European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS)

2nd price and special price @ EUCYS 2016

The contest

The European Union (EU) Contest for Young Scientists (…)  is the annual showcase of the best of European student scientific achievement [.]

The project

Drone detection system:
Detection, tracking and classification of potentially dangerous flight objects for multicopter defence

Small civilian drones are very popular right now – whether as toys or professional tools for recording videos. However, this also increases the risk of misuse, such as conducting espionage or even for carrying out terrorist attacks. In response, Tassilo Schwarz has developed a special defence system-technology that can identify unwanted drones and determine their position. The principle is as follows: Two digital cameras record the airspace to be monitored in stereo. If a drone penetrates this airspace, the system uses a sophisticated software program to keep it in view and to track its flight path. Using a directional microphone, the drone detection system is capable of even distinguishing buzzing multicopters from passing birds


  • 2nd price
  • ESO special donated price: a one-week stay at the European Southern Observatory’s facilities in Chile.


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