RobotX Challenge 2022

RobotX Challenge 2022

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, university-level 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.

Are you ready to take on the 4th RobotX Challenge?

RoboNation, in collaboration with the United States Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Australian Defence Science and Technology Group (DST) is pleased to announce that the 2022 Maritime RobotX Challenge will take place at the Sydney International Regatta Centre from November 11 – 17, 2022. Click here to keep reading the announcement.


  • Dates

    November 11-17, 2022

  • Location

    Sydney International Regatta Centre

    Old Castlereagh Rd

    Castlereagh NSW 2749, Australia  

  • Eligibility

    High School, College

  • Vehicle

    Autonomous Maritime System utilizing a WAM-V Platform

  • Registration

    Registration is now closed.

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2022 Team Handbook (V2)

The Team Handbook document provides all the competition details, rules, and task descriptions for participating in the 2022 Maritime RobotX Challenge.


Last Updated: February 28, 2022

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OpenHSI Resources

OpenHSI is a complete camera and software hyperspectral imaging system developed by staff and students at the University of Sydney, originally funded by The Commonwealth of Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), Maritime Division. 



Last Updated: February 23, 2022

Meet the Teams

Advancing Science, Technology, and Art
Advancing Science, Technology, and Art
Team Inspiration

San Diego, California, USA

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We are a robotics team based San Diego, California, that was started in 2011. We have students ranging from 8th grade to college undergraduates. We currently participate in the FIRST Tech Challenge, RoboSub, RoboCar and RobotX competitions. Our goal is to be able to learn the most we can about robotics and to spread all that knowledge to others. Fittingly, our team motto is:
To Learn, to Share, to Innovate, to Inspire!

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Team Minion

Daytona Beach, Florida, USA

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Team Minion is a student lead team. Our team has a multi-disciplinary approach to accomplishing tasks and focuses on teaching students the necessary technical skills to succeed in engineering. The team seeks members from all engineering disciplines but is composed of a mechanical engineering core and is lead by the mechanical engineering faculty. Team Minion brings together undergraduate and graduate students with faculty to tackle the challenges of maritime autonomy.

George Mason University
George Mason University
Mason RobotX

Fairfax, Virginia, USA



This is the first year that George Mason University has fielded a team for the RobotX competition. With a multi-disciplinary group of students and faculty from Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Systems Engineering, we are excited to participate in this international competition!

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology
Marine Robotics Group

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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The Marine Robotics Group is a student team at Georgia Tech tackling the challenges of sending autonomous machines into the blue. With a focus on exploration, the group develops vessels for advanced autonomy and long-range endurance, which are put to the test in the RobotX and Microtransat Challenges. Team members include undergraduate and graduate students from various majors and backgrounds who share an interest in robots capable of discovery.

James Cook University
James Cook University
JCU Robotics

Townsville, Queensland, Australia


The JCU Robotics Team is a group of enthusiastic individuals attending James Cook University located in North Queensland, Australia. We are excited by the challenge that Robot-X presents and the chance to compete on an international stage. Our team members are eager to diversify their skillsets by completing this multi-disciplinary challenge.

Lake Superior State University / Free University of Bolzano
Lake Superior State University / Free University of Bolzano

Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, USA and Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy

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Team AMORE is a diverse group of engineering students spanning two continents. In the United States, students working toward undergraduate degrees in Mechanical, Electrical, Robotics, and Computer engineering are developing the Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) and creating the low-level control needed for the vessel’s autonomy. In Italy, students working toward graduate degrees in Control & Systems Engineering, and Mechatronics are developing the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and creating the high-level control needed for vehicle autonomy.

Nanyang Technological University
Nanyang Technological University

Singapore, Singapore

We are a team from NTU Singapore with all team members currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, specialising in Mechatronics and robotics. While NTU is a returning competitor, we, the team members, are currently inexperienced, but curious and thrilled to represent our university in an international competition such as RobotX. We are experienced in CAD, CFD, MATLAB, and Python, and are excited to put these skills to use in the real world.

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 to build autonomous systems of the future. We build and design autonomous maritime vehicles that capable of navigating underwater and on the water surface and perform a series of tasks without any remote control assistance. The system is targeted to be designed as highly intelligent and robust to changing environmental conditions. Full autonomy is achieved with an advanced sensor suite and array of powerful actuators.

National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University
National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University

Hsinchu City, Hsinchu, Taiwan

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Team NYCU (previously NCTU) is organized by passionate students and professionals in robotics. Team NYCU members are trained and motivated by the Duckietown education platform to develop autonomy that could be easy to use and available for everyone. Our team has participated in the RobotX 2018 and the DARPA Subterranean Challenge Tunnel and Urban Circuit in 2019 and 2020.

Northwestern Polytechnical University
Northwestern Polytechnical University
Breaking Wave

Xi’an, Shaanxi, China

Breaking Wave team consists of a number of postgraduates and professors from Northwestern Polytechnical University. The team members cover mechanics, electronics, control, image processing, artificial intelligence and other majors. It is a team with comprehensive strength and has achieved excellent results in USV and AUV competitions.

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Santiago, Región Metrpolitana, Chile

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Caleuche is the oficial team of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, which was ranked 1st in the QS Latin America University Rankings 2021.  The team is formed by students, graduates and professors. It has the support of the Compas laboratory that is a specialist in marine and underwater robotics.  It will be the first Chilean team in this competition and probably the first Latin American team.

Queensland University of Technology
Queensland University of Technology

Queensland, Australia



TeamQUT consists of true-blue science, engineering and creative industries undergraduate students who are stoked to compete again in this rippa of a challenge. A newbie team for 2022, we build on the legacy of TeamQUT alumni who competed in 2014, 2016 and 2018. Not shy of a bit of hard yakka, we encourage learning and exploring new ideas and engineering principles that build our engineering skillset with a professionalism to meet the real-world nature of the challenge.

The University of Queensland
The University of Queensland
Team Mantis

St. Lucia, Queensland, Australia


A student-driven rookie 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
University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida, USA

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The Machine Intelligence Laboratory (MIL) provides a synergistic environment dedicated to the study and development of intelligent, autonomous robots. The faculty and students associated with the laboratory conduct research in the theory and realization of machine intelligence covering topics such as machine learning, real-time computer vision, statistical modeling, robot kinematics, teleoperation and human interfaces, robot and nonlinear control, computational intelligence, neural networks, and general robotics. Applications of MIL research include autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), autonomous water surface vehicles (ASVs), autonomous land vehicles, and autonomous air vehicles (AAVs including quadcopters and micro air vehicles, MAVs).

MIL’s SubjuGator is the three time champion autonomous submarine of the RoboSub AUVSI/ONR underwater competition (2005-2007) and placed in the top 3 in eleven of the 21 years of the competition (including second place in 2012, 2013, and 2014). MIL’s NaviGator AMS, won the Maritime RobotX Challenge in Oahu, Hawaii in 2016, our first time in this biennial competition. In 2018, we earned fourth place, again in Oahu, Hawaii. We will next compete in the Maritime RobotX Challenge in Sydney, Australia in November 2022. In 2013, MIL participated for the first time in the RoboBoat AUVSI/ONR water surface vehicle competition with our PropaGator robot boat; we won! In 2014, we earned second place in the RoboBoat competition. We also won the static division of the 2011 ION Robot Lawnmower competition with MIL’s InstiGator robot lawnmower.

University of Newcastle
University of Newcastle
NU Marine

Callaghan, New South Wales, Australia

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NU Marine provides the opportunity for undergraduates at The University of Newcastle to get cutting edge skills in the development of autonomous vehicles. The team competes in the international Maritime RobotX Challenge, with an alternating bi-annual physical competition, and virtual simulation competition.

University of Sydney
University of Sydney
USYD Sealions

Chippendale, New South Wales, Australia


USYD Sealion is an Australian Robotics Team Participating in the RobotX 2022 Competition.
We are made up of a diverse range of undergraduate students.
USYD has participated in previous RobotX Competitions such as the 2018 RobotX Compeition and 2019 VRX Competiton.

Community Hour - Monthly Community Calls

Join us each month to learn more about the competition season and to engage with other competitors. We are anxious and excited to see your returning face, as well as some new ones.

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