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Revision as of 21:04, 25 April 2021


To be considered for this opportunity, please complete the application process by composing a proposal that adheres to the following guidelines:

Initiate Account

  1. Express interest here: robotx.org/apply: This will create your official RobotX application account.
  2. Review application criteria (below)
  3. Submit your proposal via your RobotX application account

Directions received after completing Step 1.1 April 2021

WAM-V Application Timeline

  • 03 April 2021 – WAM-V Applications Open
  • 30 April 2021 – WAM-V Applications Close
  • 18 June 2021 – WAM-V Award Recipients Notified


The format of the written paper shall adhere to the following guidelines:

  • 6 page limit (excluding Title Page)
  • 8.5 x 11 in. page size
  • Margins ≥ 0.8 in.
  • Font: Times New Roman 12pt
  • Header on every page including page number
  • Submitted in pdf format

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated considering responses in three areas of equal importance.

  • Team Resources and Experience
  • Technical Approach
  • Project Management Approach

Submission of a proposal does not guarantee any award will be made. All applicants will be notified regarding the status of their application (successful/unsuccessful) by 18 June 2021. RoboNation reserves the right to request additional information.

Title Page

Title Page Data here

Technical Approach and Justification

The competition focuses on autonomy and its execution in an integrated system-of�systems, built around the WAM-V platform. This will require an understanding of systems engineering, including sensor fusion, autonomy development and integration, and testing across a range of environmental conditions. Describe the technical approach that your team will use to achieve the degree of autonomy necessary to accomplish each of the tasks in the competition as described on the RobotX 2022 competition page. Key areas of consideration include the following:

  1. Summary of hardware and software approaches to accomplishing all tasks. This should include the types of sensors required to collect data in-situ, computational infrastructure to process and integrate multiple types of data and make decisions based on situational knowledge.
  2. Plan for testing the approaches described (laboratory, field experiments, simulation, etc.).
  3. Strategies to overcome a failure of any component or system critical to accomplishing the tasks (system redundancy, multiple sensor inputs, etc.).
  4. Strategies for understanding behavior of autonomous system (situational awareness).

Technical Approach and Justification here

Integrated Team Development (a.k.a. Divide an Conquer Approach)

Four part Harmony

The primary design of unmanned systems consist of four major areas on concentration: Command and Control (C&C: the semi-autonomous and autonomous control systems), the Sensor Package (environmental inputs to the C&C in 3D space), the Propulsion, Communication, and Performance System (PCP: movements, communication, and action hardware), and the Energy Systems (ES:Power and Power control systems).

Team Qualifications

Team Resources and Experience Teams may be comprised of students at all levels of graduate and undergraduate experience and may also include industry participants. Team leadership and a majority of competitors must be students. Describe the qualifications, capabilities, academic level, and experience of the team members who will support preparing the vehicle for competition. Describe available test venues and technical facilities, expected methods or techniques (or combinations of these) that will be used to prepare your vehicle and its sensor suite for the competition. Describe your team’s previous competitive experience and how those experiences have prepared you for this event. Your responses will be evaluated considering the following:

  • Range and depth of technical facilities with respect to component design and fabrication, software development, and test facilities for autonomous systems.
  • Scope and qualifications of team members, including technical and project management capabilities.
  • Description of the roles and experience of any advisors/mentors who are not explicitly team members.
  • Previous competitive experience in robotics or autonomy competitions.

Condensed Team Qualifications here

Work Experience
C Zimmerman Alchemy Code Lab SWE Junior Development SWE, Sales and Management  
G Miller OC Freshman Finance Business Owner, Accounting  
C Miller OC Freshman Finance Business Owner, Accounting, AA Graphic Design  
J Martin OC Sophmore EE-CS Naval Officer, SWE, Navy Keyport Tech,
Former RobotX judge, IPC Mfr. Master Instructor
RobotX, CrawlerBot, SMT Mfr.
N Zimmerman OC Sophmore EE-CS Technical Writing  
D Rancap OC Sophmore ME    
K Richardson OC Sophmore ME    
Y Martin WSU Junior EE Keyport Outreach Mentor (SeaPerch, RoboSub, Camp Create), IPC Mfr. CrawlerBot, Other
D Jensen WSU Junior ME 3D Printing, Plasma Cutting and Power Coating Contractor CrawlerBot
R Simpson WSU Junior ME College Math Tutor CrawlerBot
E Ma WSU Junior ME Business Owner, Maritime Boat Handler CrawlerBot
J Macinko WSU Junior EE    
J Pipkins WSU Junior ME   CrawlerBot
W Tablan WSU Junior EE    
Z Chausee WSU Junior EE US Navy Vet  
B Otto WSU Junior EE    
E Nolting WSU Junior EE    
P Wolczko WSU Junior EE ME Degree  
J Guerreo PhD EE Professor, Faculty Advisor  
M Kejariwal PhD EE Program Coordinator EE,Professor, Faculty Advisor  
M Pitts PhD ME Program Coordinater MME, Professor, Faculty Advisor Mechatronics
G Tuncol PhD ME,EE Professor, Faculty Advisor  
P Dodge BS ME,EE Lab Tech  
B Asgharian PhD ME Professor, Faculty Advisor  
J Stoch BS ME, EE Keyport Advisor and Mentor UUV, USV
D Bevins PhD   Keyport Team Advisor UAV, USV
M Renken PhD EE Keyport Team Advisor UAV, USV, ASV, RobotX
A Qaiyumi MA ME Keyport Team Advisor UAV, USV, ASV, RobotX
J Stark-Dykema BS ME Keyport Advisor and Mentor  
S Naranjo MA Education Navy Vet, Mentor, Teacher  
A Darnton PhD ME Keyport Team Advisor  


Facilities Data here

Sponsorships and Partnerships

Sponsorships data here

Partnership data here

Management Approach

Project Management Approach

The scale of the RobotX competition requires a strong project management approach to facilitate a good performance at the event. Applicants should consider the overall budget required to build a competitive system, and all logistics required to participate in the competition. Recruiting team members and organizing and scheduling the team workforce are important aspects of team management. Developing a plan of action and milestones to meet system development and testing is critical. Dedicated activities to ensure the required level of sponsorship will be necessary.


As part of your proposal, include a budget, including as much detail as possible regarding the basis for the estimates. Include areas of uncertainty and how you have addressed them in your estimate.Consider total costs for participation in RobotX, taking into account elements such as hardware and software tools and equipment, parts, labor, shipping, airfare, lodging, food, and other factors inherent to competing at the event in Sydney, Australia. Except in the most unusual cases, it will be necessary for each team to attract additional financial and technical support from industry, local businesses, and organizations. Describe your recent experience in attracting meaningful sponsorship in past competitions or activities. 1 April 2021

Logistics and Personnel

Include as much detail as possible about your plans to transport the WAM-V (it will be delivered to you in its own custom, reusable shipping case), any additional paraphernalia, equipment, tools, and personnel to Sydney, Australia. Consider the logistics required to ship the equipment across international borders and allocate enough time in your project timeline. Describe in as much detail as is now known, the size of your full team, your on�site team, and team associates.

Schedule and Timeline

Consider the timeline between now and the competition and lay out a notional schedule for your project. This should include at a minimum designing, building, testing, and shipping the system to and from the competition. Estimate the time it will take to design and build or procure the parts, as well as testing time. Don’t forget to take into account academic schedules, holidays, access to facilities, and any other factors that may impact your ability to prepare for and participate in the competition.The following key elements will be considered when evaluating your Project Management approach:

  1. The realism of the estimated costs and expected availability of funds for team support, vehicle shipment (inbound and outbound), team travel (to include lodging and local transportation), and other expenses.
  2. Reasonableness of schedule with sufficient time allocated for elements of system design, building, and testing.
  3. Plan for recruiting talent (team members and advisors), and sponsorship (monetary as well as equipment and facilities).
  4. Any letters of support from industry, government, university, etc. (This will not count in your 6-page limit.

Management Approach Data Here

Rough Order of Magnitude Cost

Spreadsheet cost estimation here


Summary here