About RoboBoat:

“Student teams design autonomous, robotic boats to navigate and race through an aquatic obstacle course. The behaviours demonstrated by these boats mimic tasks that are being developed for coastal surveillance, port security and other types of oceanographic operations.”

Created by The AUVSI Foundation, RoboBoat is a robotics competition where teams design, build, deploy, and navigate a fully autonomous robot boat through an obstacle course.

There are seven tasks each team must complete. These are:

  1. Thrust Measurement: Determines the strength of the boat’s motor.
  2. Basic Navigation: The boat must navigate through a pair of buoys.
  3. Obstacle Avoidance: The boat must avoid all obstacle buoys and keep to the designated entrance and exit gates.
  4. Automated Docking: The boat must dock itself into the correct slip.
  5. Acoustic Beacon Positioning: The boat must detect the buoy holding a device underwater that is emitting a sound and circle it.
  6. Interoperability Challenge: The purpose of this task is to demonstrate the ability of the boat to launch, recover and communicate with an autonomous underwater vehicle.
  7. Return to Dock: The boat is required to return to the dock while avoiding all buoys.

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The full 2016 competition guidelines can be found here:



About our team:

The Ottabotics RoboBoat team consists of three sub-teams, Mechanical, Electrical, and Software.

  • Mechanical team deals with designing and building the hull, and includes working with fluid dynamics, weight distribution, heat dispersion, thrust, and all on board mechanical systems
  • Electrical team is in charge of power distribution, designing the circuitry, selecting and testing the batteries, and running wiring to supply power to and transfer data between all of the on board sensors and systems. They are also tasked with ensuring operational safety (fuses, kill switches, etc.)
  • Software team has an incredibly difficult task.  They are in charge of programming the autonomous logic that will control every decision made by the on board computer.  They are tasked with virtual mapping of the environment, controlling all on board systems, navigation, information relay with GPS and on-land server over WiFi, identifying object via computer vision (360° LiDAR and rotating camera), and much, much more

We will be competing in the summer of 2018.

Project Manager:  Matthew Smith
Mechanical Lead: Matthew Gerger
Electrical Lead:     Vin Kumar
Software Lead:      Uneeb Islam