Background and scope

Systems of systems is an important field in modern aviation and a good example in this field is unmanned aerial vehicles used in collaboration to solve a specific task. With this competition the multi- disciplinary approach needed to develop technologies for such vehicles and their applications is encouraged and fostered. Awards for the best projects in this field will be granted with backing from industries in Sweden and Brazil.

The competition is about presenting the best solution to a selected problem involving multiple unmanned aircraft. This could be a few aircraft flying in formation or a swarm of smaller aircraft.

The competition encourages collaboration between academic disciplines as well as between academy and industry and is meant as an accelerator in the field of systems of systems research and, specifically, collaborative UAVs. It aims to motivate teamwork, facilitate innovation, expand international collaboration, foster entrepreneurship, and channel research into practical use. It is open to actors from Sweden and Brazil, but not necessarily only from organizations under the SARC-BARINet umbrella.

For complete information please read the competition bulletin.


Prices will be awarded for the best project in two classes
  • Open class (runs in 2021):
    The open class is aimed at teams assembled by PhD students, researchers and startup companies. Undergraduate students may participate as well. The team is to pitch a scenario for which multiple UAVs are used in collaboration to solve a specific problem.
  • Student class (Information will be provided on September 30 and run until June 2022):
    The student class accepts teams with students up to master’s level. Similar to the open class, the team is to present a scenario for how to use multiple drones in collaboration. The difference for the student class is that there is less focus on the collaborative part and more on the platform design.
Presentation could be through simulation and/or a physical demonstration.
Participants will be invited to special lectures during the course of the competition on a regular basis. The objective is to form a community among the participants.


The winning team will receive a prize of 6,000 euros to defray travel expenses for team members, who will be invited to travel to Brazil (if they are Swedish) or Sweden (if Brazilian), and will meet with representatives of the country’s aerospace industry.

Additionally, there will be special awards highlighting noteworthy achievements among the teams.

The winning team will be announced in September and officially rewarded at a workshop in October. This will be an online workshop where each team will hold a short presentation of their contribution.

Dates and Deadlines for open class

  • February 01 – Competition launch.
  • March 12 – Registration of interest. Not obligatory for participation but greatly appreciated as a hint to the organizers.
  • April 9 (extended to April 16) – Teams registration. Necessary for participation. Includes a short description of the problem/mission and what the teams aim to accomplish. Team members and participating companies need to be registered. OPEN CLASS registeration here.
  • September 15 (extended  to September 22) – Submission date. (White paper submission Template, Video submission instructions). Submission here.
  • September 30 – Winner announcement.
  • October TBD – Team presentations and awards.

Competition contact


Directors of competition

  • Glauco Caurin (São Carlos School of Engineering, University of São Paulo)
  • Raffaello Mariani (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

Advisory board

  • Magnus Ahlström (Vice President, Saab Global Innovation)
  • Anders Blom (Director of the Swedish National Strategic Innovation Programme for Aeronautics, INNOVAIR)
  • Brig. Roberto Follador  (EMAER – Estado Maior da Aeronáutica)
  • Björn Jonsson (Swedish Armed Forces Materiel Administration, FMV)
  • Brig. Ricardo Mangrich (Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications, MCTIC)
  • Daniel Moczydlower (President & CEO, EmbraerX, Head of Innovation, Digital Transformation & New Business Development, Embraer S.A.)
  • Mats Olofsson (INNOVAIR)
  • Manuel Steidle  (Centers of Reference in Innovative Technologies, CERTI)


Supporting organisations

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