The WSU/OC RobotX Project

A proposed partnership between Engineering Clubs of Olympic College and Washington State University at the Bremerton campus to participate in the RobotX Competition.

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Just Announced 2022 Maritime RobotX Challenge in Sydney, Australia

February 3, 2021 Statement: 2022 Maritime RobotX Challenge Announced

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.

What is the RobotX Competition?

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RobotX is RoboNation’s robotic competition. Through this competition, OC pre-engineering students as a team, aspire to work with WSU Engineering Students to create an autonomous surface vehicle platform(WAM-V Boat) with sensors. The ultimate goal is to compete in the RobotX Challenge that will be held in Sydney, Australia, 2022.

The RobotX competition is an international program where innovators can grow their potential and make substantial contributions to the robotics community. Through three distinct platforms:

  • Challenge: The Maritime RobotX Challenge is an international, university-level competition designed to broaden students’ exposure to autonomy and robotic technologies in the maritime environment.
    • Student-designed-and-built autonomous robotic surface vehicles must complete a difficult series sensor of based tasks in this growing international competition.
    • Surface Vehicles are built on top of the WAM-V Maritime Vessel.
  • Interactive: Launched in 2017, RobotX Interactive Forum (previously known as the RobotX Forum) is a biennial gathering of students, researchers, senior officials and industry leaders engaged in the development and use of autonomous maritime systems.
  • Virtual: The Virtual RobotX (VRX) competition challenges student teams to develop innovative solutions in a simulated environment. These solutions can be integrated onto a WAM-V RobotX platform.

Other College/University RobotX Team Websites

  • Embry-Riddle Team RAER The Robotics Association at Embry-Riddle (RAER) draws from a large student body of all experience levels (middle school through PhD) and disciplines.
  • MIT MIT and Olin College won the First International Maritime RobotX (2014) Competition.

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

RobotX is RoboNation’s most complex robotic competition to-date. Through this competition, they aspire to engage regional partners around the Pacific Rim while creating a new, high-level competition focused on autonomous surface vehicle platforms and sensors.

Last three RobotX Challenges held

2014 RobotX Challenge: Singapore

2016 RobotX Challenge: Honolulu, Hawaii

2018 RobotX Challenge: Honolulu, Hawaii

Competition Documents
Team Engineering Papers

WSU/OC Proposed Team Organization Breakdown

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