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IFOR, or Intelligent Flying Object for Reconnaissance, is an  effort to build an autonomous aerial vehicle that successfully and robustly incorporates flight control, obstacle avoidance, image recognition, indoor navigation and path planning algorthms. This is the first such vehicle in the UAE.
The group behind the planning and the implementation of this project is Team IFOR, which began work from the fall of 2010. The team competed in the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC) 2011. During this event, when no team could successfully complete the mission, Team IFOR staved off intense competition from leading universities from around the world, including Georgia Institute Of Technology, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, IIT-Madras, etc. to rack up the most number of points and be ranked first in the world. The team's tireless efforts have seen it acquire high-profile partnerships and sponsorships from industry leaders, like Intel, etc. 
The team is now attempting to go that one extra step: to participate in the next edition of IARC, in 2012, complete the given mission and win the competition outright. The team attempts to achieve its aims by making use of contemporary tools and state-of-the-art technology, some of which are yet to be used by the world's leading militaries and companies. 

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Gear Shifters

“Team Gear Shifters from BITS Pilani, Dubai, Campus showcased their Formula SAE car at Michigan International Speedway becoming the First to Ever Represent UAE Internationally”

Team Gear Shifters is a group of automobile enthusiasts from varied streams of BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus registered with SAE International. Anshul Singhal, a B.E. (Hons.) Mechanical 2014 graduate founded Gear Shifters in November 2011 with a dream of developing a culture of Student Automotive Research in UAE by creating research opportunities and training facilities for the students in UAE.


The culture at Gear Shifters is not just to promote Automotive Research but also to inundate the character of a true entrepreneur. The team has learned the real essence of teamwork, reliability, hard work, time management, engineering, manufacturing, finance and marketing. Team started with 5 members at the time of foundation to 15 during its first international participation in BAJA 2013 at Tennessee Tech in USA to 25 during Formula SAE 2014 Michigan International Speedway, held from 14thto 17thMay 2014.


SAE BAJA 2013 and FSAE 2014 the first two International participations were the first ever to represent UAE in its history in any SAE International event. We would like to extend our gratitude towards our sponsors who helped us meet our budget of AED 3,00,000 for the previous year namely Blue Lines Shipping, Saftech EngineeringWorks FZ L.L.C, Subzero Motors, Quality International, Gulf Radiant, Polychem International, PA Resources, Globelink West Star Shipping L.L.C,Al Futtaim Motors, Dodge,Honda Racing, etc.


This year Gear Shifters proudly holds strength of 120 members in its family ready to build the next Formula SAE car named GS RF-02 for FSAE Italy 2015 to put UAE on the world map in the field of Student Racing Championships.The team has now shifted its aim from just building a racecar to building it the RIGHT WAY, with the integration of ERP solutions, corporate level Departmentalization, Finance Handling, Training Capsules and Data Mining.


The team looks forward to professional collaborations with various R&D and Educational institutions in UAE to help build a stronger platform for the young minds of UAE that aspire to do the same. This calls for help in terms of Sponsorship and Moral Support.


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Call:00971-55-5531826 or email: to know more about sponsorship opportunities.

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