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UTARI assists in building teams to participate in several national and international competitions in the areas of water, ground and aerial vehicles. Get in contact with the teams or request additional information here.

IEEE Mobile Microrobotics Challenge
IEEE Mobile Microrobotics Challenge

Typically held at the annual IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, this competition features robots no bigger than 600 micrometers in their largest dimension. The competition consists of two events structured to test each microrobt's speed, agility and ability to manipulate small objects. This team is sponsored by L3 Communications and Ronald & Lucinda Cross. 

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dan Popa

May 31-June 7, 2014 in Hong Kong, China

AUVSI Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition
AUVSI Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition

This competition team, sponsored by Lockheed Martin, developed a unique quad-wheeled design for their ground vehicle. The technologies involved in the IGVC come from a wide range of disciplines and are those of great current interest in both industry and endineering education. Teams are tasked with developing an automous vehicle and system that can compete in a variety of events testing the vehicles autonomy, design and navigation skills.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Frank Lewis

President: Rommel Alonzo

Vice President: Bardia Mojra

June 6-9 at Oakland University, Rochester, MI.

AUVSI Student Unmanned Air Systems Competition
AUVSI Student Unmanned Air Systems Competition

The SUAS competition 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. The student team, sponsored by Bell Helicopter last competeted at Webster Air Field, Maryland and are now preparing for the 2014 competition. 

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Brian Huff

June 18-22, 2014 at Webster Field, St. Inigoes, MD. 

AUVSI International RoboBoat Competition
AUVSI International RoboBoat Competition

Sponsored by QinetiQ North America, this international competition challenges students to develop an autonomous vehicle of their own design, from the hardware to the programming. During the three day competition, challenges included littoral area navigation, obstacle courses and autonomous docking.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Brian Huff

July 8-13, 2014 at The Founders Inn, Virginia Beach, VA.

R.O.V.E.R. Society at UTA
R.O.V.E.R. Society at UTA

Students are challenged to create a multi-disciplinary team to build a planetary rover prototype and demonstrate its capabilities to perform a series of tasks in field tests at the Mars Desert Research Station in Hanksville, Utah. This is an international competition with students participating from all around the world. 

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Alan Bowling

May 29-31, 2014 at Mars Desert Research Station, Hanksville, Utah.