Program

RobotX Challenge 2024

Ahoy explorers! It's time to take maritime robotics and autonomy to the next level. Let us introduce you to the Maritime RobotX Challenge.

The Maritime RobotX Challenge is an international competition designed to foster student interest in autonomous robotic systems operating in the maritime domain, with an emphasis on the science and engineering of cooperative autonomy. This competition facilitates the building of international relationships between students, academic institutions, and industry partners.

Gather your bearings and set out on this systems engineering journey where you will get the opportunity to broaden your exposure to autonomy and robotic technologies by developing a maritime system using the WAM-V surface craft manufactured by Marine Advanced Robotics.

We look forward to seeing you and your WAM-V in Sarasota in November 2024!

Scroll down to the Resources Section for the link to the 2024 Primer & Task Ideas.

RobotX 2024

  • Dates

    November 3-10, 2024

  • Location

    Location:  Nathan Benderson Park

    Sarasota, Florida, USA

  • Eligibility

    High School, College, Industry 

  • Required Vehicle

    Autonomous Maritime System utilizing a WAM-V Platform

  • Registration

    • Opens on November 1

    • Closes on March 18

    Registration is now closed.

Competition Timeline

Resources

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Team Handbook & Task Ideas

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Meet the Teams

Advancing Science, Technology, and Art / University of California San Diego
Advancing Science, Technology, and Art / University of California San Diego
Team Inspiration / Triton-AI

San Diego, California, USA

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We are a joint team between Team Inspiration, a community robotics team based in San Diego, and the Triton-AI club of University of California, San Diego. We have students ranging from 8th grade to college graduates. Combined, our teams currently participate in FIRST Tech Challenge, RoboBoat, RoboSub, RoboCar, EVGrand Prix, Indy Autonomous Challenge, VRX, and RobotX competitions. Our goal is to learn the most we can about robotics and to spread that knowledge to others.

Flinders University
Flinders University
Team Wildu

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

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Team Wildu, located in Adelaide, South Australia, is a robotics team preparing for the RobotX 2024 Competition. Our team consists of undergraduate students dedicated to advancing our knowledge in the field of autonomous robotics. With prior experience from competitions like the 2022 RobotX and 2022 VRX, we’re geared up to demonstrate our abilities on the global stage.

Florida Atlantic University
Florida Atlantic University
Owltonomous

Dania Beach, Florida, USA

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Team Owltonomous has been a competitive team in the past RoboNation competitions. The team has been competiting in all RobotX Maritime Challenge, and as well to the past VRX and RoboBoat (5th place in both competitions). A combined team from High School students, Undegraduate and Graduate students will make a diverse and strong team.

George Mason University
George Mason University
GMU Robotx

Fairfax, Virginia, USA

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This is the second year that George Mason University will be participating in the RobotX competition. Our focus lies in the development and design of intelligent maritime vehicles that possess the capability to navigate seamlessly on the water’s surface. We are a multidisciplinary group of students and faculty from the College of Engineering and Computing, we are excited to participate in this year’s competition!

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology
Marine Robotics Group

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Marine Robotics Group, a dynamic student-led organization, thrives on exploring robotics through competitions like RoboSub and RobotX. We’re currently pushing boundaries by developing an autonomous boat for the Microtransat Challenge, aiming to cross the Atlantic. Open to all majors, our inclusive environment fosters skill development in electrical systems, robotics software, and mechanical work, aligning tasks with individual interests. Join our passionate community dedicated to advancing in multi-domain system and shaping the future of autonomous exploration.

Istanbul Technical University
Istanbul Technical University
ITU UZMAR Autonomous Sailing Team

Istanbul, Turkey

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ITU UZMAR ASTeam (ITU Autonomous Sailing Team), which continues its work at the ITUAS BMA Workshop on the shores of ITU Pond, was established within ITU and is comprised of students from various disciplines. It is an unmanned surface maritime vehicle team. Working in the emerging field of unmanned maritime vehicles, this university team, with a focus on research and development (R&D), participates in national and international competitions and exhibitions.


The goal of the team is to conduct cutting-edge research in unmanned and autonomous marine vehicles and to represent our country, Istanbul Technical University, and the team itself by achieving lasting success in national and international competitions. Their aim is to achieve remarkable successes as the first and only Turkish university team to participate in the RobotX Competition.

James Cook University / Cardiff University
James Cook University / Cardiff University
Team RAIM

Townsville, Queensland, Australia

 

Our team is composed of undergraduate and postgraduate students from the Department of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering who have a strong interest in robotics. Compared to that of 2022, we are a whole new team eager to use this competition to learn more about robotics and to meet other passionate roboticists. We will use our experience and knowledge in mechatronics, robotics vision and control to navigate through the task using both an autonomous boat and a flying drone.

Korea Maritime and Ocean University
Korea Maritime and Ocean University
KMOU MACRO

Busan-gwangyeoksi, Busan, South Korea

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We are a research laboratory of Korea Maritime University in Busan, South Korea, exploring the intelligentization and autonomization of marine vehicles.  We research algorithms and artificial intelligence technologies that improve the cognitive judgment and control capabilities of unmanned autonomous ships and underwater robots, and conduct various projects.  The team is composed of 9 members, including supervisor.

Nanyang Technological University
Nanyang Technological University
Archimedes

Singapore, Singapore

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We are a team from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Some of our members are pursuing Master’s degrees in Smart Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering, while others are pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in Mechatronics and Robotics. Despite NTU’s long-standing presence in competitions, our team members are currently lacking in experience. Nevertheless, we are eager and excited to represent our university in international competitions such as RobotX. We are proficient in CAD, CFD, MATLAB, and Python, and we look forward to applying these skills in practical settings.

National University of Singapore
National University of Singapore
Bumblebee Autonomous Systems

Singapore, Singapore

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We are a group of innovators who envision building autonomous systems of the future. As a multidisciplinary team of undergraduates, we design and build autonomous maritime vehicles capable of navigating underwater and on the water surface, performing complex tasks autonomously. We design intelligent systems robust to changing environmental conditions, achieving full autonomy with an advanced sensor suite and an array of powerful actuators.

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Caleuche

Santiago, Macul, Chile

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Caleuche is a Chilean team led by students from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, sharing a common interest in maritime robotics. Our team comprises students with diverse engineering backgrounds, showing our commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration. We are enthusiastic about enhancing our results from the previous version and learning during the process!

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru
TumiTeam

Lima, Lima, Peru

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The TumiTeam, a group of robot-loving engineers and students, is all about creating super smart boats that can think and move on their own. They’re big on using cutting-edge tech to make sure their boats can navigate the tricky waters and make smart decisions fast. They’re gearing up to show off their skills in the RobotX Challenge, aiming to push the envelope in how we explore our oceans in a cool, eco-friendly way.

The University of Queensland
The University of Queensland
Team Mantis

St. Lucia, Queensland, Australia

 

A student-driven team working across school and disciplinary boundaries to think outside the box when tackling challenges in marine autonomy. UQ’s team has a strong focus on field testing-driven development and innovation.

University of Florida/Machine Intelligence Laboratory
University of Florida/Machine Intelligence Laboratory
NaviGator AMS

Gainesville, Florida, USA

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NaviGator AMS is an suite of autonomous maritime systems, including a automated Wam-V and other robotic systems (including a submarine and a drone) designed/built by Machine Intelligence Laboratory (MIL) students at the University of Florida (UF). The University of Florida has participated in the 2016, 2018, and 2022 Maritime RobotX competitions, earning first place in 2016. The NaviGator AMS team is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and the Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Bayou Bot Krewe

Lafayette, Louisiana, USA

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Meet the spirited “krewe” from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Our autonomous boat team comprises of five seniors in the Mechanical Engineering Department, all born and raised in South Louisiana. We are working on the autonomous boat as our senior design project, where we are using our experience and knowledge in mechatronics, controls, and fluid mechanics. As we navigate the waters of autonomy, we proudly represent our culture.

University of Newcastle
University of Newcastle
NU MARINE

Callaghan, New South Wales, Australia

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Representing the University of Newcastle, NU Marine consists of one Mechanical, two Electrical and nine Mechatronics Engineering students. With a shared passion for robotics and automation, our goal for RobotX 2024 is to excel in autonomous navigation and environmental monitoring whilst assembling an impressive design document to secure a top 5 finish. We hope that our efforts this year will set us up to be legitimate competitors for 1st place within the next 2 competitions.