Hardware, Software & the Internet of Things
June 23–25, 2015 • San Francisco, CA

Building a drone

Buddy Michini (Airware)
1:30pm–3:00pm Tuesday, 06/23/2015
Tutorial, Building / Manufacturing
Location: Cowell Theater (Herbst Pavilion)
Average rating: ***..
(3.92, 12 ratings)

This workshop will guide you through the process of building a simple, DIY hobby quadcopter drone with a focus on explaining major concepts along the way. It will cover the necessary hardware components, construction, control software, and basic flight principles. The workshop will be hands-on, and we’ll construct and program a demo drone in real-time with the goal of a having a flying system at the end of the 90-minute session!

Buddy Michini


Buddy Michini is the CTO of Airware, where he helps guide the long-term product roadmap to incorporate new developments from industry and academia into the Airware product line. Buddy has a BS, MS, and Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is a certified private pilot. His research has included adaptive control for indoor UAVs, autonomous battery swap for aerial platforms, autopilot design for R&D, and robot learning from demonstration.

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Tetsuro Morimoto
07/04/2015 1:42pm PDT

Dear Buddy Michini,

Thank you for your impressive tutorial.
I also want to try to build the drone.

Can I get the your materials, such as presentation slide and program source?

Best regards,

-Tetsuro Morimoto