The Robotics and Internet-of-Things Lab at
Prince Sultan University organizes
Drone Pilot Training Certificate

Presented by

Prof. Anis Koubaa

28-31 January 2018
Prince Sultan University
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Program Highlight

The objective of this training program is to provide a quick start to drone piloting with the MAVLink protocol. Learning how to pilot drone and define autonomous mission is very challenging and time consuming. There is a huge amount of informtaion to know, yet this information is very scattered on the Internet. By attending the 13-hour training sessions, the participant will have a full understanding of drone technologies, and will have the ability to build hos own drone, and enjoy piloting it either with a remote control or using a ground station.

The Program will contain the following topics:

  • Hands-on activities on real-drones
  • Hands-on activities on emulated drones
  • Field piloting experiments
  • Tutorial sessions
  • Virtual machine will all software provided
  • Certificate upon exam passing

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this training, it is guaranteed that each participant will be able to:

  • Recognize the components/sensors/actuators of a drone and difference between them
  • Build a drone on his own using commerically-available drones parts
  • Fully understand how the autopilot works
  • Easily configure the parameters of the drone for customized platforms and applications
  • Develop embedded programs for the drone
  • Inetract with the drone using MAVLink protocol
  • Use a ground station to control the mission of a drone
  • Understand the basics for developing a ground station in any programming language


Most important dates

  • November 15, 2017

    Opening Registration

  • December 31, 2017

    End of Early-Bird Registration
    (500 SAR discount for individuals)

  • January 20, 2018

    End of Registration

  • January 28-31, 2018

    Drone Building Certificate Event

Registration For discounts on GROUP registrations, please contact the organizers.

About the Instructor
Prof. Anis Koubaa

Dr. Anis Koubaa is a Professor in Computer Science, and Leader of the Robotics and Internet-of-Things Lab, in Prince Sultan University. He is also R&D Consultant at Gaitech Robotics in China and Senior Researcher in CISTER/INESC TEC and ISEP-IPP, Porto, Portugal. He has been the Chair of the ACM Chapter in Saudi Arabia since 2014. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in UK. He received several distinctions and awards including the Rector Research Award in 2010 at Al-Imam Mohamed bin Saud University, and the Rector Teaching Award in 2016 at Prince Sultan University. He is the Editor in Chief of the Robotics Software Engineering topic of the International Journal of Advanced Robotics Systems, Associate Editor in the Cyber-Physical Journal (Taylor & Francis). He is also the authors of six books with Springer on robots, sensor networks and Robot Operating Systems (ROS). He is the author of more than 180 journal and conference publications. His current research deals providing solutions towards the integration of robots and drones into the Internet of Things (IoT) and clouds, in the context of cloud robotics.

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