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Finalists announced for AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards

May 1, 2023  - By
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The Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) has announced the finalists for its sixth annual XCELLENCE Awards. The winners will be announced during an awards ceremony at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2023 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

The AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards honor innovators who demonstrate commitment to advancing technology, leading and promoting safe operations and developing programs that use unmanned systems to improve the human conditions.


Neural10, Autonomous Navigation in GPS-Denied Zones
Ocean Alliance, Tagging Whales with Drones
University of Colorado Boulder, 20 Years of UAS Research XCELLENCE
University of Michigan, Alireza Mohammadi
Virginia Tech’s Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership, Robert Briggs


Austal USA, Austal MCS
Plus, PlusDrive, An Industry-defining Driver-in, Highly Automated Driving (HAD) Solution
Sentera, Eliminating Stitching with the Sentera DGR System
Skydio, Skydio Dock, Automated Inspections of Sites with Autonomous, Remote Drone Operations
UPS Flight Forward, Inc., Safety Management System First in the Industry Accepted by the FAA


Enterprise Application

Advanced Navigation, Cloud Ground Control
City of Pendleton, Pendleton UAS Range
JobsOhio and the Ohio Department of Transportation, Propelling AAM in Ohio


Enabling Components & Peripherals

Elsight, Elsight Halo
infiniDome, infiniDome’s GPSdome2
LEMO Corporation, LEMO M Series High Power
MatrixSpace, MatrixSpace Networked Radar
SBG Systems, Quanta Micro

Hardware & Systems Design

Advanced Navigation, Hydrus
Connect Tech, Anvil Embedded System with NVIDIA® Jetson AGX Orin™
D-Fend Solutions, EnforceAir
ModalAI, Inc., VOXL 2: 16g Blue UAS Framework 2.0 Autopilot

Software Design and Coding

Advanced Navigation, Cloud Ground Control
AlarisPro, Inc., AlarisPro Safety Ecosystem (ASE) – Advancing UAS Reliability Through Shared Data Across UAS Operators and Manufacturers, Scalable and Explainable AI for Autonomy, powered by 4D Predictive Perception
Skydio, Skydio Scout, Situational Awareness for Moving Convoys


DroneUp, with partner, Richard Bland College, Established the First Commercial Drone Workforce Training Program for College Credit
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide and Warren College, Better Together: Producing Effective Educational Opportunities for the UAS Workforce
Fullerton College, Fullerton Drone Lab, Drone Piloting Registered Apprenticeship
Laurel Ridge Community College, Laurels Take Flight
National Robotics Education Foundation NREF, National Robotics Education Foundation (NREF)


Humanitarian Project or Program

ArroTech, Rapid and Accurate Autonomous UXO Detection
MissionGO, Inc., Operation Healing Eagle Feather
Near Earth Autonomy, Autonomous Aerial Blood & Medical Supply Delivery to the Wounded
The David McAntony Gibson Foundation (GlobalMedic), GlobalMedic RescUAV Response to La Soufrière Volcano in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
UCAL Fuel Systems Limited, Drone Based Disaster Relief

Public Safety

Brookhaven GA Police Department, Brookhaven Police sUAS Team
Hidden Level, Inc., Airspace Monitoring Service (AMS)
Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Department of Public Safety
United States Forest Service, Testing and Scaling New Technologies for Operations and Safer Mixed Airspace Ops

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