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Jonathan Sprinkle, Chris vanBuskirk, Stephen Rees, Jnaneshwar Das, Vijay Kumar, Joris Kenanian, Paulo Tabuada.  2017.  Compiling CPS Model Repositories through Student Competitions. 2nd Workshop on Monitoring and Testing of Cyber-Physical Systems.

This talk describes how the Cyber-Physical Systems Virtual Organization (CPS-VO) is hosting competitions for the purpose of improving CPS verication tools. We describe the 2016 Challenge, which focused on quadrotor control and codesign of payload, and the 2017 Challenge which focuses on populating a ground vehicle simulator with realistic obstacles. In addition, the interfaces by which participants compete are described, in order to articulate the means by which models can be decoupled from the system for the purposes of evaluation by external tools. 

L. Vacek, E. Atter, P. Rizo, B. Nam, R. Kortvelesy, D. Kaufman, J. Das, V. Kumar.  2017.  sUAS for Deployment and Recovery of an Environmental Sensor Probe. IEEE International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS) 2017.

Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) are already revolutionizing agricultural and environmental monitoring through the acquisition of high-resolution multi-spectral imagery on-demand. However, in order to accurately understand various complex environmental and agricultural processes, it is often necessary to collect physical samples of pests, pathogens, and insects from the field for ex-situ analysis. In this paper, we describe a sUAS for autonomous deployment and recovery of a novel environmental sensor probe. We present the UAS software and hardware stack, and a probe design that can be adapted to collect a variety of environmental samples and can be transported autonomously for off-site analysis. Our team participated in an NSF-sponsored student unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) challenge, where we used our sUAS to deploy and recover a scale-model mosquito trap outdoors. Results from indoor and field trials are presented, and the challenges experienced in detecting and docking with the probe in outdoor conditions are discussed.