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In 2012, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) launched the first biennial Maritime RobotX Challenge in support of advancements in autonomous vehicle technology across all domains (air, land, and water). These advancements are moving fast in public and private sectors, including academia through research and competitions.

RobotX is RoboNation’s most complex robotic competition to-date. RoboNation is a robotics community built to represent the force behind the next generation of builders, creators and engineers. Through this competition, we aspire to engage regional partners around the Pacific Rim while creating a new, high-level competition focused on autonomous surface vehicle platforms and sensors. The third RobotX Challenge will be held in December 2018 in Hawaii.

With the objective for RobotX being to engage, challenge, and educate students in the development of maritime autonomy through the principles of systems engineering, the competition is comprised of multiple challenges including those outlined below.


Demonstrating Navigation Control & STATION KEEPING

Underwater Sound Recognition

Avoiding Obstacles

Finding Totems

Scanning Codes

Identifying Symbols & DOCKING

Underwater Object Recovery

Detecting and Delivering

Autonomous Maritime system Heartbeat