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Student Team Participates at UAVSI Roboboat Competition

Monday, August 19, 2013

Students put finishing touches on UTA's Roboboat entry

UT Arlington engineering students competed for the first time in the International RoboBoat Competition July 8-14, hosted by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.

Manfred Huber, associate professor in the Computer Science & Engineering Department, traveled with students Fabian Estrada and Anthony Madrid to the competition, which required student teams from 13 universities to race autonomous surface vehicles of their own design through an aquatic obstacle course. Watch videos from the competition -- look for the Maverick team at the 1:15 mark in the "Meet the Teams" video. 

The International RoboBoat Competition was first held in 2008. During the competition, 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. The competition provides an opportunity for students to develop skills in system engineering by accomplishing realistic missions with autonomous vehicles in the maritime environment.

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