University of Michigan RobotX

About Us

RobotX is an international robotic vehicle competition focused on the advancement of autonomous vehicle technology. Organized by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the RobotX Maritime Challenge requires teams to utilize autonomous surface vehicle platforms and sensors to build a boat capable of on-board decision-making regarding navigation, mapping, and objective completion without human intervention or remote control. In addition to fully autonomous movement, the boat must be capable of tasks like obstacle avoidance, object detection and recovery, and signal recognition.


The 2018 Maritime RobotX Challenge is the third installation of the competition, and it features teams from six countries: Australia, China, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, and the United States. The University of Michigan RobotX team is one of nineteen teams invited to participate in this year's competition in Honolulu, Hawaii this December. The Michigan RobotX team consists of three faculty advisors, four industry mentors, and a multidisciplinary team of sixteen undergraduate and graduate students with backgrounds in the fields of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Robotics, and Computer Science. Michigan RobotX is excited to compete in its first year at the competition, as one of only nine teams invited from universities across the United States.


For More information, visit the official RobotX website!