Competitions

Established by the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International, the AUVSI Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides students with hands-on robotics activities designed to fuel and sustain their interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). 

 

Each year the AUVSI Foundation offers a series of educational programs as well as robotics competitions that allow students to apply their STEM education outside the classroom. The experience is ideal preparation for entering the workforce, which is why participating students are frequently offered coveted internship and employment opportunities while still in school. Since the competitions began in 1991, more than $1.4 million has been awarded in prize money. 

 

National SeaPerch Challenge

May 16-18, 2014

University of Southern Mississippi 
Hattiesburg, MS

www.auvsifoundation.org/seaperch or www.seaperch.org

Each year, middle and high school students from across the country gather to compete in the National SeaPerch Challenge. During the National SeaPerch Challenge, student teams must demonstrate the capabilities of the SeaPerches they have built as they navigate through an underwater obstacle course. Teams also display posters and deliver oral presentations about their design philosophy and construction challenges before a panel of judges. SeaPerch is an easy to assemble, underwater ROV (remotely operated vehicle) which is built from a kit, making it a great entry point for students interested in robotics. 

 

 

Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC)

June 6-9, 2014

Oakland University

Rochester, MI

www.auvsifoundation.org/igvc

Created in 1993, the IGVC challenges student teams to develop an autonomous ground vehicle that can navigate a complex list of mobility, design, and interoperable architecture requirements. Based on product realization, it is multi-disciplinary, theory-based, hands-on, team implemented, and outcome assessed. It encompasses the very latest technologies impacting industrial development and taps subjects of high interest to students. Design and construction of an Intelligent Vehicle fits well in a two-semester senior year capstone course or an extra curricular activity earning a design credit.

 

 

Student Unmanned Air Systems (SUAS) Competition

June 18-22, 2014

Webster Field

Patuxent River, MD

www.auvsifoundation.org/suas

The SUAS Competition, aimed at stimulating and fostering interest in unmanned air systems, technologies and careers, focuses on engaging students in a challenging mission. It requires the design, integration, and demonstration of a system capable of conducting air operations which includes autonomous flight, navigation of a specified course, and use of onboard payload sensors. The event has been held annually since 2002.

 

 

International RoboBoat Competition

July 8-13, 2014

Founders Inn and Spa

Virginia Beach, VA

www.roboboat.org

The International RoboBoat Competition was first held in 2008. In it, student teams race autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) of their own design through an aquatic obstacle course. This includes littoral area navigation, channel following, and autonomous docking. It is typically accomplished with computer vision, multi-sensor fusion techniques, proactive and reactive path planning, and machine learning approaches using embedded systems within the vehicle. The competition provides an opportunity for students to develop skills in system engineering by accomplishing realistic missions with autonomous vehicles in the maritime environment. 

 

International RoboSub Competition

July 28- August 3, 2014

SSC Pacific TRANSDEC

San Diego, CA

www.robosub.org

Since 1998, the RoboSub competition has advanced the development of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) by challenging a new generation of engineers to perform realistic missions in a demanding underwater environment. The primary emphases of the competition are education and career preparation. Students gain an appreciation for the trade-offs inherent in any system design as well as lessons learned in transitioning from working bench prototype to operating reliably in the real world.


International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC)

August 1-7, 2014
Yantai, Shandong Province, China

and

SETAC, Eufaula, AL
www.foundation.org/iarc

The AUVSI International Aerial Robotics Competition, now in its 22nd year, involves the development of sophisticated aerial robots attempting a never-before-achieved mission to fly indoors to covertly search for and retrieve a specific target.  Key to the Competition mission is that these flying robots are fully autonomous "thinking" machines.  There will be no humans controlling the robots.  They must avoid obstacles, navigate, and search for the target item without any human intervention or use of GPS navigation aides.  Currently there is no aerial robot in existence that can perform the mission goals as stated in the Official Rules.  The first team to achieve these behaviors will be moving the state of the art in aerial robotic behavior forward while providing validation of a militarily-significant mission.


Maritime RobotX Challenge
October 20-26, 2014
Marina Bay, Singapore
www.RobotX.org

Maritime RobotX Challenge (RobotX), sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research and run by the AUVSI Foundation, has two primary objectives:  to create a pinnacle STEM student outreach event and promotion of interest among Pacific national partners in the science and technology of autonomous systems. 

Approximately 15 teams of students from five Pacific Rim countries – U.S., Singapore, Australia, South Korea and Japan – will use a standardized boat that will be provided by the competition organizers and compete October 20-24, 2014 in Singapore in the first-ever Maritime RobotX Challenge.  By providing the teams with a standard platform (boat), the Competition will focus on sensors, software and propulsion.

 

To learn more about sponsoring or recruiting at any or all of these events, please contact Pamela Smith at smith@auvsifoundation.org


4th Annual National SeaPerch Challenge
May 16-18, 2014
University of Southern Mississippi, Hattisburg, MS

SeaPerch is an easy to assemble, underwater ROV (remotely operated vehicle) that serves as a perfect entry point into robotics for late elementary and middle school students. The SeaPerch curriculum was developed by the MIT Sea Grant College and is designed to teach students how to build underwater robots.

Each year, students build their own SeaPerches and compete in an underwater course with other student teams from around the country. More than 80 teams participated in the 2012 event. 

Important Links:

Event Website
Support the National SeaPerch Challenge
Provide free SeaPerch kits to schools
View 2013 Results

 
UAE Innovation Challenge
April 22-23, 2014
Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Northrop Grumman and the Higher Colleges of Technology hold the UAE Innovation Challenge in AbuDhabi..  The competition consisted of teams of students from six campuses who designed, built, and demonstrated an unmanned aerial vehicle that could perform specific activities on its own.

Important Links:

Event Website
View the competition curriculum.
View the 2013 rules.


7th International RoboBoat Competition

July 8-13, 2014
Founder's Inn, Virginia Beach, VA

The RoboBoat Competition challenges student teams to design and build autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) that operate under rules of the waterway. This includes littoral area navigation, channel following and autonomous docking. This is typically done with computer vision, multi-sensor fusion techniques, proactive and reactive path planning, and machine learning approaches using embedded systems within the vehicle. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

Important Links:

Event Website
Video Gallery
Photo Gallery
Online Community
Journal Paper and Team Website Archive
RoboBoat Team Central (Intent to Compete, Mission, schedules, orientation info, team resources and discounts, etc.)


17th International RoboSub Competition

July 28- August 3, 2014
SSC Pacific TRANSDEC, San Diego, CA 

Co-sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the goal of this competition is to advance the development of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) by challenging a new generation of engineers to perform realistic missions in an underwater environment. This event also serves to foster ties between young engineers and the organizations developing AUV technologies.



Important Links:

Event Website
Video Gallery
Photo Gallery
Online Community
Journal Paper and Teach Website Archive
RoboSub Team Central (Intent to Compete, Mission, schedules, orientation info, team resources and discounts, etc.) 


21st Annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC)

June 6-9, 2013
Oakland University, Rochester, MI

The IGVC challenges college student teams to evelop an autonomous ground vehicle that must navigate a complicated obstacle course, complete with an extensive list of mobility and design requirements. Partnerships between students and industry leaders enable the competition to not only serve as a unique educational experience, but also a way to get an inside view of design challenges and establish connections with potential mentors or future employers.

Important Links:


12th Annual Student Unmanned Air Systems (SUAS) Competition
June 18-22, 2014
Webster Field, Patuxent River, MD

The SUAS Competition, aimed at stimulating and fostering interest in unmanned air systems, technologies and careers, is focused on engaging students in a challenging mission. It requires the design, integration and demonstration of a system capable of conducting air operations to include autonomous flight, navigation of a specified course and use of onboard payload sensors. Additionally, students are required to submit technical journal papers and make oral presentations.

Important Links:




23nd Annual International Aerial Robotics Competition

August 1-7, 2014
Yantai, Shandong Province, China 
and

SETAC, Eufaula, AL


The IARC requires collegiate teams to create fully autonomous flying robots capable of negotiating urban warfare situations. The IARC allows student teams to prepare for challenges that have robotic applications highly relevant to DoD and MoD programs.


Important Links:

Event Website


Maritime RobotX Challenge 
October 20-26, 2014
Marina Bay, Singapore

Maritime RobotX Challenge (RobotX), sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research and run by the AUVSI Foundation, has two primary objectives:  to create a pinnacle STEM student outreach event and promotion of interest among Pacific national partners in the science and technology of autonomous systems. 

Approximately 15 teams of students from five Pacific Rim countries – U.S., Singapore, Australia, South Korea and Japan – will use a standardized boat that will be provided by the competition organizers and compete October 20-26, 2014 in Singapore in the first-ever Maritime RobotX Challenge.  By providing the teams with a standard platform (boat), the Competition will focus on sensors, software and propulsion.


Important Links:


Event Website