Additional Information

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